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Clinical Health Psychology

​About Clinical Health Psychology

What is a Clinical Health Psychologist?

Life's stresses may present many challenges that are more than we can handle alone.  A clinical health psychologist is professionally trained in applying psychological and behavioural strategies to address health related concerns.

Why Would I see a Clinical Health Psychologist?

A clinical health psychologist may be helpful to adults with the following concerns:

  • Difficulty in coping with illness such as multiple sclerosis, HIV, hepatitis, cancer, stroke, epilepsy;
  • Stress arising from illnesses such as irritable bowel syndrome, cardiac disease, diabetes;
  • Adapting to a physical illness or injury such as a head injury which necessitates a change in lifestyle;
  • Assessment of changes in cognitive functioning such as memory, concentration and language.

How Do I Get to See a Clinical Health Psychologist?

Appointments are made following a referral from a physician or other health care worker.  Ask your doctor if you feel these services might be helpful.

How Can a Clinical Health Psychologist Help Me?

  • A clinical health psychologist will meet with you to assess your situation and plan a course of action.
  • You will have an opportunity to talk openly and confidentially about your concerns.

What if I have Other Problems?

If you have mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety which are not directly related to a medical condition or concerns with addictions, relationships, physical or sexual abuse, contact Centralized Intake at 306-655-7950.

The Department of Clinical Health Psychology follows the Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists (PDF). 

Psychologists are regulated by the Saskatchewan College of Psychologists.

For a copy of the Department of Clinical Health Psychology Referral Form click here.

Relaxation Audio Files

These relaxation files are for you to build skills in relaxation. Relaxation is a well-researched skill that you can master with practice.

Research shows its positive benefits for a range of health issues, including:

  • ​immune system function
  • ​blood pressure reduction
  • ​digestive problems
  • ​anxiety & stress management
  • ​tissue healing after surgery
  • ​chronic pain management
  • ​insomnia

 There are three MP3 files available:

​ General instructions        for relaxation training
(6 minutes - 4 MB)


​* Download

​Progressive relaxation  
with muscle tension
(23 minutes - 16 MB)


​* Download

​Relaxation with pleasant imagery and no
muscle tension
(15 minutes - 10 MB)


* Download

 * Use 'Right-click' + 'Save As' to download

 Enjoy your training!

Contact Us

Department of Clinical Health Psychology
Room 221 Ellis Hall
Royal University Hospital
Saskatoon  SK  S7N 0W8

Telephone: 306-655-2341
Fax: 306-655-2340

Psychology Internship Program

The Psychology Internship Program is a twelve-month predoctoral internship accredited by both the Canadian and American Psychological Associations. We are affiliated with the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs, as well as the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers.

 The program has provided training since 1980 and has an incredible variety of experiences to offer, so check our Psychology Internship Program web page  for information about completing your internship with Saskatchewan Health Authority.

Last Modified: Wednesday, November 23, 2022 |
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