Hi.  My name is Gretchen J. Penner.  Thank you for visiting.

For years I suffered from anxiety.  I was always a stressful person, but there came a time in my life when my stress turned into anxiety. I had experienced my share of personal trauma, and my anxiety was impeding on my life. It was stealing my joy.  Through professional therapy, I was able to address my past trauma, learn healthy coping skills, and find a new peace.  Soon my joy returned to me.

A little bit about me

Today I am a licensed psychotherapist with Sound Mind Center. After working in communications for over 20 years, I made a decision to go back to school, earn my master degree, and pursue a career as a professional therapist.  I wanted to help those who suffer like I had.  I focused my training on trauma informed therapy and anxiety. Since graduating with my Master of Social Work in 2015, I have continued my education and training to focus on the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma and eating disorders.

If you or a loved one is suffering, there is help. I provide a safe, non-judgmental place where you can talk about your greatest fears, process your deepest pain, learn healthy coping skills, discover your strengths, and reclaim your joy.