Psychologist, PSY 14186
Ph.D. Psychology, Alliant International University
M.S. Counseling, California State University, Fullerton
M.A. Christian Education, Talbot Theological Seminary
B.A. Business Administration, Seattle Pacific University
Licensed to the Gospel Ministry, Grace Baptist Church, Salem, OR
Dr. Pontius has worked in mental health settings for over 30 years and has been a licensed psychologist for over 25 years. Before coming to Journeys Counseling Ministry in 2019, Dr. Pontius was Clinic Director of the Meier Clinics office in Laguna Hills, and had facilitated the Autism Spectrum Support Group at Saddleback Church for 21 years.
Dr. Pontius has advanced training in several treatment modalities including: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Applied Behavior Analysis. He has a broad practice, however has a particular interest in adults affected by autism. Dr. Pontius has spoken to diverse audiences that include the staff at John Wayne Airport, the County of Orange Department of Social Services, and regional conferences of the Autism Society of America. He has been on the adjunct faculty at Azusa Pacific University and Concordia University Irvine, and has been a guest lecturer at California Baptist University and in the psychiatry residency program at the University of California, Irvine.
As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Pontius offers psychotherapy to individuals and couples and does psychological testing at both the Costa Mesa and Mission Viejo offices.
- Christian Counseling
- Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
- Psychological Testing and Evaluation
- Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
- Asperger's Syndrome
- Behavioral Issues
- Learning Disabilities
- Life Transitions
- Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
- Relationship Issues
- Self Esteem
- Testing and Evaluation