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Catherine Penuela-Parker, LMFT
I believe a strong and trusting therapeutic relationship is the foundation of any successful treatment plan.

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Catherine Penuela-Parker, LMFT


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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-focused, Strengths-based

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I started my career working with at risk probation youth in residential placement. It was then I knew the future was in our children’s hands. I dove deeper into the world of community mental health with the goal of helping our youth and their families overcome life burdens that led to dysfunctional behaviors in the communities. I worked collaboratively with the Department of Mental Health, The Department of Child and Family Services, Los Angeles County Probation Department, and non-profit organizations for over 15 years. Throughout the years, I have trained extensively in childhood and adolescent social-emotional development and parent/child relational issues. I have also specialized in helping adolescent, adults, and families cope with generational trauma and its impact on their current functioning.

In more recent years, my practice has expanded due to high demand for treating trauma, depression and anxiety related issues. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is comprehensive approach that addresses the physiological storage of memory and how it informs our experiences. EMDR is a widely researched model that has been proven to resolve an individual’s most severe and deeply rooted disturbances.

My main objective is to build a strong rapport with all my clients. I believe a strong and trusting therapeutic relationship is the foundation of any successful treatment plan. I am committed to creating a safe and comfortable environment where you will feel confident in exploring and processing how to overcome life barriers and achieve ultimate fulfillment.

I look forward to meeting you!


MA - Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy, Philips Graduate Institute

License Number and State

CA 43844



Why did you become a mental health professional?

Everyone is going through something behind the smiles, masks, and walls. I feel people need a safe place to be vulnerable and explore feelings, emotions, tendencies. I got into this field with the hope of providing this outlet and helping others find their best selves- whatever that means to them.

What are your interests outside of work?

Family first, always. I like to meal prep and work out as it helps my overall well-being. I love to travel and do so often, even if it's just a weekend getaway.

What book have you read more than once?

Game of Thrones. They are so well written and intricate. It's my escape from reality and the many real pressures of the day.

Favorite organization/non-profit?

Alzheimer's Association. My father has advanced Alzheimer's and watching him slowly fade away has been extremely painful. I will do all I can help raise money to find a cure to this horrible disease.

How do you recharge?

Exercise, massages, a couple hours in the jacuzzi, pampering myself.