Dr Catherine Hudgson

Pronouns: She/her

Clinical Psychologist and Board Approved Supervisor
Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

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Five words that describe my style as a supervisor:

Approachable
Open
Non-threatening
Thought provoking
Practical

What is it like to be in a room with me as a supervisor?

I like to create a light atmosphere where it feels easy to raise difficult and sometimes sensitive issues. I believe supervision with me involves a collaborative conversation focusing on how to develop as a practitioner. I remain fascinated by our work several decades in and I think this brings a genuine enthusiasm and positive energy into the room.

My approach is non-judgemental – I know how difficult our work is. And I like to be able to incorporate a sense of humour when appropriate. I am always more than happy to share my own experiences but do like to hear supervisees’ reflections and ideas first.

Three books that have influenced my work as a psychologist:

‘Cognitive Therapy in Action’
by Ivy-Marie Blackburn and Vivien Twaddle (I did a long placement with Vivien, who really influenced my approach to formulation)

‘Psychoanalytic Diagnosis’
by Nancy McWilliams (although this is due for another read)

‘Aware’
by Daniel J Siegel (a late comer to the list but strongly influential)

Circumstances under which I provide supervision:

  • Placement during an accredited higher degree program
  • The registrar program leading to area of practice endorsement
  • The re-entry program after a period of not practising
  • Supervision for fully registered psychologists
  • Supervision for other mental health professionals including social workers, counsellors and psychotherapists
  • Secondary supervision or consults

Areas that I am happy to provide secondary consults on:

  • Mental health and psychiatric illness in adults and older adults.

Circumstances under which I don’t provide supervision:

  • Supervision related to AHPRA complaints
  • Supervision for court reports
  • Supervision solely for written assessments

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