Meet Kelli Penner—Therapist at Best Therapists

Kelli Penner, LMFT

California, LMFT #79102; Texas, LMFT #204019

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About Kelli | She/her

Kelli's early academic training and much of her personal interest has been in utilizing Psychodynamic Theory (exploring what the experiences in the therapeutic relationship can tell us about the rest of your life), including Attachment Theory (looking at your earliest relationships and how they developed a model of the world for you). Kelli's focused training in working with children and adolescents has also included Cognitive-Behavioral Theory, which she uses with her adult clients when they find that the skills contribute to the process. Kelli values continued learning, and focuses many of her 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. Kelli also has over 10 years of experience working with couples and families in building better connections, communication, and boundaries. She encourages and utilizes mindfulness skills in her practice, as a way to help regain control of your emotional and thought regulation.

Message to clients

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. 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.


Masters of Marital and Family Therapy | Fuller School of Psychology, 2010

Race and ethnicity


Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken


Spiritual knowledge

Christianity, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

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Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person


Anxiety, Couples counseling, Trauma

Additional areas of focus

Adolescents/teens, Children, Life transitions, LGBTQ+ sexuality, Anxiety, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Depression, Existential questioning, Family counseling, Gender identity, Highly sensitive people, Grief and/or loss, Intercultural/interfaith relationships, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Parenting, Polyamory/non-monogamy/open relationships, Premarital counseling, Self esteem/self worth, Spirituality, Stress, Transgender people

Therapeutic style

Direct, Humorous, Inquisitive, Empowering


Attachment based, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Family systems, Gottman method, Internal family systems (IFS), Mindfulness based, Play therapy, Psychodynamic, Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused

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Couples Session



Family Session

Sliding scale

Offers sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
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Peer review

Kelli is incredibly intelligent and is always aware of and learning about the newest research and tools to best care for her clients. She is well known as one of the best supervisors in our community because of her depth of knowledge and ease of attuning to her supervisees as well. She's kind and thoughtful and incredibly trustworthy in her guidance.

—Janie Glassmith, LMFT
Peer review

Kelli is a caring and compassionate therapist. She looks at each person individually with their unique qualities and work with them accordingly. She starts with the person where they are at and walk with them on the journey to where they want to be.

—Irene Choi-Rapp, MFT
Peer review

Not every therapist does their own inner work, but Kelli has and does. She is grounded, present, and genuine. Kelli is one of the most competent, research-informed therapists I know. She genuinely wants to understand and support her clients, and those are just some of the reasons I trust her work.

—Karen Gwaltney, LMFT
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