Kelli Penner (she/her)

LMFT 79102 (CA), LMFT 204109 (TX)

I provide therapy with the hope that you may better understand yourself, improve your relationships, and develop coping skills.

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Highland Park, CA

  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Contact
  • Individual
  • Couples
  • Family
  • Child
  • Adolescent/Teen

About My Clients

Therapy is a collaboration. I bring education and training in understanding relationship dynamics, the impacts of trauma, emotional disconnect, & self-regulation tools. You have expertise and knowledge of yourself and your experiences, even if it doesn't always feel that way. I will work with you to develop goals for therapy, including: changes you are hoping to make, coping skills you might benefit from, how to expand your resources, & personal strengths we can build upon.

My Background and Approach

My early academic training and much of my personal interest has been in utilizing Psychodynamic theory (exploring what the experiences in the therapy relationship can tell us about the rest of our lives), including Attachment Theory (looking at our earliest relationships and how they developed a model of the world for us). My training in working with children and adolescents has also included Cognitive-Behavioral Theory, which I also use with my adult clients when we find that the skills contribute to the process. I value continued learning, and focus many of my continuing education trainings in better understanding how to treat complex trauma, providing allied and inclusive therapy for LGBTQIA+ clients, and child and adolescent specific issues. I also encourage and utilize mindfulness skills in my practice, as a way to help regain control of your emotional and thought regulation.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe that therapy can benefit everyone, and also believe that not every therapist is a good match for every client. This work takes engaging with some very vulnerable thoughts and feelings, though through my own experiences in therapy, as well as my observations as a therapist, I have seen how the discomfort is worth the growth. Through my past and ongoing explorations of understanding which systems I was born and raised into, I am continuously learning how those systems have contributed to, or too often, limited my ability to create safety for others. I believe that safety (be that physical, emotional, financial, or otherwise) are inherent rights of all human beings, and am committed to growing so that this is true in both my personal life and my work as a therapist.

I offer online counseling in the following states:
I have experience with the following
  • Christianity

At A Glance

  • Experience: 12 years of practice
  • Rate: $185 - 225/session

Reach out to Kelli