About Me

Portrait of PK Foss SamacHello, I’m PK Ponti-Foss. My belief is that mental and emotional health are about balance and when any one part of a person’s life is out of balance, the others suffer. We all feel stuck at some point in our lives and need some help and support to move forward. In my work I strive to connect with the people in front of me, and truly understand their experiences, in order to collaborate in finding an approach that will best help them to achieve their goals.

In individual and family work, I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, and a person-centered approach in which I focus on the messages and experiences that keep people stuck and work with clients to contradict them.

With couples, I utilize my training through the Gottman Institute, a world’s leading researcher in couple therapy, to help couples to manage conflict, deepen their friendship and intimacy, and create shared meaning in their lives. I view a major part of this process as helping partners face issues together rather than letting the issue divide them. I work with couples to help them learn the skills to support and understand each other better in order to get out of gridlock.

In both cases, I believe that therapy can be an enjoyable and deeply healing process. I offer services for children, adolescents, and adults, both as individuals and families. I love to work with couples and parents and specialize in helping new and soon-to-be parents navigate the transition into parenthood.

I am both LGBTQ and Polyamory friendly and aware of the dynamics of being part of those communities. I also have experience working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, both while in relationships and out of them.

In addition to therapy services, I also offer a Bringing Baby Home workshop to help strengthen a couple’s relationship and prepare them for challenges typical to the transition to parenthood. This workshop has been shown in studies through the Gottman Institute, to reduce Postpartum Depression by 44% as well as having a significant effect on the likelihood of separation or divorce within the first five years of having children.

graduated from Antioch University in Seattle with a MA in Psychology from their Child and Family Therapy program. I have also completed a variety of training through the Gottman Institute, the world’s leading researcher in couple therapy, including the Level 1 and 2 Clinician Training (which focuses on working with couples), Emotion Coaching (which focuses on parenting skills), and Bringing Baby Home (which focuses on strengthening couple relationships and skills specific to the transition into parenthood). Previously I also completed trainings relating to domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy and therapy, through SafePlace in Olympia, WA.

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 ask clients to set their own rate within my sliding scale range, where they feel is appropriate for their finances. There are three different ranges depending on the length of session. For a 50 minute session, the rate is between $95 and $150. Sessions that are 80 minutes long range from $140 to $225. The longer 110 minute sessions range from $190 to $300. The two longer session options are usually utilized by couples and families, though some individuals prefer them. Frequency is more important than length of session in most cases however.

If you are looking for fees below my current sliding scale, please check with me about the current availability of this option before scheduling a session. I am currently in network with Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield and able to accept out of network insurance if you are covered. For more information or to schedule an appointment, feel free to send me an email at counselingbypk@gmail.com, or you can give me a call at (503) 804-5761. Click here to use my online scheduling tool to make an appointment.