Gretchen J. Penner, ASW


Hi. I’m Gretchen J. Penner, ASW, and I am a professional pre-licensed therapist at the Therapeutic Center for Anxiety and Trauma in San Diego, CA.  I find joy helping others reclaim their joy. Living with anxiety and depression is not living. It’s barely surviving. I provide a safe place where people can let go of fear and the fear of being fearful.

I specialize and am trained in the treatment of trauma, anxiety and depression. Through evidence-based practices I help those who are suffering increase healthy coping skills and decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression. I take a holistic approach to therapy, knowing that our challenges are impacted by our surroundings, culture, health, and belief system. I customize the therapeutic experiences to find what works best for each client and their unique situation. I believe that everyone has the ability within themselves to overcome life’s challenges and discover their full potential. Sometimes we just need a little help.

Specializes In:

Trauma • Anxiety • Depression • Anger • Forgiveness • Panic Attacks • Intrusive Scary Thoughts • Self-Acceptance and Self-Compassion • Resiliency • Mindfulness • Relaxation Visualization • Motivation • Healthy Thought Process • Adolescents • Adults

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
  • Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents
  • 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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