Dr. Montfort is a licensed psychologist and the founder of the Center for Maternal Mental Health, a therapy practice dedicated to serving women throughout all stages of motherhood. After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, she went on to earn her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. Dr. Montfort has always gravitated to working with women, and has gained extensive experience and training in outpatient hospital systems as well as community-based settings. During her time as a psychologist within the Department of Veterans Affairs, Dr. Montfort has worked within a residential women’s trauma unit, an outpatient Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Unit, a Substance Abuse Unit, and most recently a Women’s Health Center. One of the issues that presented itself repeatedly is postpartum depression, which spurred a desire for her to learn more. After having children of her own, Dr. Montfort became acutely aware of the need for greater awareness and support around perinatal distress. She is amongst the first professionals to become certified as a Perinatal Mental Health Specialist through Postpartum Support International.
Dr. Montfort is committed to providing treatment to culturally diverse populations, and has specialized experience treating postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, birth trauma, racial trauma, perinatal loss, infertility, and adjustment to motherhood. She believes that if we make space for both the highs and lows of motherhood, we set new moms up for a more balanced experience.
“I believe that regardless of one’s theoretical orientation, the most powerful intervention a clinician can bring to the therapy room is to show up as your authentic self, which creates the safety needed for vulnerability, introspection, and ultimately growth.”