Dr Catherine Hudgson

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

Pronouns: She/her

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Three beliefs that colour the way I work with my clients:

I believe…

That no one size fits all when it comes to therapy. As psychologists we need to find a way of working that fits with each individual’s unique way of thinking and feeling.

I believe…

Everyone can benefit from therapy, no matter what age or what the problem or diagnosis is. It’s not always easy, but together we can always achieve some change.

I believe…

Improving your mental health doesn’t have to be complicated – often some simple changes or shifts in attention can make a lot of difference.

Get to know me

My secret talent:
Making an awesome curry. Do not underestimate the importance of good food on mental health. The Brain Changer by Felice Jacka provides some great research to back up this claim.

What’s it like to be in a room with me?
People often (and understandably) come to therapy feeling quite nervous. The idea of talking to someone you don’t know about very personal things can feel scary. However, I do believe that my clients quickly feel comfortable in the room with me. My approach is non judgemental, equality based, warm and accepting – I believe that we are all human beings together in this world – all experiencing the challenges that life throws at us. Although we are usually discussing quite serious topics, at times this can still be light hearted – a little humour can help things along.

What’s my non-negotiable when it comes to taking care of my own mental health?
For me, I know that balance in all things is important. Depriving myself or overdoing it never ends well. I know I need regular good food, exercise, rest and time to myself and with my family. Regular holidays on a beach somewhere hot are also a necessity.

My life motto:
Don’t sue me Nike, but ‘just do It’ (I find myself saying this a lot!)

My background and experience

I trained in the UK and have had experience working in the NHS prior to coming to Australia. Here, I have worked for 24 years in public aged and adult psychiatry, working with clients with mental health issues such as psychotic and personality disorders, anxiety, depression and trauma. I also worked extensively in providing supervision and placement experience to trainee and early career psychologists. During this time, I worked in some management and research positions. These provided excellent experience but, most of all, reinforced for me that my passion was in working directly with clients. More recently, I have been in private practice and have found it useful and rewarding to bring my public health experience to this setting.

I am a LGBTQIA+ aware and affirmative clinician.

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I can help you with:

  • Adjustment to stressful life changes
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Body image issues
  • Carer support
  • Chronic illness and pain
  • Communication skills
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Eating disorders
  • Emotional difficulties
  • Family issues
  • Generalised anxiety
  • Grief and loss
  • Health anxiety
  • Identity issues
  • Job or study dissatisfaction
  • LGBTIQ and gender diverse clients
  • Living with cancer
  • Low self-esteem
  • Obsessions and compulsions
  • Panic attacks
  • Parenting issues
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Psychosis
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Self-development
  • Sexual assault
  • Sleep problems
  • Social anxiety
  • Stress and burnout
  • Support for abusive relationships
  • Terminal illness and end of life issues
  • Trauma and post-traumatic stress
  • Wellbeing and self-care
  • Women’s health issues

My therapeutic approaches

Depending on my client’s needs and preferences I use a variety of evidence-based approaches including:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Positive Psychology
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Strengths based approaches
  • Trauma informed practice