Welcome to How I Learn


How I Learn is a Wellington-based educational and clinical psychology assessment service.  It is run by clinical psychologists, Emma Levy and Polly Schaverien, along with a team of clinical and educational psychologists. We work with children, adolescents and adults to explore learning potential, areas of academic ability and difficulty, and a range of behavioural and social-emotional challenges that impact learning. 

People use our assessment services to:

  • Understand why they are facing learning challenges at school, in study or on the job.
  • Understand how behavioural and/or social-emotional challenges may be contributing to learning challenges.
  • Identify and diagnose specific learning disorders such as dyslexia, intellectual disability, and behavioural challenges such as ADHD.   
  • Identify gifted and talented learners.
  • Support Special Assessment Condition (SAC) applications to NZQA.


Unsure if you, or your child, could benefit from an assessment? Unsure if you should even be worried? That's fine! 

Contact Polly or Emma to discuss your concerns.  We can talk about what's going on and whether an assessment could be helpful. If we can't help, we will refer you on to another service that might better meet your needs.

An update on current assessments

How I Learn assessments have been suspended due to the Covid-19 outbreak.  We will get back up and running as soon as we are able to do so safely.  All those with existing bookings will be re-scheduled prior to new referrals being taken.  We thank you for your understanding.  Stay well.