About Dr Hughes

Doctor  Simone Hughes is a registered and endorsed Clinical Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.  She is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society and a Registered Medicare Provider for clinical psychology items. 

Simone has a Ph.D. with Distinctions in Clinical Psychology (includes a Masters-level equivalent), a Bachelor of Arts degree with first class Honours, and a Diploma in Creative Writing. She received a Chancellors’ Commendation for her Doctoral thesis that explored the intergenerational family experience of chronic mental illness. She has expert knowledge in family systems and the caregiving experience around mental illness issues, and is particularly interested in adjustment, trauma, wellbeing and the relationship with ‘self’, creative arts therapies, attachment, identity, narrative theory in clinical practice, and family of origin issues. Dr Hughes manages the mental health needs of people from culturally diverse background and her own cultural background is Polish/Austrian and Dutch/French.

An enthusiastic artisan and crafts-person, Dr Hughes is also a published author of literary fiction and non-fiction. She has published works in Westerly, Overland, dotdotdash, Grok, and the West Australian newspaper, among other publications.  Dr Hughes is currently undertaking a Doctor of Creative Arts (part-time) and is writing her first novel.


Dr Hughes is an experienced clinician and adept at remaining sensitive and supportive of your needs. During your therapeutic contact, Dr Hughes will deploy a wide range of assessment, functional, and therapeutic interventions.      

Doctor Hughes is committed to providing her clients with an empathetic and authentic practice with room for quiet reflection, learning and discovery. You will be supported and guided through dynamic sessions to address your particular mental health and self-care needs.