Christopher Montiel

“I became a therapist because I intuitively acknowledge and value the connectedness between all people and our environments.”

Why I became a therapist

Having reached a plateau in my previous career and, in some ways, the trajectory of my life, I did what many of us might do - I turned inward and began reflecting on where I’d come in life and where I wanted to go next. I found myself spending a lot of time reflecting on my personal values and strengths, consulting with trusted friends, and building an authentic relationship with my own intuition. In the end, I became a therapist because it was the exact thing I kept coming back to. I became a therapist because I intuitively acknowledge and value the connectedness between all people and our environments. I became a therapist because my friends’ eyes lit up and I got goosebumps each time I talked about it. I became a therapist because I was drawn AND guided to it. Being a therapist is, for me, a consistent work of passion and exploration, a love language understood by both my emotional AND logical minds, and the most fulfilling and natural-fitting work I’ve yet done.

Who I work with

I have experience and highly value working with Queer (LGBTQIA+), Latinx/First-Generation, poor, BIPOC, and other marginalized folx from adolescence through adulthood. I have worked with survivors of complex and acute trauma, and with clients experiencing - among others - symptoms of anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, obsessive thoughts, relationship challenges, perfectionism, people pleasing, and isolation. Past clients have also included those looking for self-acceptance, stress management/relief, comfort in setting boundaries, new ways of expressing themselves/their emotions, and more.

“Knowing oneself comes from attending with compassionate curiosity to what is happening within.” - Dr. Gabor Maté

Working With Me

My hope, in you working with me and me with you, is that we truly find ways to work WITH one another. Therapy is, first and foremost, a collaborative process, and I rely on each client to be the expert in their own experiences, feelings, truths, lives, etc. I aim to create a space that is warm, safe, and feels free of judgment. I value gentleness, open communication (especially through difficult subjects), and inclusive compassion. My therapeutic approach ingrains these values in a perspective that includes a range of theories and teachings.* I find that, for every individual client, fluidity and flexibility among those theories and teachings allows us to find a unique approach that works best. I hope that working with me feels genuine, fulfilling, and comfortable. I hope that, in our work, we will better understand the connectedness between you and your unique environment - and the ways the latter continuously impacts your day-to-day life, from start-to-finish, and in all areas. *My work is increasingly trauma-informed and culturally competent, and relies primarily on polyvagal theory, acceptance commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), sensorimotor psychotherapy, mindfulness, and body movement. My clinical practice is heavily influenced by Dr. Stephen Porges, Dr. Gabor Maté, Deb Dana, LCSW, Dr. Dan Siegel, and Tricia Hersey, MDiv.

My Qualifications and trainings

  • I received my Masters in Mental Health Counseling from National Louis University
  • I received my bachelor’s degree in History, Business, Theatre from Wichita State University as well as my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance
  • I am certified in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as Trauma-Informed ACT

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