About Dr. Judi

Judith Needham

San Jose Therapist JUDITH NEEDHAM-PENROSE, PH.D, LMFT has been a licensed marriage & family therapist for over 25 years.



Marriage & Family Therapist (Private Practice)

Adjunct Professor, Marriage & Family Program (Western Seminary/SJ)



Ph.D.  Psychology (concentration: Organizational Systems Inquiry) from Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center

M.A.    Marriage, Family & Child Counseling, Phillips Graduate Institute

B.A.    Business Management & Psychology, University of Redlands

Diploma in Biofeedback Training, Los Angeles Biofeedback Institute



Director, Marriage & Family Graduate Program (Western Seminary/SJ) 2003 – 2014

Associate Professor, Western Seminary, Santa Clara, CA: 1998 – 2014

Spiritual Formation; Personal Ministry Evaluation; Integration; Psych Theory; Legal and Ethical Issues; Group Therapy

Private Practitioner, Individual, marital, family and group therapy — ‚Specializations: couples therapy; group therapy; women’s issues; abandonment and loss issues (grief work)

Group Therapist, Department of Graduate Psychology,Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA:

Group Therapist for Clinical Psychology Master’s degree students; three therapy groups per academic year; each meeting weekly for 68 hours

Adjunct Instructor, MFT. Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena,CA:

Clinical Foundations instructor: 2-4 sections for two quarters each academic year in Fuller’s nationally accredited (COAMFTE) Master’s degree program

Adjunct Instructor, Department of Marital & Family Therapy, AzusaPacificUniversity:

Instructor: Introduction to Clinical Practice; Contemporary Theories of Psychotherapy

Adjunct Instructor, Phillips Graduate Institute, Encino, CA:

Instructor: Moral & Spiritual Development in Clinical Practice

Site Administrator, Department of Marital & Family Therapy, Azusa Pacific University, Encino Center

MFCC Internship, Center for Ethics & Integrative Therapy, Encino, CA



Workshop Leader & Lecturer, Periodic lecturer to church and civic groups on topics such as women’s issues; spirituality; family and marriage; grief

Staff Retreat facilitator, counseling centers

Teaching & Training, Counseling techniques (one week seminar)

Bangkok College & Seminary, Bangkok, Thailand

Teaching & Training, Counseling techniques (one week seminar), Methodist Clergy of Singapore

Instructor, Couples Retreat, Azusa Pacific University – Staff Retreat

Lecturer & Clinical Trainer in Counseling, Psychology faculties, University of Kazakhstan and Kazgo University, Almatay, Kazakhstan

Supervision, Family Therapy Supervision of Psychiatrists and Psychologist, Moscow, Russia



“Moral Aspects of Identity Construction in the Evangelical Christian Subculture”

This dissertation has been adapted for publication in the internationally disseminated The Humanistic Psychologist and was published in November, 2012.

Title: Moral Identity Versus Moral Reasoning in Religious Conservatives: Do Christian Evangelical Leaders Really Lack Moral Maturity?
Author: Judith Needham-Penrose, Harris L. Friedman
Publication: The Humanistic Psychologist
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: Nov 27, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Routledge

It is available to read here



American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT) – Clinical Member

Licensed California Marriage & Family Therapist (MFC 21711)