St. David’s Center for Children
8800 Minnesota 7, Ste 200
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
My name is Whitley Montgomery. I have my LPCC licensure in the state of MN and have been practicing as a mental health practitioner for several years working with children and their families ages 4 to 19 who live throughout Hennepin county. I have experience working with children in the school setting, in the community, in office, and in-home settings.
I am currently working for St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development and have recently become involved in their therapeutic foster care program and intensive treatment in foster care programs. Within these programs, we provide in-home individual and family therapy services, individual and family mental health skills training services, as well as family consultation and professional care consultation with other providers. These programs specifically involve foster parents and the children in their care. Therapists and providers support these families and children as they pursue permanency options which may include open adoption, closed adoption, kinship placements, or adoptions through foster care. It has been my primary role to support children with their emotional and mental health needs as it relates to their mental health diagnoses and their placement in foster care, as they process and explore options of permanency.
I utilize techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma focused work to engage clients and their families in processing and exploring the impact their early childhood experiences have had on their current functioning, ways of thinking, and ways of being. I also believe in engaging children and their families in activities that will strengthen their attachments and relationships. I enjoy using movement activities, art therapy activities and music as part of my therapeutic work with clients and families.
Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate Graduate (University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare): Yes, Twin Cities 2018 Cohort
Service Location: In-home
Languages Spoken: English
Young Child (0-5)
Elementary Age (6-12)
Young Adult (19+) Adoptee
Adoptive Parent – Individual
Areas of Practice Strength:
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
Search and Reunion support
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Therapeutic Foster Care- Oregon (TFC-O) and Intensive treatment in foster care (ITFC).
Our practice specializes in Therapeutic Foster Care- Oregon and Intensive treatment in foster care. Within these programs we provide trauma focused therapy services, skills training services, family therapy services, and social work support related specifically to foster care and adoption.