58 Colombo Street
Christchurch 8022

03 337 9470



Spencer Beasley

Paediatric Surgeon and Pediatric Urologist

Kiki Maoate

Paediatric Surgeon and Urologist

Colin Watt

Specialist Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Sonja Blackburn

Clinical Psychologist

Stephanie Brown

New Zealand Registered Dietitian

Sophie Hall 

Consultant Dietitian

Dr Pam Jackson

Visiting Paediatrician

Seonaid Palmer

Registered Psychologist

Paediatric Specialists Christchurch

Colin Watt. Specialist Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Children’s Specialist Centre, Christchurch.

Colin Watt

Specialist Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Children’s Specialist Centre, Christchurch.

Sadly due to inundated referrals, both our psychologists and psychiatrists have their books for new patients closed until further notice.

Specialist Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Christchurch, Colin’s credentials include the usual full medical training (specialising in general psychiatry) with a further two-year post-fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. He completed his advanced training at South Africa’s leading centre for postgraduate specialist paediatric medical and surgical training, the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town.

Colin moved to Christchurch in 1994 and now works as a child and adolescent psychiatrist in Christchurch and Timaru.

So what does a psychiatrist do? A psychiatrist specialises in the medical speciality devoted to the study, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, of mental disorders. These include various affective, behavioural, cognitive and perceptual abnormalities, such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, attention deficit disorder, and dyspraxia (developmental delay).

Psychiatrists are medical doctors, unlike psychologists, and must evaluate patients to determine whether their symptoms are the result of a physical illness, a combination of physical and mental, or a strictly psychiatric one. Colin has a special interest in Development Disorders, ADHD, Dyslexia, and anxiety and mood disorders. His role at Children’s Specialist Centre involves offering psychosocial treatments such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), medication advice and administration, E-Therapy plus the encouragement of normalising functions like exercise, sleep, eating, parenting and relationship management.

Colin also provides outreach services in Timaru.

Specialist Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Children’s Specialist Centre, Christchurch.