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John Penn Turner, LPC, LPCC

Stress, Anxiety LGBTQ+ Relationships Trauma, Abuse Grief
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About me

I provide psychotherapy for adults working from a client-centered perspective that is integrative, collaborative, and recovery-based (i.e., incorporates client's strengths as opposed to solely focusing on negatives or pathology). This provides a safe space for clients to feel heard, understood, and respected. I am a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and have extensive training and experience in working with clients with a trauma informed approach. I incorporate a recovery approach grounded in the 12-Steps for both addition recovery and ACOA/Al-Anon. I am also an expert in working with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and same sex attracted clients, and the unique psychological issues present in the community.
 I have been in practice since 1996 and I have worked with individuals in ages ranging from 18 to 85 years old. I support clients in building positive communication, fostering meaningful relationships, practicing appropriate social skills, utilizing healthy coping strategies, and to establish and maintain healthy boundaries within a culturally sensitive approach in order to generate lasting interpersonal change. 
I treat everyone with respect and warmth. I work to ensure that our sessions will be tailored to your needs and goals. I’m available for online therapy sessions with individuals anywhere in the states of Virginia and New Mexico. I graduated from Medical College of Virginia in 1994. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, L.P.C. #701002755 Licensed as a Substance Abuse Treatment Provider (L.S.A.T.P.) #718000055. in the State of Virginia. Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor L.P.C.C. #0169391, Licensed Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor L.A.D.A.C. #0169401 in New Mexico.

Professional experience

28yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety LGBTQ+ Relationships Trauma, Abuse Grief

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Aging and Geriatric Issues, First Responder Issues, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Sexual Assault and Abuse

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Services offered


License information

VA LPC 0701002755



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John Penn Turner is the acme of therapists. I am so fortunate to have him and to see him and to converse therapeutically every week. My mental health has more greatly benefited than I can say, from his work with me. I wish everyone could have him as their therapist, and I know that he would do superlative therapy.

Written on May 15, 2024 after therapy with John Penn for 1 year and 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

I’ve been working with John for a month now, and it’s been immensely helpful. His approach to my history and his plan eases a lot of my worries about the changes I want to make. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone who has a lot of grief to sort out.

Written on Jul 01, 2022 after therapy with John Penn for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd