Clinical Supervision allows mental health professionals to broaden their awareness of what occurs in the clinical encounter. Clinical Supervision is for Psychologists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Social Workers and other Mental Health Practitioners who want to widen their scope through a psychodynamic lens.

Dr Hugo Gonzales

Dr. Hugo Gonzales
PhD, MPsych(Clin) 

About us

COPE Centre’s Director and Principal Clinical Psychologist, Dr Hugo Gonzales, has over 25 years of experience in providing psychoanalytical psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Dr Gonzales is an educator and has been working as a senior lecturer teaching undergraduate and post-graduate psychology/counselling for multiple universities across Australia. 

I offer Clinical Supervision as a “learning relationship” and will be embedded in experiential understanding through teaching, counselling, evaluating and monitoring. I believe that when clinical supervision facilitates the learning in supervisees, learning becomes a transformational experience and gives expression to creativity to the supervisees and in turn to their work with their clients.

I am a relationally based therapist, who works within the broader frameworks of psychoanalytic psychotherapy from an object relations perspective. My therapeutic work has been largely devoted to trauma and personality disorders. 

Focus of Supervision


Clinical Skills: Develop skills in psychodynamic and psychoanalytical formulation and intervention. Have a deeper understanding of unconscious dynamics going on with clients.

Self-care and wellbeing: supportive and non-judgemental approach; stress management; work-life balance and establishing a safe holding space for therapeutic conversations.

Reflective practice: examine personal reactions arising in clinical work (i.e. transference and countertransference issues); identify strengths and limitations; improve clarity and decision making.

Ethical issues: attending to the safety and welfare of both client/patient and supervisee; ethical decision making.

Private practice: issues such as clinical procedure; marketing, networking, etc.

Healthy boundaries: working effectively with clients/patients and colleagues; conflict resolution strategies.

Professional identity: developing your own strengths and style, professional development, career planning and goal-setting.

Please get in touch with us now to organise clinical supervision. 

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