About Me

Hi! My name is Anthony Penn. I’m an LPC licensed in the state Virginia. I have a Master’s in Mental Health Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University. I have over 10 years of counseling experience and 20 years of experience working with individuals struggling to manage psychological and/or emotional difficulties, including those diagnosed with severe mental illness.

I’ve worked with a good variety of age groups and populations over the years in my work. I’ve worked in a variety of settings (i.e., private practice, acute inpatient psychiatric facilities, outpatient therapy programs such as partial hospitalization programs, group homes, forensic facilities, and community mental health programs). I’m pleased to say I’ve had the opportunity to assist individuals with a large range of issues and I have yet to meet a challenge that was unwelcome. One of my greatest honors has been to treat active duty, veterans, and retired service members who have served in combat and have faced significant challenges re-integrating into society once returning home.

My counseling approach can be heavy in cognitive behavioral approaches but I love to incorporate mindfulness, solution focused therapy, positive psychology, and existential therapies into my work. If any of this sounds relevant to you please do not hesitate to contact me.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) , Divorce and Separation , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Isolation/Loneliness , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Men's Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #0701005736 (Expires: 2023-06-30)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Anthony Penn. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written by T.. on Aug 04, 2022 after therapy with Anthony for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Great to work with!

Written by M.I. on Jul 26, 2022 after therapy with Anthony for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, anger management, and coping with life changes

I wouldn't be the man I am today without this glorious human being's guidance and wisdom! Somebody get this guy a medal, or something.

Written by N.A. on Jul 13, 2022 after therapy with Anthony for 1 year and 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

Anthony was fantastic in helping me through some very dark moments and gaining perspective. He was very empathetic to my struggles and was always available when I needed him. I highly recommend him.

Written by E.L. on Jun 25, 2022 after therapy with Anthony for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

He is very kind, knows how to best approach topics, and offers great perspective on a plethora of issues.

Written by F.A. on Jun 07, 2022 after therapy with Anthony for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching

Rally enjoyed his help. Anthony is very down to earth and relatable.

Written by P.A. on May 15, 2022 after therapy with Anthony for 1 year and 1 month

I worked with Anthony Penn for a few months last year, and I gained a lot of ground toward better mental and emotional health in that time. We brought our sessions to a close when I reached a good place.

Recently, I noticed an uptick in stress that I couldn't manage alone. I reached out again, and he's been as insightful and helpful as ever.

Written by J.E. on Mar 16, 2022 after therapy with Anthony for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Anthony does well to remind me of my values & keep therapy going in the right direction so I don't lose focus. He makes me feel very aware of my myself, comfortable with myself, which allows me to love myself more.

Written by S.H. on Mar 07, 2022 after therapy with Anthony for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, eating disorders, and self esteem

He definitely understands me and my conditions, situations and approaches it from different angels and talks to me about each situation and better solutions and a lot of information to work on and to know exactly what and how to do it.

Written by B.E. on Jan 26, 2022 after therapy with Anthony for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and intimacy-related issues

Simply put, the man is good. His therapist Kung Fu is good. The way he interacts is good. And the overall manner by which he conducts his sessions is not just good, but effective. What more can you ask for in a therapist.

Written by H.A. on Jan 25, 2022 after therapy with Anthony for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Anthony is very attentive during our sessions and is an amazing listener. He will offer some really useful suggestions on ways to think logically instead of emotionally. Anthony also does a very good job of addressing my concerns and logically addressing them without minimizing their importance.

Written by B.R. on Jan 25, 2022 after therapy with Anthony for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and career difficulties

Anthony is a great counselor. He listens very well, he is very encouraging, and he always gives me information to look over for homework. When I think of what I would want a great counselor to be, I think of Anthony. Highly recommend sessions with Anthony!

Written by F.E. on Oct 22, 2021 after therapy with Anthony for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Anthony listens to me and always supports me and my decisions. He has helped me become more aware of my thinking and how to challenge negative thinking. I always look forward to talking with Anthony as he has helped me so much in my mental health journey.

