Sean Penny


Sean Penny


Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision. Supervisor: Lisa Smith, LPC
Primary Credential: LPC - PRC14471
Secondary Credential: LGPC - LGPC00447
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $180 per 50-minute session; sliding scale fees available based on need.

I do not participate in any insurance panels (I am not "in-network"), however my services are insurance reimbursable through out-of-network benefits. Out-of-network means that you pay me directly for my fee per session and then submit a claim to your insurance for reimbursement. Many of my clients do use their insurance to help pay for treatment and I can work with you to do that.
I can help you to obtain out-of-network coverage amounts from your insurance provider prior to your first session. I am committed to helping you secure affordable treatment.
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


Washington, District of Columbia 20009

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My Approach to Helping

People often ask what to expect when they come to therapy. What I can tell you is what you can expect from me as your therapist. Every therapy is tailored to the unique needs of the person with whom I am working. I do my best not to place restrictions on or boundaries around what might emerge for your therapy. As we build a working relationship together, I will listen to you, your feelings, and your experiences with respect, curiosity and care. I will do my very best to meet you where you are today. If you are unhappy with where that is, we will work together to understand what brought you here and how you might move forward.

My practice is grounded in a relational psychodynamic perspective, which places the relationship between therapist and client as the primary vehicle for change. I have experience working with a diverse clientele, many of whom struggle with trauma related to their race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or history of substance use.

More Info About My Practice

I am a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) and practice under the direct supervision of Lisa Smith, LPC. I provide psychotherapy to adults in private practice and in nonprofit community-based mental health organizations. I hold an MA in Counseling from the University of the District of Columbia, and a BA from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Breakup
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emptiness
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Physical Abuse
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Racism
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Object Relations
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
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