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Psychologist in Private Practice
Amy D. Montague Ph.D.
Child and Family Therapy

 

 

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I have over 20 years of private practice experience with children, teens, adults and families.

My past experience includes The Sycamores in Pasadena California with (SED) children who were unable to attend public school because of discipline and emotional problems where I taught training sessions for the teachers, staff and parenting. 

I interned at The Switzer Center in Torrance, California, for one year.  My responsibilities consisted of therapy for Severely Emotionally Disturbed, Abused, Learning and Developmentally Disabled Children, ages 7 to 20, for which I provided therapy, case management and psychological assessments and evaluations, including achievement and other educational testing as well as testing for Attention Deficit and other childhood learning disabilities and disorders. 

I completed my pre-doctorial internship, in a private practice, in the Community Counseling Center at Cerritos, as a psychological assistant where I provided psychotherapy with children, ages 5 to 22, parents, family therapy, coupleís therapy.  I taught parenting classes, conducted group therapy sessions and worked with the Victimís Witness Program in Cerritos in conjunction with the Cerritos and Los Angeles Police Department.  At this clinic I worked with differing disorders including personality disorders, substance abuse, child abuse, psychosis and the developmental disorders. 

My first pre-doctorial internship was at Cedars-Sinai Medical where I worked in the therapeutic nursery school with SED children and their families. 

While attending post graduate school to receive my degrees, I ran a daycare for special needs children from my home.  These were physically or mentally handicapped children that needed specialized care while the parents were at work.  I ran this daycare for three years and gained valuable experience with autism, ADD, and developmentally challenged children.

Before that I trained for and ran a Montessori class for first and second grade children.  It was a five year period which gave me a good basis for the training and education of children and their parents.

Finally I have successfully raised two children of my own and they excelled at school, despite a language disorder, and both have a very positive outlook and solid experience with life.  I am still married to their father with a strong love and feel that I know what a functional family should be like because of all our positive experiences.