Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances.

Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events; however, trauma and complex trauma can manifest in a variety of symptoms, affecting individuals emotionally, cognitively, behaviourally, and physically. For most, these reactions subside over a few days or weeks but for some, the symptoms may last longer and be more severe. At times people can develop more serious conditions such as depression, anxiety disorders, or alcohol and drug problems and other destructive behaviours. We can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing. COPE provides holistic treatment of psychological trauma and will support you in your recovery.

Our trauma approach dives beneath the presenting mental symptoms and addresses the issue

Holistically | Relationally | Developmentally

Trauma can have profound effects on mental health and well-being, and a psychological consultation can provide various forms of support and interventions.


COPE is committed to recovering every aspect of your health and wellbeing. We employ a diversity of treatment modalities within a supportive and nurturing environment to help you heal and recover from past traumas. We understand that trauma and addiction ravages every level of human existence – mental, emotional, physical and spiritual and we believe that restoring the delicate inter-connective balance between these elements is fundamental to a successful recovery.


Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a form of therapy which can be beneficial for individuals who have experienced trauma, including complex trauma, by addressing the underlying psychological and emotional processes associated with their experiences.

What to expect

Psychologists can help trauma victims find constructive ways of managing their emotions, enabling them to move forward in life. Seeking psychological support is highly recommended to help a person process their traumatic event: helping them to integrate the experience and resulting emotions so they can feel safer, become reconnected to their former sense of self and get them back on track with their desired future direction.


  • Feel heard and acknowledged with respect to the impact it’s had on life including the cascading ramifications from feeling distressed, disorientated and assaulted.
  • Reframe life events, perspective and regain sense of meaning
  • Alleviate anxiety and distress
  • Traumatic experiences can sometimes be stored in the unconscious, and bringing them to conscious awareness can promote healing. Through the therapeutic relationship, individuals can gain insight into the ways in which past experiences have shaped their beliefs, behaviors, and relationships.
  • Understanding the roots of trauma-related symptoms can empower individuals to make meaningful changes in their lives.
  • Establishing a secure and trusting bond with the therapist can provide a corrective emotional experience for individuals who may have experienced betrayal or mistrust in the past.
  • Psychoanalytic therapy explores repetitive patterns in thoughts, behaviors, and relationships. For individuals with complex trauma, understanding these repetitions can be crucial in breaking cycles of re-enactment.
  • Trauma can lead to the fragmentation of the self, where certain aspects of the experience are split off or dissociated. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to integrate these split-off parts.

Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.

Our Psychologists

Dr Hugo Gonzales

Clinical Psychologist

Michiel Gonzales

Registered Psychologist

Samuil Hossain

Registered Psychologist