Written by A.N. on Sep 12, 2021 after therapy with Anthony for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and anger management

Only a few sessions/couple weeks in, but Anthony has already shaped my way of thinking in a positive manner. He comprehends everything with ease, and so far, as made it easy for me to feel comfortable enough to open up to him. Looking forward to more sessions.

Written by D.U. on Aug 05, 2021 after therapy with Anthony for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Just started with Anthony and He is EXACTLY what I needed, I look forward to our sessions and he always leaves me with something to really think about over the week.

Written by M.I. on Jul 26, 2021 after therapy with Anthony for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching

Anthony is deeply compassionate and focused on the process of healing. He provides a number of tools to facilitate my understanding of thoughts and behaviors, as well as new approaches to processing thoughts and behaviors.

Written by J.A. on Jul 20, 2021 after therapy with Anthony for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, sleeping disorders, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue

I feel as if I've known Anthony for years. He is very chill and has a wonderful demeanor. He is prompt and gives a lot of great feedback. I look forward to our video conferences.

Written by K.A. on Jun 16, 2021 after therapy with Anthony for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, self esteem, coaching, and adhd

Anthony is wonderful and is the only therapist who has ever helped me feel fulfilled or valid or okay.

Written by N.A. on Jun 15, 2021 after therapy with Anthony for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, coaching, and adhd

Anthony is my assigned counselor and so far so good. A great listener, I would recommend Anthony.

Written by G.R. on Feb 18, 2021 after therapy with Anthony for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and grief

Better than everyone else so far, in my experience.

Written by S.H. on Jan 23, 2021 after therapy with Anthony for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and anger management

He does a great job listening and giving me counsel.

Written by A.A. on Jan 22, 2021 after therapy with Anthony for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, and intimacy-related issues

He is a lot of help. Understanding and compassionate, but helps me recognize that my own faults played a part in this incident as well, and that my shortcomings were always there, just women in the past didn't take advantage of it. He is helping me rebuild myself and let go of regrets, things I cannot change about the past, and it is not worth rethinking issues I cannot change and wishing I had done something different.

Written by B.O. on Jan 12, 2021 after therapy with Anthony for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues

I've had two video sessions with Anthony, and some back and forth messaging. He has been very helpful in a short amount of time, and has great qualities. I would not only recommend him to a friend, but I most likely will continue with him as my counselor. He's very pleasant, attentive, intelligent, and knowledgeable.

Written by C.H. on Dec 19, 2020 after therapy with Anthony for 3 months on issues concerning career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

He has helped me out a lot

Written by J.E. on Dec 12, 2020 after therapy with Anthony for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Anthony is responsive, knowledgeable and kind

Written by P.A. on Dec 08, 2020 after therapy with Anthony for 3 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Great guy. Patient and understanding with a level temperament . Able to get to the bottom of issues in a humane and calm manner

Written by A.M. on Nov 11, 2020 after therapy with Anthony for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Anthony is an amazing counselor. He combines the right amount of listening with advice/therapy and is always responsive and willing to talk. He really allows you space to talk about what you need to and challenges your thought processes to help you realize change is possible. I would highly recommend him.

Written by D.O. on Oct 06, 2020 after therapy with Anthony for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Better help is exceptional

Written by S.A. on Sep 18, 2020 after therapy with Anthony for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

I wasn’t expecting much from this website when my friend suggested it to me. Then I tried it and met Anthony (who was my first ever therapist) and he helped me think better about my situation in life. I was able to feel confident and not slow down in life. Thank you Anthony and BetterHelp.

Written by B.R. on Sep 16, 2020 after therapy with Anthony for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and sleeping disorders

Anthony is amazing, he listens and makes you feel ok about being imperfect, about making mistakes, and reminds you that you're human. He convinces you that you have a right to be happy regardless of what you've endured. He's an all around kind and warm person, and respects your time and space. I felt so much less anxiety pretty much immediately after he became my therapist - thank you Anthony!

Written by L.L. on Sep 03, 2020 after therapy with Anthony for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

It has been a brief time of working with him but I have enjoyed it. He is very easy to talk to and communicate with. I look forward to growing with him!

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