Meena Montemayor, LCSW, PPSC


About me:

 I am a Licensed Clincial Social Worker (#29776)   working with families and children for over 25 years.  My passion is raising healthy children into adults capable of meeting the challenges of life head on. I have worked for years facilitating individual and group therapy with young adults to discuss their stressful experiences and guide them towards wellness and healthy problem solving .  I have spent a considerable amount of time working with parents to be aware of  "all or nothing" thinking  and notice the small wins and attainable goal setting.

 My approach is a blend of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Solution Focus as well as Strength Based Therapy. 

I received  a BA in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach, and a Master of Social Work from University of Southern California. I have a current Pupil Personnel Credential that I utilize to work in the Los Angeles Unified School District in a variety of school setting which range  from Elementary, Middle  to High school's . I have worked as a school site therapist, a clinical therapist and   I am currently working in a Specialized Program with Foster Youth.  I have been working as an Adjunct Professor in the Suzanne Dworak Peck School of Social Work, teaching in the Children, Youth  and Family concentration.  Teaching young adults has given me another perspective of the challenges young adults face .   I have enjoyed working with numerous children and young adults  on self esteem and acceptance .  

Teaching client's  ways to find their voice  to express their needs in appropriate ways while facilitating and supporting their parents.

Through my years of experience I have infused my humor into my matter of fact teaching style others that problems or struggles are lessons that need to be learned.  I have found that giving my client's homework and working on reachable  goals  has provided another avenue of expression that clients find beneficial.  Self- acceptance is my area of focus at a vulnerable times.  Through my practice one will be provided the tools, support and follow through necessary to get to the next level. My concentration is facilitating young adults to transition to well adjusted grown ups.   My experience has taught me there are many young adults that are looking for safe place to express their hopes and desires, as well as their fears in order to make choices that feel right for them.