Cynthia Penwell, LCSW

Cynthia Penwell, LCSW

Clinical Social Work  ·  
Female  ·  
Age 54
Cynthia Penwell, LCSW is a clinical social worker in Austin, TX. She specializes in clinical social work, child & adolescent psychiatry, and more.Read her story

8700 Manchaca Rd Ste 605

Austin, TX 78748

Contact Information

(512) 922-5865

Insurance Accepted

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
  • Cigna

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This content was provided by Cynthia Penwell "As your teacher, ally, and your coach, I view therapy as a way to release, energize, and give direction as motivation for change. Together we can find opportunities for developing new coping strategies (tactics for dealing with life!).My approach emphasizes the important connections between physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being, collaborative development of individual treatment goals – as well as the value of a good sense of humor. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), with a Master's degree in Social Work from University of Texas, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from University of South Florida. I am also a Certified Autism Specialist, with over 25 yrs experience working with kids and adults on the spectrum. I wasn't born in Austin, but I've lived here for over 20 years and I understand the community, schools, and systems quite well. As the parent of three adopted children, I bring a lifetime of advocacy and passion for the issues facing families who are impacted by emotional and behavioral concerns. I am also an adjunct professor at the School of Social Work at University of Texas, and I love the opportunity this allows to influence and create change in the young adults at the university. I also teach protective parenting and anger management groups at a domestic violence center, facilitate groups for adults and adolescents throughout the Austin area, and provides continuing education and presentations to other professionals and the community about trauma, attachment, child development, and tolerance. I love what I do, have a great passion for social and emotional struggles, and also volunteer for organizations such as the Children's Community Resource Coordination Group, Feed My People, and sit on the Board of Directors for PLAN of Central Texas. Personally…I also enjoy running with my dog, relaxing fun with family and friends, outdoor activities, and the allure of a good book. I believe in the power of humor, the beauty of fun, and the joy of relationships. It is my goal to be your teacher, ally, and coach in your journey to a more fulfilling and less stressful life experience. I'm here to work on your behalf; to provide acceptance, respect, and understanding. With you, I want to help you build your own capacities and strengths in moving towards change. All people have potential for growth and adaptation throughout life. With encouragement, kindness, guidance and humor – I can help you and your family move Life Forward."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Cynthia Penwell "Letting Go Of Problems

In counseling or coaching individuals often report feeling stuck in old behaviors or overwhelmed by old emotions. The beauty of new research on the brain reveals that repeating old negative stories initiates emotions that get reinforced in the brain. We now know that through recognizing false negative beliefs and refocusing thoughts, the brain can be retrained. So the good news is that when clients recognize they are stuck in their negative thoughts, they begin the journey to heart and spirit. This is their road to freedom and positive change.

I primarily offer Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for adults, while integrating elements of psycho-dynamic theory, attachment theory, and various other orientations. Because everyone's needs differ, we will work together to find an appropriate therapeutic intervention based on a your presenting symptoms, current difficulties, and ongoing feedback."


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13  Specialties

  • Clinical Social Work
  • ADHD Parent Coaching
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Cognitive & Behavioral Psychology
  • Couples Counseling
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Individual Counseling
  • Life Coaching
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychological Trauma
  • Relationship Counseling

0  Board Certifications

Cynthia Penwell does not have any board certifications listed.

15  Conditions Treated

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Texas.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Texas / Austin Campus
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Cas
    Other Education | Completed

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Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Cynthia Penwell's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Cynthia Penwell to family and friends
8 total reviews (8 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (8)

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Cynthia Penwell's Performance

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  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (8)

Cynthia has been our family therapist for as long as I can remember. Not only does she provide sound advice but she strongly empathizes & inserts her own experience into the conversation. Cynthia has helped me tremendously throughout the years and always makes time for a quick phone session should...more
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Cynthia saved my life. She is warm, kind, funny, but most importantly she is a skilled therapist. I've been in and out of therapy since I was a teenager, and I think I've had more progress with Cynthia in a few months than I did in years with prior therapists. She's so matter of fact, it's...more
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Reading the review in which Cynthia was given one star, I am amazed that this was your experience. First, almost every therapist has a 24 hour cancellation policy that a client has agreed to prior to beginning services, and if I had to cancel an appointment with less then 24 hours notice I would...more
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Completely inflexible about bending her 'rules' at all and insisted on charging me $90 for our third session since I cancelled giving 22.5 hrs notice instead of 24 hrs notice. This was the first time I'd ever cancelled. My partner, who has attachment issues, begged her to reconsider since we were...more
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Cynthia Penwell has helped my daughter make amazing progress with her anxiety in a short amount of time. She creates a safe environment, uses humor to relieve stress, celebrates success, and explains the mind and body in a way my adolescent understands. My daughter was initially closed to therapy,...more
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