My approach to therapy

Psychotherapy can help you improve your relationship and coping skills, deepen your understanding of yourself and others, and discover options and solutions for the issues that concern you.

The most important factor in any psychotherapy is the relationship between the client and the therapist. My focus is on creating a safe and supportive environment so that you will be able to access your strengths and resources. As you experience being heard, understood and accepted, you will be more able to learn, grow and make the changes that lead to a happier, healthier life. While we will talk about the events and people in your life, we will also explore your reactions to them, your feelings about them, and the meaning that they have for you.

I focus on creating a sense of safety and respect beginning with our first phone contact, and continuing throughout our work together. As we begin, I usually ask some questions about your history, your concerns, and your goals for therapy, and support you in setting the pace and direction of what we talk about. I will ask for your feedback as we progress to ensure that we are addressing your needs and goals.

I generally meet with clients once each week, for a 50-minute session. Continuity is helpful for most clients, so we arrange a “standing appointment time” which means that you come at the same time on the same day each week, unless otherwise arranged. If a client is experiencing a crisis, we may meet more often.

Each client is different, so the length of the therapy varies. Ideally, we decide together when it is time to end therapy based on whether your goals have been met and whether your life is now more satisfying.

I invite you to contact me so that I can tell you more about my practice and so that you can begin to get a sense of what it would be like to work with me.






Anne Montagna, M.A.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

(408) 823-8233

Counseling for adults and couples.


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