PK Ponti-Foss

PK Ponti-Foss

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

My belief is that mental and emotional health are frequently about balance. Whether I’m working with couples, adults, youth or kids – we find that something is “off,” and by working together to help restore balance, we move towards your goals.

Client Status

waitlist

Contact

(503) 804-5761

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $150

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2013

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual
  • Family
  • Relationship

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

I apply an eclectic approach with clients because I believe everyone's situation is different and therapy isn't one size fits all. I tend to be fairly research based, but find that intuition also plays a big role in my work with clients. With couples, I use the “Gottman Method,” recognized by many as the most effective therapy model for couples. I help couples manage conflict, deepen their friendship and intimacy, and create shared meaning in their lives. Drs. John and Julie Gottman helped us all recognize that one of the most important keys to long-standing contentment in a relationship (even when there’s significant conflict!) is learning how to repair the emotional harm partners have caused for one another. Couples therapy, believe it or not, can be an enjoyable and deeply healing process.

My education has focused heavily on multicultural populations and social justice. I also have substantial experience working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Finally, I am both LGBTQ and Polyamory friendly and aware of the dynamics of being part of those communities. Because finding the right therapist is such an important part of making sure you get what you need out of therapy, I offer a free 30 minute consultation to see if we are a good fit. I also reserve half my hours for clients needing sliding scale fees. If you are looking for sliding scale fees, please ask me about the current availability of that option before scheduling a session. Finally, I would like people considering working with me to know that I do animal assisted therapy. My dog Phoenix, attends sessions and can be a great comfort when things are difficult.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Couples Counseling External link

    I work with couples to manage their conflict, strengthen their friendship and appreciation, and to create intimacy through long term relationship shifts. With couples I utilize Gottman Method therapy, which is research based and tested. Couples therapy, believe it or not, can be an enjoyable and deeply healing process.

  • Gottman Method External link

    I utilize Gottman Method with couples in order to manage conflict, deepen their friendship and intimacy. One of the most important keys to long-standing contentment in a relationship (even when there’s significant conflict!) is learning how to repair the emotional harm partners have caused for one another. Couples therapy, believe it or not, can be an enjoyable and deeply healing process.

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) External link

    I work with clients to understand the relationship between their thoughts, feelings, and actions in order to make positive changes in their lives. This can be of especial help when clients feel that they are out of control and reacting rather than responding intentionally. It is also helpful for people who struggle with anxiety or depression.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Parenting External link

    I love working with parents on a variety of issues including but not limited to; co-parenting more efficiently, behavior change with your kids, and becoming the type of parent you want to be. I base a lot of my work with parents in Gottman Method Emotion Coaching, which is research based and tested.

  • LGBTQ Issues External link

    I am both personally and professionally involved with LGBTQ community and am very aware of the dynamics of being part of those communities. I find that, like so many oppressed groups, it is important to find support with someone who you don't have to teach the basics of your experience to along the way.

  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    I work from the Gottman Method of couples therapy, which is research based and tested and considered by many in the field, the most effective roadmap for helping relationships to become stable and happy.

  • PTSD External link

    Post Traumatic Stress is the brain's natural way of dealing with trauma when it has gotten stuck and hasn't been processed. I work from a variety of research based methods to assist clients in processing their trauma so that they can move through it and get to the other side.

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