About The Psychology Group

Formerly known as Howick Psychology, the change to The Psychology Group took place in November 2018. John Thickpenny established Howick Psychology in 1987 and has worked alongside others in this practice throughout.

We are currently a group practice of highly experienced Clinical Psychologists who offer a wide range of expertise and experience.

We specialise in effective short-term therapy for dealing with issues of depression, anxiety, grief, loss and stress, as well as difficulties in interpersonal relationships, parenting and general life adjustment.


Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.


When you contact The Psychology Group you will be greeted warmly and we will ensure we consider  your needs and wishes and do our best to match you with which ever member of our Clinical Psychology team you feel you can relate to positively.

The Psychology Group provides Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) programmes for Depression funded by East Health Public Health Organisation. General Practitioners within the East Health PHO can refer patients who are enrolled with them. They will assess whether or not you meet criteria and will seek approval for the funded CBT from East Health.The funding enables free therapy for up to 6 sessions with a Clinical Psychologist. Once funding approval is received from East Health you will be contacted by us to discuss your availability and arrange appointment times.