Jonathan Montoya, MA, LIA-SW

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Philosophy of Care

Life is difficult and we all need help at some point. Talking about it with someone trustworthy is just the first step in healing and moving towards wellness. During our work together I will encourage self-efficacy, resilience, positive communication, and self-care with my clients. My goal is to bring peace and positivity to the mind, body, and soul. This is done through working hand-in-hand with my clients in understanding their situation from multiple viewpoints using various therapeutic modalities.

As a clinical social worker, I perceive issues from a biopsychosocial perspective. This means looking beyond the individual and understating our environment around us such as our family, friends, workplace and our community. With my clients I practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in order to reveal how our thoughts, emotions and behaviors contribute to the current situation. I provide strengths-based therapy techniques to set tangible goals specific to the client’s needs. These skills can then be transferred into everyday life situations. Over time and practice, my sessions help rewire the neural networks of negative thoughts and behaviors in order to construct a more positive neural connection.

Previously, I have worked in university and hospital settings as well as in state and federal institutions. My background as a clinical social worker has given me an understanding of habits and trauma. In my work, I have been able to build a more positive social support system for my clients. I work with individuals, couples, families and teens from various cultural backgrounds and age groups with issues ranging from day-to-day stressors to suicidal ideations and everything in between.

Self-care in my life includes laughter, friends, family, exercising, meditation, and most recently learning how to play the ukulele.

Education and Licensure 

MSW, MA in Social Work concentration in Health, University of Washington, 2019

BA in Psychology, University of New Mexico, 2016

BA in Sociology, University of New Mexico, 2016

Motivational Interviewing in Brief Consultation Certificate 2019

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certification 2019

PTSD From Neurobiology to Treatment Certificate. 2019

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk Certificate 2018

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Certificate 2015


Specialties and Modalities 

Trauma

Anxiety

Depression

CBT

Mindfulness techniques

Family issues

Life management

Resilience

Life transitions

Self-efficacy

Self-esteem building

DBT