Teresa Ponikvar, AMFT

"Your identity is not equivalent to your biography....There is a place in you that has never been wounded."   -John O'Donohue


I'm glad you're here.  

It might be scary to take this step towards healing and change, and to contemplate sharing your struggles with a new, unknown person.  

It might be exciting and energizing to imagine doing something for yourself and your well-being.  

Or it might be with exhaustion and resignation that you find yourself once again seeking help for a struggle that has never quite resolved, despite your best efforts.  

Whatever it is, I will aim to create a warm, safe and spacious environment for you to explore, experiment, heal, and grow.  

Please note that I am not accepting new clients at this time.

What to expect

My approach to therapy is gentle, collaborative, strength-based and focused on what is alive in you from moment to moment.  

A typical session with me may include some combination of dialogue, visualization, experiential/somatic exercises and role plays, art, and play.  Together we'll discover what works best for you. 

I draw on existential and process therapy models as well as Nonviolent Communication  in my trauma-informed work.   

Sessions are in-person in San José and Campbell.    


1925 S. Winchester Blvd, Ste. 106, Campbell, CA (evening appointments)

1760 The Alameda, Ste. 100, San José, CA (daytime appointments)

Who I work with

I work with adults, teens, and children who may be feeling...