JTT Clarity Fund
We all need help sometimes. And you deserve to be helped.
What is the Clarity Fund?
The Clarity Fund is a mental health support fund for any premed and FMHS students at the University of Auckland or University of Otago. It aims to prevent mental health problems through training and education, as well as connect, encourage and financially support students who need the trained assistance of a professional.
What can I get?
*Available for as long as our funds last. We will pay $150 directly to one of our partnered clinical psychologists or a licensed psychologist of your own choosing for one-on-one, confidential therapy and counselling, for up to a maximum of 4 sessions.
Myth: Getting Therapy Looks Bad on my Medical Application
Reality: Not only will they never know, but looking after yourself is incredibly important and a desired characteristic for health professionals.
Who should see a psychologist?
Many people delay counselling because they don’t feel like it will help or that they haven’t tried hard enough to solve the issue themselves. However, it is actually better to see a counsellor earlier so that your efforts can be directed more effectively. Often, we can get very burned out and leave it for too long, which makes the process of overcoming and recovering much more challenging and time-consuming!
If in doubt, seek help!
Details and FAQ
As long as you are a current student at the University of Auckland or University of Otago attempting to enter medical school through either overlapping first year (biomed or healthscience) or graduate entry, or a current student within the faculty of medical and health sciences, you are eligible. If you are eligible and if we have sufficient funds left, you are guaranteed acceptance.
If you are a current medical student, we recommend that you first access FREE counselling through funding by MAS and MPS through your MPS membership. Note that all students with an AUMSA membership have an MPS membership by proxy.
No questions asked.
We will not ask you about what your problems are or request you to divulge or explain your situation to us. You do not need to justify your application.
We will only ask you to provide information that proves your eligibility by being a current UoA premed student in undergrad or graduate entry pathways.
Fill in the form below and we will process your application. All information is handled confidentially. Your application will never be shared to anyone except for our student co-ordinator or Dr Justin Sung who will review the application for eligibility. We may contact you for additional information only to confirm your current enrolment.
Once your application is accepted, we will give you a unique code that you can take to your chosen (or our partnered) licensed therapist who will charge you $100 less per session, up to a maximum of four sessions. You are, of course, free to continue sessions without subsidisation after your four subsidised sessions have been used.
If you are accepted, you will be guaranteed to have sufficient funding for the full four sessions, should you choose to fulfill them.
We endeavour to process all applications ASAP and definitely within 2 business days.
If we haven’t informed you of your application result within 2 business days, please email [email protected] to enquire.
While different psychologists have different approaches and styles, you can generally expect in your first session that they will get to know you and your situation. They will ask you questions and may ask you to fill out some questionnaires.
Based on this, they can formulate a picture of what is going on and how you are processing it. They then use psychological theories and frameworks to help you make sense of things, form realistic goals and create a plan to help you.
It is common for psychologists to suggest different approaches and techniques over time. Everyone is different and a level of experimentation is needed to find the solution that has the best fit. In follow-up sessions, these approaches are reflected on, tweaked and adjusted.
Therapy is shown to be effective for a huge number of people. However, you may find that some therapists and some techniques are more or less effective than others for you. Therapists who have been amazing for one person may not quite match someone else. If you’ve never tried therapy before, we recommend giving it a go. The potential benefit far outweighs the cost.
Even if you’ve had an ineffective experience in the past, we suggest that you “shop around” to find someone who can genuinely help you. It can seem daunting, which is why we have partnered with some psychologists who we believe can do a good job for most students.
Why did we create it?
Every single year, we have had strong and capable students come to us feeling broken, lost and inadequate. Finding the right therapist is challenging. Being able to afford them can be insurmountable for some. In many situations, the family or even friends of the affected student are not supportive, or there is a toxic perception of “if I can’t handle this, I can’t be a doctor”.
We are intimately familiar with this situation. For years we have explored ways of supporting students, either through positive communities or public podcasts and “behind the scenes” counselling that our staff provide to students. But it’s not enough.
We hope that with this fund, we can make a more meaningful dent in the mental health of premed students. And if with this we still can’t, we will find another way.
Partnered Clinical Psychologists
You can request to be seen by our partnered, experienced clinical psychologists, or your own psychologist. Our partnered psychologists have been checked for positive reviews and interviewed to check for their experience working with medical or premedical students, as well as selected based on areas of specialisation that are particularly relevant for students.
Dr Vicky Bostock, Mt Eden
Vicky has over 10 years of experience working as a psychologist in NZ and the UK. Vicky will tailor her approach to each individual she sees, developing a trusting and safe therapeutic relationship to allow people to talk freely about their difficulties at a pace that is right for them. She utilises several evidence-based therapy models, the choice of which is guided by best practice guidelines in conjunction with individuals’ preference. The therapy models she draws most heavily upon are Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT). Vicky is experienced in working with a wide range of presenting difficulties including anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, as well as low mood/depression.
Dr Daniel Farrant, Ponsonby
Since 2012, Daniel has accumulated experience working in community mental health with Counties Manukau DHB and with students at University of Auckland, offering brief, medium and long-term therapy to a wide range of people. He led a mindfulness group at the university for academic success as well as coordinating an eTherapy program for stress, anxiety, low mood and depression. Daniel is registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board and a member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists. He practices Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and employs strategies from Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Daniel specialises in helping individuals with managing stress, anxiety and depression.
Workshops with Rajna
Learn to manage your mental health by the psychologist who has worked with specialist police squads and international war victims.
Preventing mental health problems from arising or worsening is not only more effective and efficient than waiting until it has already become a significant problem, but it’s actually easier too!
Join Rajna in learning how you can manage anxiety, overcome stressors, support your friends, and take care of yourself like a professional.
All workshops are fully subsidised and free for students. Limited to 35 students per session. Click your desired workshop below to register.
Rajna Bogdanovic is a Clinical Psychologist, holding registration in both Australia and New Zealand. She is passionate about helping people get ‘unstuck’, restore their sense of self and thrive in all areas of their life.
Rajna has worked with victims of war in international criminal tribunals in The Netherlands and NGO’s in Bosnia, as well as across age groups and various presenting problems in private practice in Sydney and intensive live-in family treatment programs.
More recently, Rajna has supported police members in specialist squads; supporting them through anxiety, depression, relationship issues and their trauma symptoms, as well as completed 100’s of hours of high-level training for psychological first aid, resilience, trauma, PTSD and critical incident and trauma response.
Rajna recognises the need for more preventative and sustainable mental health measures instead of waiting and reacting at the “bottom of cliff”. For this reason, Rajna has partnered with JTT to run three workshops throughout the year for premed students.
Apply for subsidised therapy.
Fill in the form below to securely and confidentially make your application. If you are interested in attending our free, psychologist-led preventative mental health workshops, learning skills to manage stress and anxiety, you do not need to submit an application. We will post details for these workshops on our Facebook, Instagram and through our mailing list. If you’d like to be notified, please sign up to our mailing list at the bottom of this page.
Contribute to the fund
We currently rely on the money we are able to make through paid memberships to offer this fund, but our pockets are only so deep. If you would like to contribute, we will match your donation 1:1 for every dollar donated.
100% of all donations will be used solely for fulfilling the objectives of supporting mental health among premed students via the Clarity Fund.