3914 Murphy Canyon Rd., #A201, San Diego, CA 92123 619.456.0830 Info@AffirmingTherapyCenter.com

For Teens, Adults, Couples, and Families

For Teens, Adults, Couples, and Families

Penelope Mercer, AMFT
Penelope “Nel” Mercer

Registered Associate MFT (AMFT 109742)
Supervised by Jennifer Rehor, LMFT (MFT 94564)

I believe that all my life experiences – academic, personal, and professional – have led me to becoming a therapist and being in a position to offer my skills at the Affirming Therapy Center. As a lifelong student and educator, I value curiosity and open-mindedness, and I see emotional and intellectual growth as intertwined.

My own experiences of personal transition have shown me that life affords us many opportunities for growth and change – as individuals, and our in relationships with family members, partners, and friends. In my practice I focus on thinking and attachment patterns, and on the many personal, social, and cultural factors that contribute to resilience.

My early exposure to academic psychology has helped me hone my therapeutic “sensors,” though I would rather listen to my clients and let their stories emerge. I learn a great deal from my clients; my greatest reward is when a client becomes empowered.

Diverse encounters while living in other countries at different stages of my life have helped me to develop a cross-cultural perspective, and I’m open and curious about the influence of culture on identity, and on everyday life. These, and other life experiences, have taught me to be flexible, open-minded, and non-judgmental about gender, sexual, and relationship diversity. This is true regardless of the focus of our work together; I am committed to providing an affirmative counseling experience for all my clients at all times.

Whether I work with you as an individual, family, couple, or other relationship constellation, I believe that you are the expert on your life, and I will seek to establish a collaborative, non-hierarchical relationship with you. Ultimately, my goal is to create a meaningful, therapeutic context in which you feel safe, seen, and heard, so that you can build on your strengths, realize your hopes, and lean into those changes you wish to make in your life. I look forward to our work together.

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Affirming Therapy Center (ATC) is owned and operated by Jennifer Rehor, LMFT, CST (MFT 94564).
ATC is located in San Diego, California.