Penelope McDonald
Penelope McDonald
Psychologist – Trauma Therapist
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For bookings:

Phone: 0456 157 222

Emails: pmcdpsychology@gmail.com

Penny is a registered psychologist with close to 20 years of experience working in many settings including mental health, sexual assault, family violence and the prison sectors. Penny has a keen interested in trauma work, including working with the impacts of complex trauma and has supported many individuals in their recovery over the years.

Penny’s practice is trauma-informed and culturally led with a collaborative and flexible approach to trauma recovery. The client is the expert in their lives and keeping them at the centre of the work is paramount. Using a trauma-informed approach with an intersectional lens creates an understanding of not only the client’s internal experiences, but also acknowledges and unpacks the systemic injustices that many people face due to ongoing harm perpetrated socially and globally. Having worked for 11 years in a prison setting providing trauma therapy to those incarcerated, provided a deeper understanding of the systemic abuses many in our society face that continue exacerbate personal experiences of trauma and complex trauma.

Using parts work combined with the evidenced based knowledge of neuroscience and somatic processing of trauma, Penny continues to increase her knowledge in these modalities by keeping up to date with trauma recovery research in psychology.

Trauma recovery is inclusive of all, and through her many years in the field, Penny acknowledges that the most powerful learning has come from the clients themselves. Keeping culture and diversity in the room to support healing holds high importance. Penny has an interest in supporting our First Nations people as well as members of the LGBTQIA+ community and holding a safe space for them to heal.

Penny can provide a Medicare rebate via a mental health plan referred by a GP or full fee private practice sessions. Please call for further information and enquiries.