Brian  Penrod
Zencare Vetted

Brian Penrod

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
California Not Accepting Online
Eagle Rock Accepting In-person
Updated May 20, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Mindfulness
  • Anxiety
  • Artists' mental health

Professional statement

Brian Penrod is a licensed psychotherapist in Los Angeles who works with young adults, adults, and couples.  He enjoys helping with anxiety, perfectionism, procrastination, digital distractions, communication difficulties, feeling stuck, trauma, and habit change.

Brian uses an eclectic and holistic therapeutic approach that focuses on finding ways to live a meaningful life.  Although the past is very important, Brian often encourages clients to talk more about the present and future, as this can be more empowering and motivating.  His work is primarily informed by ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Gottman Method couples therapy, and ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy).  Brian has a strong background in a variety of mindfulness practices.

After finishing grad school, Brian worked in child protective services with abused and neglected children who also have significant medical needs. Next, he worked in a community mental health setting with children and families exposed to violence and other traumas.  In addition to providing therapy, Brian specialized in assessing the mental health needs of children in foster care.  Brian’s background in social work practice gives him an understanding of the systems that our society uses to distract, manipulate, and disempower us. Brian currently works in private practice.

Brian’s office is located on the border between Pasadena and Eagle Rock in the city of Los Angeles.  Brian is able to provide photos and descriptions of the office and local neighborhood for anyone who has trouble visiting new locations.  He is available for sessions by video and phone.  Brian’s office is a welcoming place for people of all backgrounds and beliefs, including gay and lesbian clients.

Message to clients

I’d like to help you figure out what is most important to you and to find the best ways to pursue those things wholeheartedly. I believe that you are the expert on your life and your experiences. My role is to collaborate with you on enhancing your natural strengths so you can solve your current problems and feel more confident taking on challenges long after we have completed therapy.

My clients tell me that I have a warm, accepting energy and that I make them feel heard and understood. I see myself as curious, compassionate, and enthusiastic. Writing about therapy feels weird and choosing a therapist from a written description is tough. Let’s chat for a few minutes on the phone to see if we will be a good fit. I look forward to talking to you.


Mindfulness - Developing practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Artists' mental health - Understanding of highly creative minds; goal setting related to the artistic and creative process; support finding meaningful balance in one’s life


  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Brian Penrod is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $170 (50min)
  • Initial session: $170 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed


Eagle Rock practice
850 Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90041
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 11am-3pm
  • Fri 11am-3pm
  • Sat 9am-3pm
  • Sun 9am-3pm

Online Sessions (California)
Not accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2016 - Present
Community Mental Health, 2011 - 2015
Child Protective Services, 2007 - 2011

CSULA, MSW, 2008
UC Berkeley, BA in Psychology, 2001


California: 64566



Client testimonials

"Very compassionate and makes you feel heard. Actually engages in the therapy."
- Zencare client • January 2023
"Brian was great to talk with; good listener and, understanding, reflective. When I'm ready I'll to pursue therapy again I'll seek him out."
- Zencare client • December 2022