Specialties & expertise
Dr. Rebekah Montgomery is a clinical psychologist in Washington DC specializing in couples therapy, premarital counseling, and relationship issues. Though the focus of her practice is currently on couples therapy, she also has expertise in trauma, grief, anxiety, and depression. She completed training at Harvard Medical School and Boston University Medical School among other institutions.
For couples, Dr. Montgomery offers private couples therapy sessions, private pre-marital counseling, as well as one day pre-marital group workshops. In pre-marital counseling, Dr. Montgomery offers couples the education, skills, and a safe space to have important conversations about the critical pieces of building a life together. Engagement is a special time when couples celebrate their love and commitment to each other, but while all couples want a happy fulfilling marriage, no one is born knowing how to be married. Most individuals have achieved success in the important areas of their lives from education, knowledge, hard work, and practice, and marriage is no different. Pre-marital counseling is an opportunity for couples to prepare for the rewarding and challenging experience of marriage.
Dr. Montgomery has advanced training in a number of treatment modalities, including cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, interpersonal, emotion focused, and mindfulness and acceptance based interventions. She is interactive, direct, and solution-focused, offering support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. With compassion and understanding, she works with clients to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
Couples counseling – Improving communication and intimacy with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Premarital counseling – A safe space to gain the education and skills to have important conversations about the critical pieces of building a life together
Relationships – Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of loneliness or disconnection; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Dr. Montgomery is not in-network with any insurances.
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Initial session: $225
Ongoing sessions: $200
Initial session: $250
Ongoing sessions: $225
Message to clients
"People seek therapy for a variety of reasons. Therapy can be useful if you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation, to face and feel free from your past, improve your relationships, or to work towards personal growth and change. Therapy can be helpful if stressors are getting overwhelming, relationships are disappointing, or if some aspect of your life is not working.
Clients and colleagues describe my style as warm, genuine, caring and active. I believe establishing a strong, safe, and trusting therapy relationship is the foundation for success and change in therapy. I have extensive experience working with clients facing depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, as well as self esteem and relationship difficulties. I work with clients navigating struggles or dissatisfaction within their career or educational endeavors. I also provide couples therapy and have expertise working with couples around improving emotional connection, intimacy and communication. In a supportive non-judgmental atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my clients individual needs to help attain the growth and change they’re striving for."
Treatment approachesAcceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2016 - Present
Commonwealth Psychology Associates, 2013 - 2016
Center for Returning Veterans, VA Boston Healthcare System, 2008 - 2013
University of Maryland, VA Maryland Healthcare System, 2007 - 2008
Catholic University of America, PhD, 2008
Catholic University of America, MA, 2006
Fordham University, BS, 2003