Valeria Ana Penela, Psy.D is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of training and clinical experience. She graduated with honors from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Penela has a background working with adolescents, individuals, couples, families and groups in both outpatient and inpatient settings. In addition, she teaches graduate courses in psychology at different universities and supervises interns and doctoral students.
She has co-authored two books and published nationally and internationally on eating disorder treatment, psychoanalytic treatment of early trauma and eclectic models of psychotherapy. She is currently an advanced candidate at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS) and maintains a private practice in West Los Angeles working with individuals, families and couples.