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John Montopoli, LMFT, LPCC

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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety and Depression
Mood, and Relationship Difficulties
John Montopoli, LMFT, is a licensed psychotherapist and certified cognitive therapist specializing in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for the treatment of Anxiety Disorders located in the Noe Valley area of San Francisco. He also provides services as an associate of Palo Alto Therapy on Sherman Avenue in Palo Alto. John is dedicated to providing high-quality therapy to adults struggling with Social Anxiety Disorder (extreme shyness), Phobias, Health Anxiety, Panic Disorders, Generalized Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Depression.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a practical form of psychotherapy that has been shown in numerous research studies to be effective in treating anxiety and mood disorders. The therapist helps clients overcome symptoms and improve overall functioning by developing skills to cope with the thoughts and behaviors that maintain their problems.

Compared to other forms of psychotherapy, CBT tends to be goal-oriented, present-focused, and collaborative. Typically, the client and therapist collaborate on forming specific goals to be addressed in the therapy. Given its focus on symptom reduction and goal achievement, it tends to be a shorter term form of psychotherapy.
John is a licensed psychotherapist with over 12 years experience helping teens, adults, and couples. He has been licensed to independently practice psychotherapy in California as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (CA License # MFC 39800) since July, 2003. John has maintained a private practice in San Francisco since November, 2004. He is also a certified cognitive therapist as a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

Formal Education:

• M.A. Counseling Psychology, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA - 1997
• B.S. Psychology, Fordham University, New York, NY - 1986
Advanced CBT Training:

•Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research, Philadephia, PA: Intensive extramural training directed by Dr. Aaron Beck and Dr. Judith Beck.
•San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy, Oakland, CA: Ongoing case consultation with Dr. Jacqueline Persons and Dr. Michael Tompkins.
Professional Associations:
•Academy of Cognitive Therapy, Diplomate (Certified Cognitive Therapist)
•California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Member since 1997
Member since 1995
•Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
Member since 2007
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Life Transitions
 Anger Management  Loneliness
 Anxiety and Panic  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Marriage Counseling
 Body Image Issues  Men's Issues
 Caregiver Issues  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Online / Video / Teletherapy
 Chronic Illness  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Couples Therapy  Relationship Issues
 Depression  Self Esteem Issues
 Divorce  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Eating Disorders  Sexual Dysfunction
 Gay or Lesbian Issues  Stress Management
 Grief and Loss  Trauma and PTSD
 Group Therapy  Work and Career Issues
 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)  Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
Payments Accepted
cash, check, credit cards. not in-network with any insurance. however, willing to submit electronic claims as out of network provider.
License:MFC 39800 CA
1801 Bush Street, Suite 206
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