Profile image of Brian  Penrod

Brian Penrod

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Mindfulness-Anxiety-Artists' mental health-
AboutSpecialtiesLocationsInsurance & FeesTestimonials

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.

Work and Education

Child Protective Services
Community Mental Health
Private Practice

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


California: 64566




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)

Locations & Hours


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:$180 (50min)
  • Initial session:$180 (60min)
  • Couples sessions:$270 (90min)

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

Client testimonials

"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
"Very compassionate and makes you feel heard. Actually engages in the therapy."
- Zencare client January 2023

Book a Free Initial Consultation

The practice will call you for a free 10min phone call to discuss your needs and ensure a match!

This provider has no upcoming call times available.