David Penner, Ph.D.
Certified since 2000

David Penner, Ph.D.

21907 64th Ave. W., Suite 220 Mountlake Terrace, WA  98043 United States
(425) 640-9777(425) 640-9777



Not taking new clients at this time

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  • Degree: Ph.D.
  • Field: Clinical Psychology
  • Year graduated: 1982
  • Practice since: 1982
  • License states: Washington

I am passionate about helping couples improve their relationship. To provide the best possible treatment, therapy begins with a thorough assessment including an interview with you and your partner together, individual sessions with each of you and the use of extensive written questionnaires. After this, I’ll provide feedback on your strengths and problem areas and present a treatment plan specific to your needs.

Openness, clarity and collaboration characterize my style as we work together to accomplish your goals. I will often “think out loud” with you in order to confirm my understanding of your views and needs and to work together to build your relationship stronger.

I am the Clinical Director of The Gottman Institute. In this role, I oversee clinical aspects of the Institute including providing consultation to clinicians, oversee quality control of new programs and products, train and supervise roving therapists at couples’ workshops, and respond to questions about the Gottman Method to clinicians, the public and the media. I authored the Leader’s Guide to The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, based on John Gottman’s bestselling book. I co-developed the Gottman Seven Principles Program for Couples and have conducted workshops in the Gottman Method on four continents.

I have been a licensed clinical psychologist since 1984 and am listed in the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. My training and experience includes mental health centers, hospital and medical clinics, university counseling centers and private practice.

Professionally trained in both psychology and theology, I have an interest in integrating spirituality into clinical practice with clients who desire to do so although the beliefs of all clients are treated with respect and sensitivity and many clients hold other world views.

  • Couples
  • Affairs
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Infertility
  • Obsessions Compulsions
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Pre Marital
  • PTSD
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Social Anxiety
Specialized Ages
  • Adults
  • Elders