Therapeutic Center for Anxiety and Trauma

Therapeutic Center for Anxiety and Trauma

Individual and Family Therapy

Now with 2 locations to serve you in San Diego county; Banker’s Hill and Escondido

Sometimes life throws us a curve-ball that we just didn't expect. Whatever the curve-ball is, either large or small, it is common to cause anxiety, even if it is something exciting. If your curve-ball is something that isn't so exciting, maybe you feel traumatized. This can happen for any situation that causes disruption to your daily routine, your thinking and ultimately your ability to function at your full potential. Whatever your anxiety or trauma is about, we can help! We are a team of therapists that work extensively with anxiety provoking issues. These could be about relationships, life events, or any negative experience that is holding you back. If you are struggling with moving past a traumatic incident, or finding it difficult to overcome anxiety of any sort, please contact us. We will have one of our experienced therapists contact you as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you!


Gretchen J. Penner, ASW
619-272-6858 x713

"Just as the earth operates within and around seasons, so our lives are filled with seasons, and some of those seasons bring storms. Some storms pass quickly and leave little to no damage. Then there are the storms that hit hard, last too long, and leave a wake of destruction. They can leave us feeling scared, hurt, sad, angry, and take away our joy; no longer doing the things we used to love. But there is hope. Through therapy, you can find a safe harbor and a place to heal. I am here to provide you with a safe non-judgmental place where you can overcome your anxiety, let go of your anger, find your inner strength, and learn to be kind to yourself so that you can find joy in life, even when life is not so enjoyable."

Gretchen is an Associate Clinical Social Worker with experience working with diverse populations. She is trained in trauma, mood disorders, and child and adolescent pathology. She has worked with couples, families, and groups utilizing evidence-based practices to equip youth, adults and families with increased healthy coping skills, social skills, and decreased symptoms of anxiety and depression. She takes a holistic approach to therapy understanding that our challenges are impacted by our surroundings, culture, health, and belief system. She will customize the therapeutic process to find what works best for you and your unique situation. Whether that is helping you discover your strengths, increase peace through mindfulness and meditation, or develop healthier thought processes to reduce fear and depression. She believes that everyone has the ability within them to overcome life challenges and discover their full potential. Sometimes we just need a little help.

Gretchen 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
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