Angela F. Montgomery, LPC, NCC, CCTP, BC-TMH
Licensed Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on the personalities of the psychotherapist and patient, and the particular problems you bring forward. While Ms. Montgomery may utilize techniques from various theoretical approaches, her core approach/theory to the counseling process is Integrative. This theoretical orientation allows the counselor/therapist to apply components of several major counseling and psychological theories including Cognitive-Behavioral, Adlerian, Existential, Person-Centered, Solution Focused, traditional Psychodynamic Theory, Mindfulness and Meditation, and other disciplines within the field of psychology and counseling to allow for maximum results based upon the specific needs of the patient. Each of these approaches is a well established, researched, and respected therapeutic orientation
Psychotherapy is not like a medical doctor visit. Instead, it calls for a very active effort on your part. In order for the therapy to be most successful, you will have to work on things we talk about both during our sessions and at home. The first few sessions will involve an evaluation of your needs. By the end of the evaluation, Ms. Montgomery will be able to offer you some first impressions of what your work will include and a treatment plan to follow, if you decide to continue with therapy, you should evaluate this information along with your own opinions of whether you feel comfortable working with her. Therapy involves a large commitment of time, money, and energy, so you should be very careful about the counselor/therapist you select.
Psychotherapy can have benefits and risks. Since therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. On the other hand, psychotherapy has also been shown to have benefits for people who go through it. Therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress. But there are no guarantees of what you will experience.
With the exception of court ordered cases, participation in therapy is completely voluntary. As such, you may terminate counseling at any time. However, abrupt termination of the counseling process can present unforeseen issues such as experiencing a sense of loss from being separated from the counseling relationship, and in some cases, experiencing a regression of symptoms and or behaviors that are unwanted. Therefore, please inform Ms. Montgomery if you wish to stop your therapy so that she can schedule a termination session where any unfinished business, lingering questions, and/or alternative forms of care could be addressed. Please note that Ms. Montgomery reserves the right to terminate services with any patient unilaterally from treatment in cases where physical threats of violence are made against her personally. However, if she does choose to terminate you from therapy, she will offer you referrals for other sources of care. However, she cannot guarantee that they will accept you for therapy.
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counseling and treatment, we are able to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life.
People experience stress responses following many types of traumatic events. It is not uncommon for the memory of the traumatic experience to be buried. As a result, the trauma may have been misdiagnosed as another mental health disorder. Some people have experienced the symptoms of trauma without having connected them with a traumatic experience. This may be because you cannot remember the trauma or perhaps because you don’t believe the symptoms are connected to the trauma. We utilize a treatment approach that emphasizes exposure and cognitive restructuring to help you cope with life problems that may be related to the traumatic experience.
At Hope Counseling and Psychotherapy we recognize that human relationships are at the core of some of the most wonderful and the most troubling of life experiences. Building healthy relationships, healing broken ones, and reconciling to the loss of a relationship and all that entails are important elements of the work that we do. Relationships grow out of interactions in all arenas of life. They can include partner/marital/or couple relationships (heterosexual and gay/lesbian), occupational and professional relationships, parent-child relationships, sibling relationships, family relationships, supervisor-worker relationships, and others. Because relationships involve people who come from different backgrounds, life perspectives,and values; they are complex and can be the source of great satisfaction or great pain.
We are dedicated to fostering healthy relationships and working to heal broken ones. When a relationship is irretrievably changed or broken, we focus of reconciliation to loss and focus on new growth and hope for the future.
At Hope Counseling and Psychotherapy we use an established, well researched premarital counseling program designed for engaged couples who are focused on creating successful marriages even as they plan their weddings.
Married and single couples often face challenges in their relationships. The focus of marital and couple's counseling is to explore the causes of conflict and discord, develop deeper commitment to each other and the relationship, improve communication, and promote healing.
This is accomplished through a variety of cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal techniques that promote deeper intimacy and healing.
The end of a relationship can be very painful and traumatic. We are dedicated to helping people regain balance in their lives after the loss of a relationship. We are focused on healing and growth. If you are in the midst of pain, sorrow, confusion, anger, frustration, guilt, or any of the many other emotions that come with a break up, you are not alone. There is hope. If you are struggling with painful emotions, we are here to help.
Need help controlling your anger? Do you get agitated easily and often feel irritable? Have you ever damaged property, raised your voice in anger, used abusive language with another person, assaulted someone, injured yourself in anger, or experienced another negative consequence because your temper got the best of you? Has your anger ever led to legal problems, job issues, injury, or relationship problems?
We offer an effective anger management treatment protocol that can help you resolve these problems. This protocol will also meet court ordered Anger Management Counseling requirements (if needed). Likewise, we provide conflict resolution services focused on mediating good outcomes between people who have reached an impasse.
Whether you are in the process of starting , advancing, or changing your career, navigating the labor market can be overwhelming. We offer career guidance to assist you in clarifying your work identity and goals by assessing your personality traits, interests, values, and personal and professional skills . We will assist you with self-exploration and developing a career action plan. We also offer guidance on managing work relationships as well as job stress and burn out.
Ms. Montgomery received professional training in Counseling and Psychotherapy through Liberty University; ultimately earning a Masters’ degree in Counseling. Ms. Montgomery is a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor in good standing with the Virginia Board of Counseling. She is approved by the Virginia Board of Counseling to provide Clinical Supervision to Counseling Residents. She is also an active member of several professional organizations. Her practice addresses the needs of individuals, couples, and families. Her practice is extended to persons of all ages, genders, and faiths.
Ms. Montgomery’s primary theoretical orientation (her primary framework for practice) is Integrative. This theoretical orientation allows the counselor/therapist to apply components of several major counseling and psychological theories including Cognitive-Behavioral, Adlerian, Existential, Person-Centered, Solution Focused, and traditional Psychodynamic Theory, Mindfulness, and other disciplines within the field of psychology and counseling to allow for maximum results based upon the specific needs of the patient. Each of these approaches is a well established, researched, and respected therapeutic orientation.
Ms. Montgomery has particular interest in trauma and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Provider (CCTP). Ms. Montgomery has extensive experience working with the Military culture; she is also qualified to treat Relational Issues, Conflict Resolution, Anxiety Disorders, Grief and Loss, Depressive Disorders and provides Career Counseling. She also provides treatment of other mental health disorders and problems in living as described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association.
Please contact us with questions at 360-305-6900
328 Office Square Lane, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462, United States
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed Sunday, Monday, and Thursday
Please print and complete the New Client Form and Professional Counseling Disclosure Form prior to you first session and bring these forms with you to your first session. If someone is participating in the counseling session with you they will need to fill out a separate New Client Form.
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