John R. Montopoli, LMFT, LPCC

Psychotherapist San Francisco John Montopoli
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
MFC 39800, LPC 317
(415) 689-­4131


John's passion for psychology began when he was a high school student in Connecticut while taking his first psychology class.  He became fascinated with understanding human behavior.  John's interest in the field of psychology strengthened as he learned about theories aimed at helping people solve their human concerns.

As John learned more about various forms of psychotherapy, he was drawn to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  The practical and goal-oriented nature of CBT is consistent with his desire to see results.  John helps clients learn skills and coping styles so they learn to solve their own challenges, all within the context of a warm, collaborative, and supportive environment.

He treats adults with a variety of concerns, including:

Anxiety Disorders like social anxiety, shy bladder, panic attacks, phobias, generalized anxiety, and worry
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Relationship challenges including conflict and/or dissatisfaction and breakups/divorce
Work stress

John is proud to be the co-founders of National Social Anxiety Center (NSAC).  He is on the Board of organization and is the director of its San Francisco regional clinic.  NSAC educates consumers about social anxiety.  It also disseminates information to clinicians about best practices and latest research.

Dedicated to providing evidence-based psychotherapy, John infuses a variety of modalities, including:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT)
Motivational Interviewing

He is also a member of several professional organizations, including:

Northern California CBT Network (NCCBT)
Academy of Cognitive Therapy
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Bay Area Open Minds

Education and Training

John earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Fordham University in New York City and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco. He became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 2003 and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in 2012.

After becoming licensed, John completed an intensive year-long post-graduate program in CBT at the prestigious Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Philadelphia.  He is a certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist as a Diplomate with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.  John values ongoing training and consultation to always be learning and updating his skills.