Dr. Aaron Montgomery

Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychologist

Dr. Montgomery has provided a variety of mental health services to children, adolescents and parents for over 10 years. He is experienced in the application of evidence based treatments including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT; a treatment for disruptive behavior in children) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT; a protocol for treating trauma in children). In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Montgomery has experience supervising graduate level interns, has conducted and presented original research to mental health professionals and has served as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) Written Clinical Examination development process. In his free time, Dr. Montgomery enjoys photography, film, music, developing new culinary skills, and spending time with his family.

A note about my work as a psychologist:

"I practice cognitive-behavioral therapy, which is an evidence-based treatment that focuses on evaluating and modifying thoughts as a strategy for changing the way we feel and behave. Additionally, as a child, adolescent and parenting specialist, my work also focuses on family relationships and patterns of communication—and how these can be modified to help parents be more effective. This in turn helps children and adolescents experience safety and support at home while developing healthy patterns and habits that will help them accomplish their goals in life.

My ultimate goal with clients is to provide a safe and supportive treatment relationship that allows for meaningful self-exploration, problem solving, skill building and healthy psychological, behavioral and interpersonal development."

-Dr. Aaron Montgomery

 

Education

Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Psychology. American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Orange County, CA. Full Accreditation by the American Psychological Association (APA) Dissertation: Montgomery, A. R., (2014) Does a Strong Therapeutic Alliance in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Predict Attendance, Reduction in Parental Distress and Improvement in Child Behavioral Outcomes? (Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation). American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University, Orange County, CA. 

Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology. American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Orange County, CA

Master of Science, Counseling Psychology. California Baptist University, Riverside, CA. Family Systems Emphasis.

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology. La Sierra University, Riverside, CA

 

Certifications

Licensed Psychologist (Lic. PSY28475). California Board of Psychology. 

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (Lic. MFT49608). California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

 

Presentations

Montgomery, A. (2015, September), Is the therapeutic alliance important in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy? Workshop presented at the 15th Annual Conference on Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Traumatized Children at The University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.