Gretchen J. Penner, ASW

“Are you fearful about finding and/or losing love? Unable to fully grasp your emotions? Do you suffer from feelings of loneliness and/or emptiness? Do you feel incapable of being loved? Do you resist giving and receiving love, despite craving it? Through attachment therapy you can learn to build healthier relationships, overcome fear, heal pain from past trauma, and strengthen your inner-self and reintegrate a sense of overall well being.” 

We learn how to attach as adults from what we experienced during our childhood. When we as children experience a negative attachment, neglectful attachment, or complete disconnect from our primary care-giver (even if it was unintentional and no fault of the care-giver) we miss out on a fundamental key ingredient for overall well being. Unhealthy attachments not only negatively impact our ability to develop healthy adult relationships, it also reduces our ability to handle life challenges, both small and large, including trauma. As a professional pre-licensed therapist, Gretchen J. Penner specializes in adult attachment and is trained in the Adult Attachment Repair Model(AARM). AARM is a comprehensive therapeutic approach for the treatment of trauma comprised from a variety of evidence-based treatments. Through the use of AARM, Gretchen helps guide the repairing of negative emotions by the resetting of the autonomic nervous system based on the understanding of our internal information processing. As the adult attachment is repaired, the pain from negative and/or neglectful attachments diminish, and our inner strength is increased allowing us to experience the fullness of living.

Specializes In:

Trauma • Anxiety • Depression • Anger • Forgiveness • Panic Attacks • Self-Acceptance and Self-Compassion • Resiliency • Therapeutic Mindfulness • Adult Attachment

Education and Specialized Training:

  • B.A. in Sociology from Chapman University
  • Master of Social Work, with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University, Fullerton
  • Adult Attachment Repair Model (AARM)
  • Therapeutic Mindfulness
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)

License and Membership:

  • Associate Clinical Social Worker ASW #67771
  • California Society For Clinical Social Work
  • Supervised by Nicole Reich, LMFT, MFC #36524
  • Verified by Psychology Today
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