JESSICA MONTAGUE, LCSW
Understanding people and relationships are what makes me tick. I am a licensed clinical social worker and certified emotionally focused therapist and supervisor with extensive advanced clinical training in family and couples therapy. After graduating from Columbia University, I trained for four years at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City to advance my clinical training and experience. Most recently, I have trained in a wide range of empirically supported trauma treatments with a focus on Internal Family Systems through PESI, and at the San Francisco Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy to deepen my attachment-based and relationship work with couples, families, and individuals. Mindfulness work, life stage/development, parent/child relationships across the life span, and coping with grief and loss are areas where I've deepened my practice. This means I've spent many years in clinical training videotaping my work, having my work observed and supervised while studying the most effective interventions to foster healing and closer connections between people. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at San Diego and a Master of Science degree from Columbia University.
Alongside my direct clinical practice, I have supervised associate professionals in my private practice and at several agencies. I am a certified emotionally focused therapist and supervisor, and I am in the process of becoming a certified reflective practice supervisor. I have supervised, taught, and guest lectured at Humboldt State University in the counseling psychology master's program and in the undergraduate psychology program. Currently, I provide consultation and customized training for local agencies, as requested.
I am endorsed as an Infant & Family, Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist in the State of California.
B.A. from University of CA at San Diego
M.S. from Columbia University in New York City
Licensed since October 2009
As a white, able-bodied, heterosexual, cis-gendered female I am keenly aware of the privileges inherent in my identities. Issues of power and privilege are critical to accurately understanding any person and context. They inform my approach to work, life, and relationships. Growing up in Oakland, my awareness of oppression and inequity juxtaposed against my privileged social location formed my values of equity, diversity, and deep compassion. I am committed to dismantling racism, all -isms, from the intrapersonal to the systemic. I frequently work cross-culturally and am deeply honored each time. Humility, deep listening, compassion, understanding systemic oppression, and intergenerational trauma inform my approach to all cross-cultural work.
My partner and I have been married for over 11 years. We have two young daughters together and live in Oakland. We have each been in individual therapy and have been in couples therapy together. I know what it's like to go through the process of therapy and have experienced my own personal and relationship transformation. Therapy is vulnerable, challenging, and painful, while it is also joyful, exciting, and life-altering (for the better!). My experience is one of the reasons I became a therapist. It is critical that
therapists work on themselves and their relationships throughout their professional careers to ensure good practice, self-care, and overall well-being. Just like physical health, we all have to take care of our mental health.
The paintings that appear throughout my website are by Humboldt County artist Jess Aldeghi.