Individual & Family Therapy
Child & Adolescent Therapy
Meeting with a psychologist who is a child and adolescent specialist is important because therapy with children and adolescents is very different from therapy with adults. Whereas adults are often seeking treatment for a problem they want to solve, children and adolescents are often brought to treatment by their parents, may be less motivated for change, and may need special attention to increase their awareness of how therapy can be helpful. Additionally, children and adolescents are moving through developmental stages at a different rate than adults and special attention must be paid to each child and adolescent's particular biopsychosocial and developmental needs.
As a psychologist with academic and clinical training in family systems theory Dr. Montgomery has a unique appreciation for the role of family dynamics in child and adolescent mental health. Family relationships (and one's perception of family relationships) can be evaluated and adjusted to promote optimal child and adolescent development. Often improvements in communication, emotional reciprocity, mutual understanding and capacity for perspective-taking yield positive results in family therapy.
Therapy for Young Adults
Young adults facing developmental changes often benefit from support, collaborative problem solving and strategies for coping with major age related transitions. These include leaving home for college, entering the workforce, planning for the future, changes in new or old romantic relationships, and adjusting to increased autonomy from parents and family.
If you are a parent seeking a licensed psychologist to work with your child, contact Dr. Montgomery today. With an office in Newport Beach, Dr. Montgomery helps kids and teens from the surrounding towns of Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Irvine, Orange, Tustin, Rancho Santa Margarita, Huntington Beach, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo, Fountain Valley, Anaheim, Seal Beach, Dana Point and beyond.