Practice Description:

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Licensed Certified Art Therapist (LCAT) and Registered/Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC). My role as a therapist is to help you look at emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal patterns that are no longer working for you and to help you develop new ways of being in the world, so you can feel more fulfilled and connected.

My space is part office, part studio. One way that I can help my clients look at their patterns is through a creative process. Art therapy is not about artistic ability or "doing it right". It is not even about learning to "do it right". It is about expressing yourself in a safe and nonjudgemental space to convey your emotions and ideas, to release tension, and to gain insight into your inner world through color, image and the physical act of creating. My role as an art therapist, when you are making art, is twofold: 1) to support and free up your own process, and 2) to help you describe and find meaning in your creation and to relate it to your larger therapy process. The creative art process is a resource that can be used briefly as part of the therapy session, or making art can be the main format of our sessions together. I also realize that making art is not everyone's cup of tea, so making art is not essential to working together.

I am passionate about helping people live full lives, and I am honored to be a part of the process. I am committed to ongoing learning, about myself and the world, and strive to make therapy a safe, anti-oppressive space to begin or continue your own exploration and self-learning.

Practice Specialty: I work with people on issues of:

- Anxiety, depression, and mood

- Life changes and transitions

- Family changes

- Grief and loss

- Issues of personal identity

- LGBTQ individuals  / relationships

- Creativity

- Interpersonal and relationship challenges

- Self-esteem / self-development

- Trauma - survivors of violence and their loved ones

Age Specialties: 10+

Session Format: 50 or 90 minute sessions. 90 minute sessions are particularly helpful for extended art making sessions.

Years In Practice: 20

Office Hours: Mondays & Tuesdays


50 minute individual/family/couples appointment: $185

I reserve some availability for sliding scale payments.

Accepted Insurance Plan(s): PacificSource. I can bill as an Out-of-Network provider for other insurance plans.


LPC- Licensed Professional Counselor

LCAT- Licensed Certified Art Therapist

License Number(s):

LPC #C1556, Oregon

LCAT #C-10206047


MA in Marital + Family Therapy and Art Therapy, Notre Dame de Namur University, 1999


ATR-BC- Registered Board Certified Art Therapist

Language(s): English

Professional Association(s):

American Art Therapy Association

Supervision: I am able to provide supervision for those working toward LPC or LMFT as well as those working toward their Art Therapy credential (ATR).

NW Art Therapy

Amy Ponteri


The Ford Building

2502 SE 11th Ave, Suite 222

Portland, OR 97202