Penelope has gained invaluable experience working in the public sector in child and adolescent mental health services for over ten years. She worked for the Statewide Child Inpatient Unit part of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) at Austin Health managing children experiencing severe emotional, behavioural, socialand relationship difficulties. Here she conducted cognitive, educational and developmental assessments with children in order to understand their learning capacity and diagnostic needs whilst worked closely with the Austin School and other teams within the community outpatient setting including the ASD assessment team.
More recently her public sector work involves providing assessment and treatment to women in the perinatal period. This builds on her past work experience providing a specialized program of telephone-based counselling to pregnant women as well as providing individual therapy and facilitated group therapy to women in the postnatal period.
Penelope’s approach to her clients is authentic, honest and empathic. She enjoys the challengesthat each child brings to her consultation and is highly motivated to providing the best possible level of care and therapeutic outcome. Penelope enjoys working with like-minded professionals as part of a multidisciplinary team and fostering relationships with health care professionals across all sectors.
Outside of her time at work Penelope is a busy mum of two children. She appreciates the challenges that children bring to the family unit. She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and cooking her homegrown produce.
Professional Memberships and Associations:
-Registered and Endorsed Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA
-Registered Supervisor with AHPRA
-Member of Australian Psychological Society (APS)
-Member of APS Perinatal and Infant Psychology Interest Group