My name is Whitley Montgomery. I have my LPCC licensure in the state of MN and have been practicing as a mental health practitioner for several years working with children and their families ages 4 to 19 who live throughout Hennepin county. I have experience working with children in the school setting, in the community, in office, and in-home settings.
I am currently working for St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development and have recently become involved in their therapeutic foster care program and intensive treatment in foster care programs. Within these programs, we provide in-home individual and family therapy services, individual and family mental health skills training services, as well as family consultation and professional care consultation with other providers. These programs specifically involve foster parents and the children in their care. Therapists and providers support these families and children as they pursue permanency options which may include open adoption, closed adoption, kinship placements, or adoptions through foster care. It has been my primary role to support children with their emotional and mental health needs as it relates to their mental health diagnoses and their placement in foster care, as they process and explore options of permanency.
I utilize techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma focused work to engage clients and their families in processing and exploring the impact their early childhood experiences have had on their current functioning, ways of thinking, and ways of being. I also believe in engaging children and their families in activities that will strengthen their attachments and relationships. I enjoy using movement activities, art therapy activities and music as part of my therapeutic work with clients and families.
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF CBT)
Adoption Identity (i.e., self-worth, self-esteem)
Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Early Traumatic Experiences
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Search + Reunion
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
Adult (Ad. Parent - Individual)
Elementary Age (7-12)
Young Adult (19-25)
Young Child (3-6)
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