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Our Psychological Practice
Our wealth of experience enables us to offer effective, individualised, and specialised psychological care. We work with people experiencing a number of mental health issues, and provide a compassionate ground to individuals, families, couples, children and individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Our focus is to help individuals heal, grow and become aware of their inner strengths. We aim to help individuals develop insight into their internal conflicts and past experiences so that they may develop resilience and maintain excellent emotional wellbeing.
We achieve this by providing a compassionate and safe space where we listen to your concerns and work with you towards your goals. Our psychologists are trained in the latest evidence-based treatment approaches to help you overcome life’s challenges and equip you with the tools to cope in an effective way.
Professional & licensed therapists
Centre of Psychological Enrichment
COPE Centre is a multi-disciplinary practice that offers the highest level of psychological and mental health care, extending beyond the alleviation of symptoms. Our mission is to reduce emotional suffering and enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and society. We achieve this through the utilisation of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, a clinical approach that is both widely applicable and continuously evolving, providing a profound understanding of the human experience and fostering lasting change.
We are here to help you cope.
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Dr Hugo Gonzales
Mr Michiel Gonzales
Mr Samiul Hossain
Mr Alvaro Mazzino
Ms Maria Hristova
Ms Kylie Smith
Aboriginal Counsellor and NDIS psychosocial recovery coach
Ms Elisabeth Eitelberger
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Deciding whether therapy is right for you can be a personal and significant choice. Therapy can provide valuable support and guidance during challenging times, helping you navigate emotional difficulties, personal growth, and relationship concerns.
If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, struggling with persistent negative emotions, or facing challenging life circumstances, therapy can offer a safe and confidential space to explore your thoughts and feelings. A skilled and compassionate psychologist can assist you in gaining insight, developing coping strategies, and discovering new perspectives to address your specific concerns.
Psychology is beneficial for individuals seeking personal development, self-exploration, and improved well-being. It can help you identify patterns, improve self-esteem, enhance communication skills, and foster healthier relationships. It is also a valuable resource for those experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, or other mental health conditions.
When considering whether therapy is right for you, it is important to find a therapist who is a good fit for you, someone with whom you feel comfortable and understood, is essential for building a trusting and productive therapeutic relationship.
Therapy can offer various benefits and support for individuals seeking personal growth, self-exploration, and resolution of emotional difficulties. Here are some ways in which therapy can help you:
Deep Self-Understanding: psychoanalytic psychotherapy provides a unique opportunity to delve into the underlying causes of your emotional challenges and behaviours. Through the exploration of unconscious processes, past experiences, and relationships, you can gain deep insights into your thoughts, feelings, and motivations. This increased self-understanding can empower you to make meaningful changes and choices in your life.
Enhancing Coping Strategies: therapy can help you develop healthier coping strategies and mechanisms. By understanding the root causes of maladaptive coping patterns, you can gain awareness of alternative ways to navigate challenges and manage stress. This empowers you to make conscious choices and adopt more adaptive coping strategies in your daily life.
Personal Growth and Self-Transformation: Therapy is a journey of self-discovery and personal growth. By examining your beliefs, values, and aspirations, you can gain clarity about your authentic self and work towards self-actualization. It offers an opportunity to challenge and transcend self-limiting patterns, leading to positive change and a more fulfilling life.
It is important to note that therapy is a collaborative process that unfolds over time. The length of therapy may vary depending on your individual needs and goals. Working with a skilled and empathetic therapist, you can embark on a transformative journey of self-exploration, healing, and personal growth.
Therapy is often associated with addressing crises or acute mental health challenges. However, therapy can also be a proactive and preventative approach to maintaining emotional well-being and fostering personal growth.
Therapy as a preventative measure allows for early identification and intervention of potential concerns. It provides an opportunity to address emerging issues before they escalate into more significant problems. By catching and addressing challenges early on, therapy can help prevent the development or worsening of mental health conditions.
Therapy offers a supportive environment for self-exploration and personal growth. It provides an opportunity to deepen self-awareness, gain insight into patterns and behaviors, and explore one's values and aspirations. By engaging in therapy proactively, individuals can work towards personal growth, fulfillment, and the realisation of their full potential.
