Albemarle Counseling Associates, PLLC is a small private counseling practice in Charlottesville, VA. We are located in the Belvedere Neighborhood off of Rio Road East.

Owner John Penn Turner, LPC, LSATP, began his work in Richmond, VA with the St. Mary’s Hospital inpatient substance addiction unit in 1992, while in the Master’s in Counseling Program at the Medical College of Virginia. In 1993, John Penn moved to the Charlottesville, VA area and began working in the Waynesboro Community Hospital on the Recovery Choice unit. This unit provided inpatient, outpatient and continuing care services to newly recovering alcoholics and addicts. During his tenure there, he received his M.S. in Counseling from MCV. In 1996, the Waynesboro Community Hospital and the Staunton Hospital (King’s Daughters) merged to one facility, Augusta Medical Center in Fishersville, VA. John Penn moved into this new facility and worked until he transferred to Region Ten Community Services Board, in Charlottesville, in 1999. While with Region Ten, John Penn worked as a provider for outpatient services facilitating groups for adults in early recovery. He also provided individual and couples counseling for mental health. In addition, John Penn worked as a Program Manager, supervising direct services staff, both administratively and clinically. He was also a part of the restructuring of the administration and client services, which was begun to streamline and ease access to services.

John Penn was licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health Professionals as a Professional Counselor in September of 1998 and as a Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner in September of 2000. Now as a sole practitioner, John Penn has opened a practice designed to offer services of all kinds to individuals, couples and groups with a variety of needs. John Penn offers a variety of treatment techniques to address issues of grief, loss, terminal illness, anxiety, depression, sexual orientation, addictions, and others. He specializes in 2 treatment techniques in which he has been certified and trained, including The Braddock Body Process and EMDR. These techniques are specially designed to treat trauma and abuse survivors. They are gentle ways to process issues of trauma, and are less likely to cause these clients to re-experience their trauma. He is also certified as an ADS (Acu-Detox Specialist). This technique is a non-verbal acupuncture protocol that assists the body in early detox from drugs and alcohol.

John Penn is a NETWORK PROVIDER for Aetna Chickering, Anthem, Anthem EAP, CIGNA, Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services, Magellan, Magellan EAP, MAMSI/Optimum Choice/Alliance PPO, Sentara/Southern Health, Sentara EAP, Virginia Premier, Medicaid, Tri-Care, United Healthcare, University of Virginia's FEAP, Value Options and Value Options EAP. We can accept other insurances as an out of network provider and we accept self-pay.

John Penn is a member of the following organizations:

* VAADAC (Virginia Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
* NAADAC (National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors)
* American Counseling Association
* Association for Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual issues in Counseling
* International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors
* Virginia Board of Counseling (appointed by former Governor Mark Warner, reappointed by Governor Tim Kaine)
* NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association)
* EMDRIA (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association)

John Penn holds his B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, and his M.S. in Counseling from the Medical College of Virginia. He is committed to providing the most comprehensive treatment and referral services necessary to meet each client’s needs.

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