JOHN R. MONTOPOLI, LMFT, LPCC

(415) 689-4131

Specializations

John treats adults with a variety of concerns, including:

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

John is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who has worked in the mental health field for more than 20 years helping college students and adults, of all ages. He uses a combination of empathy and evidence-based therapies to help his clients who live with anxiety disorders, depression, work stress, obsessive compulsive disorder, specific phobias, life transition issues, and sexual identity issues.

Experience:

20+ Years

Ages:
  • Young Adults
  • College Students
  • Adults (18+)

John started working with clients in 1996, and he received his license in 2003. One year later, he opened his own practice. He has dedicated his career to working in the field of mental health and helping his clients overcome barriers to achieving their goals and, ultimately, helping them to improve their quality of life. John enjoys working with those who live with anxiety disorders, such as social anxiety, panic disorders, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety. Other areas of special interest to him are depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), life transition issues, and work stress.

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, John sees working with his clients as a privilege where he is welcomed into their inner experiences. He appreciates the opportunity to help people who struggle with solving issues on their own and finds it rewarding to see people make positive changes and learn new life skills. He enjoys sharing the journey with his clients who are on paths to improving their lives.

John uses a combination of empathy and evidence-based treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and elements of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness. He practices compassion to ensure that his clients feel respected and understood while working to be goal-oriented, skills-based, and structured.

Outside of his work with clients, John loves to travel, go to indie films, hike on the beach, and try new restaurants.

Education and Professional Affiliations

B.S. Psychology – Fordham University, New York

M.A. Counseling Psychology – University of San Francisco

Post-Graduate Training – Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Post-Graduate Advanced Training (OCD Treatment) – International OCD Foundation Behavior Therapy Training Institute

Certified Diplomate – Academy of Cognitive Therapy

The therapists at Pacific CBT are extensively trained to provide the highest level of evidence-based psychotherapy services to its clients. Beyond their rigorous graduate school studies, each therapist has received additional post-graduate training by masters in the field. They also value ongoing learning through commitment to consultation with experts in the field and by attending continuing education classes and conferences.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a specialized form of psychotherapy. Pacific CBT therapists utilize standard counseling skills that all therapists are trained to provide. In addition to these techniques, they offer the additional components of cognitive behavioral therapy. CBT therapists provide active listening and empathy coupled with teaching skills to help their clients identify the factors that maintain their presenting concerns and the skills and coping strategies to overcome these factors. Pacific CBT therapists strive to help their clients become their own therapist.

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