I am Petra Hoggarth, a clinical psychologist working in Christchurch. I see adult clients (aged 18 and over) and have a special interest in working with older adults. I can also see health professionals for supervision. 

I provide psychotherapeutic treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, adjustment to life circumstances, adjustment to chronic illness, grief and bereavement. I  use the evidence-based talking therapies of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

I work Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. You can see my availability and contact details by following the Online Booking link.

Adult ADHD assessments are fully booked. Bookings are closed and I do not keep a waitlist. You can find a list of health professionals you might approach for assessment here. There is also Fillian Healthcare in Auckland who may be able to offer remote assessment. 


I am a registered clinical psychologist trained at the University of Canterbury. For nine years (2011 - 2020) I worked in the Older Persons Mental Health service at the Canterbury District Health Board with psychiatrists, nurses, physiotherapists, social workers, occupational therapists, among others. I developed a good understanding of the mental health, medical, social, and support needs of older adults.

I have worked with people dealing with the  full range of mental health problems, from outpatients, to day clinic patients, to those very unwell in the inpatient ward. I have worked with people with chronic and recurring mental health problems, as well as those experiencing their first episode. I have experience with clients living independently, those in retirement villages, rest home care, and hospital level care. I also have experience with working with older adults with cognitive impairment and their partners and adult children,  and understand the stressors and adjustments this creates for individuals, partners, and the wider family. I also performed neuropsychological assessments, usually to determine whether a degenerative illness such as a dementia was present (please note I am not offering neuropsychological assessment privately).

While my experience prior to starting private practice was with older adults, I am expecting that most of my private clients will be younger than 65. I have become aware of a dearth of clinical psychologists with a specialty in older adults, so I want to be extra encouraging of older adults to seek treatment for mental health and adjustment problems as there is generally a greater level of stigma related to mental health issues in this age group.


I completed a PhD in psychology in 2011 and qualified as a registered clinical psychologist in 2012 at the university of Canterbury. My PhD focused on older adults in determining driving ability, both in cognitively healthy people, and those with cognitive impairment including dementia. 

  • 2012 - Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (PGDipClinPsyc)

  • 2011 - PhD in Psychology

  • 2007 - Bachelor of Arts Honors (first class) in Psychology

Member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists


I live in Christchurch with my husband (also a clinical psychologist) and our two young children. In my small amounts of spare time I enjoy walking on the hill, sewing, reading, and home improvement and gardening projects.


I do not provide an emergency help service. For those in Canterbury there is the Crisis Resolution service through the Canterbury District Health Board. There is also the government sponsored Need to Talk service accessed by free call or text 1737 or 0800 1737 1737.

Contact Me

Email:  info@petrahoggarth.co.nz 

Phone: 021 1345 069

Address: Heritage Psychology

             360 Barbadoes Street

             Christchurch 8011

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