Penny graduated from Saint Martin's University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2011. Since then she is currently attending Capella University obtaining a Master degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). Penny has been volunteering with Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in their Bridges Program for almost two years. At Bridges she co-facilitates grief groups for children who have had a death in the family. The children are taught how to process their grief in a healthy manner. It is with Bridges that Penny found her love of working with children. She has also volunteered at Camp Erin in Gig Harbor, WA with grieving children.
Penny has learned that she will be a person-centered type of MFT therapist. She states, "We are the experts that bring out our client's expertise regarding their own lives." Through the recommendation of a friend, Penny found Horses Guiding Humans where she is learning the EAGALA model in order to empower clients. Penny has vast training in multiculturalism including the military culture. Penny also states, "The therapy dynamics with client and horses in the arena is quite powerful. There is no other form of therapy around like this. The horses are gentle and reflective. Many clients find it easier to connect with an animal than a person during the therapeutic process. I am honored and humbled to be able to help facilitate this processes."