Finding A Therapist


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Welcome to the Inner-healing Web Site

hosted by F. Michael Montgomery, LCSW, LMFT

LCS 6184, MFC 15488

Therapy for the heart, mind, body and spirit in a safe and healing setting

This Inner-healing web site is a resource center for the support and promotion of personal growth and healing.

My desire is to support people in their own healing through the compassionate and courageous work of their hearts. 


Selecting A Therapist

(for my office information, map and forms, please click here)

There are many different types of therapists and many different types of training.  The following information can help guide you in selecting a therapist.

Personal Rapport

It is important that the therapist you choose is someone with whom you feel comfortable.  No matter what their competence and training, if you don't have that sense of being able to connect with the therapist in a trusting and comfortable way, your work with them may be hampered.  This is not a reflection about you or the therapist.  It is about finding that relationship that works for you.


Find out about what kind of license a therapists has.  Each should be licensed in the state in which they practice (almost all states have licensure laws now).  Check to see if the therapist belongs to any national accrediting body or association.  If you cannot get this information beforehand,  the therapist should readily give you this information.  It may be important to you to ask if the therapist is newly licensed or has had many years of experience.

Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) have a masters degree and two or three years of graduate training.  Marriage and Family Therapists (MFCC or MFT) have a masters degree and two or three years of graduate training.  Psychologists (Ph.D. or Ed.D.)  have a doctoral degree and often specialize in psychological testing.   Psychiatrists (M.D.) are medical doctors who received psychological training after completing medical school.  They can write prescriptions.  All of these professions provide psychotherapy.

Direct Contact with the Therapist

To get a personal feel for the therapist as well as to ask any questions you may have, speak with the therapist by phone.  Do you feel engaged (comfortable) with the therapist?  Ask them about how they would approach your particular concern and how they would work with you.  It may be important for you to know about the therapist's attitudes about lifestyle or religious or spiritual views or other considerations.  Ask about their fee and, if you have insurance, whether the therapy is covered.


It may help to ask your family doctor or a friend who has seen a therapist for a referral.  Whatever you do, trust the feeling of the contact (or lack of it) you have with the therapist you meet.

RECAMFT (the Redwood Empire Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists) has a list of local (Sonoma County, CA) therapists that you can access at:

For a national resource for local therapists in your area, search through the: Mental Health Net.

To see my resume, click here.

For information about my office, click here.

Please E-mail me with any suggestions, comments, or feedback you may have. I would really like to hear from you!



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F. Michael Montgomery, LCSW, LMFT
LCS 6184, MFC 15488
The Inner-healing Web Site
1209 College Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404-3907
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This web site was created on 3-28-99