It is important to remember that therapy is not solely reserved for times of crisis. Seeking therapy as a preventative solution demonstrates a proactive approach to mental health and well-being. By engaging in therapy before a crisis arises, individuals can enhance their emotional resilience, develop coping strategies, foster personal growth, strengthen relationships, and prioritize their overall well-being.
COPE offers a variety of holistic approaches (i.e. creative arts, music therapy and psychology) in therapy and each session will look very different depending on which approach you choose A typical session shared between all approaches is that they are a collaborative and confidential space where individuals can openly express their thoughts, feelings, and concerns with a trained and empathetic professional. Each csession is unique, tailored to the individual's specific needs and goals. The therapist creates a warm and non-judgmental atmosphere, ensuring that you feel comfortable and safe. You have the opportunity to openly discuss the issues that brought you to therapy. The therapist actively listens, asks relevant questions, and encourages you to delve deeper into your thoughts and emotions surrounding the concerns you wish to address.
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?
Research comparing medication and psychoanalytic psychotherapy has provided valuable insights into their respective effectiveness and benefits for mental health treatment. Studies have shown that medication can be effective in managing certain symptoms of mental health conditions, providing quick relief and stabilization. However, psychoanalytic psychotherapy offers unique advantages by addressing underlying psychological factors and promoting long-lasting changes. Research indicates that psychoanalytic psychotherapy can lead to improved self-awareness, enhanced interpersonal relationships, and sustainable symptom reduction. Additionally, psychoanalytic psychotherapy has shown promising results in addressing complex and deep-rooted issues that may not be fully addressed through medication alone. The choice between medication and psychoanalytic psychotherapy depends on the individual's specific needs, preferences, and the nature of their mental health condition, highlighting the importance of personalized and comprehensive treatment approaches.
Although a referral is not required to see a psychologist, you may be eligible to receive a Medicare rebate if assessed by your GP (under item 2710 – Mental Health Care Plan).
The current Registered Psychology rebate is $92.90 and the Clinical Psychology rebate is $136.35.
Many private health funds offer rebates for psychological services. Please check rebate details with your health fund.
Unfortunately, rebates are not applicable for counselling and creative arts therapy. However, if you have a NDIS plan, get in touch with us to see if these services are covered by NDIS.
We are able to process your Medicare rebate on the day with a current Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) referral. EFTPOS facilities are available, and payment is required at time of consultation.
To access Medicare rebates for your psychology sessions you'll need to have a valid Medicare card. You'll also need to get a referral letter and a Mental Health Plan from your GP before you attend your session to access Medicare rebates.
Your referral will not provide access to all 10 eligible sessions at once. You will be required to have another check in appointment with your GP when you have completed 6 sessions with the psychologist.
Your GP will provide two documents: a referral letter and a mental health plan. Once you have these documents please provide a copy when you come in for your appointment.
The first step to getting a Mental Health Plan is to book an appointment with your doctor, who will help to assess what you need.
When you book the appointment with your doctor you can request a long, or double appointment. This will give you the space to talk through what is happening, and you are less likely to feel rushed, and more likely to feel acknowledged.
Therapy is highly confidential, and client confidentiality is a fundamental aspect of ethical practice. Therapists are legally and ethically bound to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of their clients. This means that the information shared during therapy sessions, including personal details, experiences, and emotions, is protected and kept strictly confidential. Confidentiality creates a safe and trusted environment for individuals to openly express themselves without fear of judgment or the information being disclosed to others.
Yes, online therapy has been found to be effective in many cases. Numerous studies and research have shown that online therapy can produce positive outcomes comparable to in-person therapy across various mental health conditions and concerns.
Online therapy provides increased accessibility and from the comfort of your own home, wherever you are located across the world.
COPE has a variety of clinicians with diverse skillsets, backgrounds and levels of experience. COPE is a person-centred practice and you have the choice to select your therapist. Please see our page below to see what therapists we have at COPE who may suit your needs.
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COPE Centre is located just 5 minutes from Perth CBD, with public transport easily accessible. There is plenty of street parking on Havelock and Hay street and a parking station is located on Parliament Place. The front entrance is accessible from Hay Street. Look for the Cube building.