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Ms Penelope Lovegrove

Ms Penelope Lovegrove

Counsellor, Social Worker

Mind My Mind

Penelope is an experienced counselor who has worked with individuals of varying ages across a range of concerns. She is passionate about the practice of psychotherapy as a powerful tool for emotional healing and personal growth. Developing strong relationships with her clients, Penelope provides a space of safety, respect, sensitivity and compassion. Having trained in several different theoretical approaches she tailors her intervention plans to meet your unique needs.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • Penelope provides online counselling to adults aged 20+ via secure video consultation. Times are varied from during the day to late at night. Early morning consultations are available upon request to cater for shiftworkers who may find it difficult to access help during usual business hours. Penelope provides online counselling and therapeutic interventions within her experience and training as a social worker and counselor. She does not provide psychological assessment or diagnosis in her private practice at this time.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Borderline Personality, Burnout, Career Counselling, Depression, Emotional Overwhelm, Family / Parenting, Men's Issues, Phobias, Relationship Issues, Self Development  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, CBT, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Motivational Interviewing, Schema Therapy, Solution Oriented

    Penelope has trained in several different approaches and tailors her intervention plans according to each individual client. Her general approach is collaborative, involving her clients in developing the approach taken with them so that her clients feel empowered and in control of their own mental health care. Penelope firmly believes that each client holds the solution to their own problem and that with guidance, compassion and support she can work with them to develop a plan which feels right and works for them. Discovering ourselves and understanding the world around us is like a puzzle, talking to someone can help you find and place all the pieces.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Bachelor of Social Work - 1999 - Charles Sturt University
    • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology/Sociology) - 1999 - Charles Sturt University
    • Graduate Diploma Psychology - 2016 - Monash University
    • Graduate Diploma Psychology Advanced - 2018 - Monash University

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Association of Social Workers
    • Australian Psychological Society

    Quality Provision

    Penelope is a member of Australian Association of Social Workers, the Australian Psychological Society and registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority.

    Background

    Penelope is an AASW registered social worker, a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and an AHPRA registered provisional psychologist in her final year of a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Penelope has undertaken additional training in CBT, ACT, Internal Family Systems, Solution Focused and Compassion-Focused Therapy. In addition she has over 20 years of experience and training in mindfulness and meditation based practices.

    Note: Penelope is a Provisional Psychologist however she provides online counselling and therapeutic interventions within her experience and training as a social worker and counselor. She does not provide psychological assessment or diagnosis in her private practice at this time.

    Appointments

    Various appointments available Monday - Thursday from 9am - 8pm. Early morning is available on request for shiftworkers.

    Transport and Parking

    Consultations are conducted via video conferencing.

    Fees

    1 hour online session - $180

    Payment Options

    PayPal or Credit Card



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    10 Questions with Penelope Lovegrove

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • I wanted to be a psychologist since high-school always having a strong desire to help those under emotional and mental distress. I completed the undergraduate training in psychology however the Government at the time removed student loans which meant I could not afford to do post-graduate training at that time. I became a social worker and begun my career as a counselor however I always wanted the further training in treating more significant mental health issues. With the increase in anxiety and depression I have not regretted this decision! I enjoy the emphasis on evidence based practice which psychology provides. I want to know that the interventions I plan and deliver with my clients have the best chance of creating sustained change. I don't want to waste anyone's time or money!
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • I was a practicing Buddhist for more than 20 years so this has very much influenced my personal development. Having said this I do not believe that this philosophy is the only philosophy nor the correct approach for all. My own family have different philosophies in life, it is about acceptance of diversity.

      Professionally I think the Buddhist emphasis on compassion has influenced my practice the most. It has given me the ability to see everyone as if they were a valuable treasure. No matter what the situation I try to listen with compassion and try to really see the world through the eyes of my clients. From there I can guide them to perhaps take a different perspective and gain clarity that way.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I'm interested in the entire human journey! I love that we all have such vast experiences and differing insights. People are just magical and utterly brilliant! I particularly love it when you see that lightbulb switch on and the client suddenly sees their answer. I also love it when clients finally muster up the courage to say what has really been troubling them and the relief on their faces when they realise I don't judge them for it. Anything goes in therapy! All thoughts and emotions, no matter how crazy you think they are, are welcome. They're probably not so crazy to me :)
      Finally, I love it when client's pull me up on things - I love that they are empowered and in control and comfortable enough with me to do so. My sessions are truly collaborative which means it goes both ways.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • I tailor my approach to the individual so my methods will vary from client to client. At this point in my private practice I only practice within my experience and training as a social worker and counselor. I do not offer psychological testing or diagnosis at this point but only in my role as a provisional psychologist practiced elsewhere.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • Progress depends on what the client wants to achieve. I think the six-session model is okay for teaching the basics of behavioural change. The first two sessions are really just getting to know one another and build a therapeutic alliance. However, for more deep-rooted change or for processing of trauma (for example) it may take a while before you feel like you are making progress. I also think that people can use different therapists to get them through different parts of their journey, each therapist building upon the progress of the last. I have also seen great gains being made from just a single session and I must recognise that this isn't just my doing but the culmination of lots of different learnings that client has obtained that happened to come together with me in that moment. It's different for everyone. We are all works in progress, constantly changing and growing. I do know however, that progress is going to be difficult if the rapport isn't there so if you're not clicking with your therapist - move on and find a different one!
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • I think everyone should be in therapy! It's wonderful to be able to talk with someone without fear of judgement. Someone who is going to really listen. Someone who you can say anything to, nut things out or rehearse things before doing it in real life. I've been to personal therapy and couple therapy and both have been very helpful. I shopped around though and found the right person for me. It took time but it was worth it. I also have regular professional supervision which ensures that I am at my best professionally.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Being able to see the world through other people's experiences. Being able to provide a safe emotional space for people. Watching people heal and grow. Witnessing that moment when client's see that they are strong enough to handle things on their own.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Of course, everyone does, but it doesn't usually bother me. The beauty of being a therapist is that I can forget about all of that when I am with a client and just be in the moment with them.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Not accepting diversity.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • Movie: - Intouchables, Orlando, Baraka... many more
      TV Show: - After Life
      Book: - Veronika Decides to Die, Miracle of Mindfulness, Lam Rim, Anything by Irvin Yalom, The Happiness Hypothesis.
      Art: - too many to name and so many unnamed. Anything done by a child :)
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    Ms Penelope Lovegrove

    Penelope Lovegrove

    Counsellor, Social Worker

    I provide professional counselling in the comfort of your own home via online video consultations. I pride myself on creating a safe, compassionate space where healing, change and growth can take place. I take a very collaborative approach with my clients trusting that together we can develop the strategies and tools that work best for you, ensuring that you feel safe and supported the whole way through. I am genuinely excited to meet each new client and enjoy working together towards change,...

    • Melbourne
    • ACT, CBT, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Motivational Interviewing, Schema Therapy, Solution Oriented