Denise Pont Denise Pont, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapy in Westlake Village, California, 91362

Denise Pont

Denise Pont, LMFT

Denise Pont

Denise Pont, LMFT

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Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Weekend Availability
Evening Availability

Offices

5743 Corsa Avenue
Suite 112
Westlake Village, California 91362

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My Approach to Helping

I see the best in people and try to work as hard as they are to help them resolve their challenges and feel better. I want my clients to have a metaphorical 'tool bag' of coping skills and interventions that they can use on their own and they can add to.

More Info About My Practice

I do not take insurance, but I can provide you with a Super-Bill, or I can complete a claim form for you so that your insurance will reimburse you out-of-network.
I offer affordable therapy and a sliding scale for clients with demonstrated financial difficulty. My regular fee is $100.00 per session.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I hold an Alcohol and Other Drug Certification as well as my license as an MFT. I am passionate about working with people with addiction issues. This addiction or chemical dependency may be to drugs and alcohol, the internet, shopping, gaming or pornography. I believe in the disease model of addiction and I know that for many clients the addiction is driven by other mental health issues such as depression, trauma, or anxiety and I believe that these disorders must be addressed simultaneously. I am on staff at a local Residential Treatment Center and consider my work there to be very rewarding.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

The use of empathic listening and rapport building is the first step in supporting a client as the client begins the process of working towards resolving their particular difficulty. Psychotherapy helps to educate clients about the constellation of symptoms they may be experiencing; this can result in the client feeling less frightened and more hopeful that they can be their own agents of change.

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

To provide the client with an opportunity to develop a mental tool-box of coping skills and education so that he or she can feel empowered to tackle their mental health challenges on their own. Psychotherapy offers the opportunity to form a unique and intimate bond with a therapist, and this relationship can and does heal many of the struggles arising out of attachment and bonding issues, and low self-esteem. It is a safe place to process problems and to feel understood and listened to.

My Role as a Therapist

My role is to support the client as the client develops more insight into what is causing suffering in their lives. I am there to encourage this personal growth and to help the client understand and process their feelings about a particular mental health issue. I help clients understand particular symptoms that they may be experiencing and I may refer the client for further assessment from a psychiatrist or medical doctor. I use my training in the field of psychology to help me understand a client's own experience of mental health.

Had a Negative Therapy Experience?

I would say that I am truly sorry that their experience was negative. I would ask them what had happened to them and try to help them understand how therapy is intended to be helpful. I cannot erase their experience but would hope to be given the opportunity to demonstrate that therapy can be healing and helpful.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    Depression, anxiety, adult ADHD, social anxiety, stress, couples therapy

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Cancer
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Phobias
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Esteem
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Journal Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
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