Introduction to Treatment

Dr. Montgomery is a child and adolescent specialist providing individual and family therapy services in Newport Beach, California. After evaluating your specific needs, Dr. Montgomery will select the appropriate strategies to promote your desired psychological and behavioral health goals. Treatment is approached from a skill building perspective with interventions derived from contemporary cognitive behavioral therapy and is informed by developmental psychology and family systems theory. Treatment sessions are typically 45-50 minutes in duration, once weekly for 16-20 weeks depending on diagnosis, problem severity and response to treatment. Occasionally, treatment may be as brief as 8 weeks dependent on desired treatment goals. See here for information about rates and insurance.

Though based in Newport Beach, patients travel from all over Orange County to work with Dr. Montgomery including Laguna Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Rancho Santa Margarita, Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo, Orange, Anaheim, Tustin, Huntington Beach, Dana Point, Seal Beach, Fountain Valley and beyond.

Treatment Areas

  • Angry Outbursts
  • Disruptive Behavior
  • Non-Compliance with Adult Instructions
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Social Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • School Problems
  • Parent - Child Conflict
  • Depression
  • Peer Problems

Treatment At A Glance

A Typical Course Of Treatment Often Includes:

  • Diagnostic Assessment
  • Psychosocial Assessment
  • Direct Advice & Feedback
  • Treatment Planning
  • Parent Training
  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy

Sample Of Skills Often Developed In Treatment: 

  • Problem Solving
  • Communication Skills
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Emotional Expression
  • Social Skills
  • Organizational Skills
  • Behavior Management
  • Parenting Strategies

Diagnoses Treated

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Other Specified Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Unspecified Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Bipolar & Related Disorders

  • Bipolar I Disorder
  • Bipolar II Disorder
  • Cyclothymic Disorder

Depressive Disorders

  • Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
  • Major Depressive Disorder, Single and Recurrent Episodes
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia)

Anxiety Disorders

  • Separation Anxiety Disorder
  • Selective Mutism
  • Specific Phobia
  • Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Panic Attack (Specifier)
  • Agoraphobia
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive & Related Disorders

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Trauma- & Stressor-Related Disorders

  • Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Acute Stress Disorder
  • Adjustment Disorders

Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
In my work with families, I begin by forming a collaborative therapeutic relationship while listening closely & asking specific questions to help narrow the focus of treatment. Once the problem is clarified, I offer feedback about what seems to be maintaining the problem & offer advice about strategies that can help improve the situation. During the treatment phase, I help to maintain a focus on the problem, potential solutions & obstacles to a successful outcome, while providing additional tools & information to optimize the success of each family member in therapy.
— Dr. Montgomery