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Andrew Penington Psychologist at Kensington Psychology

Andrew Penington, Psychologist

Andrew is an excellent listener with a calm, kind manner that instils trust. His own challenges and substantial life experience have brought a depth of character and deep compassion, which has taught him that personal strength can be unlocked when one works through one’s struggles. Andrew’s focus is therefore on overcoming old patterns of thinking that may be holding you back and discovering your strengths and resilience. He utilises humour with kindness, and he is a highly relatable therapist that most people will find easy to connect with.

Authentic and Solution Driven

Andrew is a psychologist who enjoys working holistically to help clients overcome challenges and grow into the best version of themselves. He is a firm believer that with professional and thoughtful assistance, a person can unlock the solutions laying dormant within to develop a life of meaning.

Andrew is kind, compassionate and insightful and provides a safe space for healing and growth. Andrew supports adults with depression, anxiety, trauma, disabilities, and gender challenges.

Andrew approaches his clients with great empathy and authenticity, warmth and respect. He prefers a holistic and humanistic approach with his clients, and his non-judgemental attitude means that he is a natural therapist for those who struggle with substance dependencies, who may be culturally, linguistically and gender diverse, and people with psycho-social disabilities.

EMDR by Andrew – an effective treatment for trauma, PTSD and anxiety

EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is believed to work by helping the brain reprocess traumatic memories, making them less distressing and more adaptive. This therapy has been shown to be especially effective in reducing the symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other trauma-related disorders. EMDR has been the subject of numerous clinical trials and reviews, and its efficacy has been supported by a growing body of evidence. Although EMDR was originally developed for the treatment of trauma, and is still mostly used for this purpose, the treatment in the hands of a trained professional has also shown promise in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression.


It is important to note that while research supports the effectiveness of EMDR, individual responses to therapy can vary. Some individuals may respond better than others, and it may not be suitable for everyone. Furthermore, EMDR does not replace traditional psychotherapy, but happens in the broader context of psychological therapy. It is also not a technique that is typically utilised during the first few sessions. In the hands of a skilled therapist however, this therapy has been shown to be effective and lead to lasting positive changes for trauma sufferers.

Therapies Utilised

Andrew follows a client-centred and evidence-based approach to therapy utilising a range of modalities including:

EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and ReprocessingCognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Based Approaches, Family Systems, and Internal Family Systems Therapy, Emotions Focused Therapy, Imago Therapy.

Areas of Practice

Qualifications & Professional Associations

  • Masters of Professional Psychology

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

  • Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society

  • Registered  Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

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