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Dr. Marcel Montanez, LMFT

Stress, Anxiety Grief Self esteem, Motivation Depression Coaching

About me


I am Dr. Montanez - a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). As a therapist, I enjoy helping clients work through and end emotional and psychological suffering. I work with a number of clients in a variety of areas. Some of the issues I specialize in include:

-Relationship Problems
-Career issues
-Low Self-Esteem
-Feeling Stuck in Life
-Dealing with Stress
-Surviving Divorce and Co-Parenting
-Fighting with Family Members
-Dealing with Difficult Co-Workers
-Grief and Loss
-Parenting Stress
-Difficult Relationships with Friends
-Problems With Your Love Life
-Feeling Good About Yourself

Through active listening and thoughtful analysis, we will work together to gain control over your emotional well-being. I offer compassionate guidance that focuses on finding your strengths. Together we will work on building confidence, tranquility, and peace in your life. You will experience a personal relationship with a dedicated professional who cares about your well-being. I will engage you in a conversation that focuses on your health, happiness, and hope for the future. My primary modality for therapy is Solution Focused Brief Therapy. However, I often employ methods from Psychoanalytic, Cognitive-Behavioral, Bowenian, Structural and Strategic therapy. Within all of these therapies, I place a great deal of importance on learning to treat one's self with self-compassion.

The quality of the relationship you have with yourself is the best predictor of your satisfaction with life. How you treat yourself directly affects how happy you are. Together, we will learn to make your healthiest relationship be the one you have with yourself.

On a personal note, I am the father of twin boys and have been married for 10 years. I love animals and especially horses and dogs. I enjoy mountain biking and hiking and try to get outdoors as much as possible. When I am not working in my private practice I am busy at my other job as a professor at New Mexico State University where I am an Associate Professor in Marriage and Family Therapy.

If you are new to online therapy, do not worry. I am patient and can walk you through all of the options you have available to you.

Professional experience

10yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Grief Self esteem, Motivation Depression Coaching

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy

Services offered


License information

NM LMFT CMF0188451


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. Marcel Montanez. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

I enjoyed talking to him!

Written on Mar 26, 2020 after therapy with Marcel for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Empathic, intelligent, accommodating and checks in regularly. Has been a strong and steady source of support for me.

Written on Apr 25, 2019 after therapy with Marcel for 1 year and 5 months

Checks in regularly and has been a good support these many months. Appreciate having him to talk to.

Written on Mar 12, 2019 after therapy with Marcel for 1 year and 4 months

Dr. Montanez is an empathetic and experienced counselor, who has been great for providing us couples counseling during a stressful period. He has given us great tools in our first month of therapy that have already helped us make positive changes in our communication and conflict resolution with each other.

Written on Nov 16, 2018 after therapy with Marcel for 2 weeks

I've only recently started this, but Dr. Marcel Montanez is amazing and insightful into very difficult mental health conditions which cause really bad emotional states. He manages to pick up exactly what is happening to me even though we are only doing it by online contact and he only has the small amount of info I put in my worksheet. He also has some very helpful suggestions as to how to attempt to move forward beyond the current things which are "bogging me down".

Written on Oct 11, 2018 after therapy with Marcel for 1 week on issues concerning depression, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Although I haven't been using this service very long, I find Dr. Montanez to be very genuine, kind and helpful. It is clear that he truly wants to help people. He was very consistent in responding to my messages, and he also diligently followed up with me if I hadn't been active for a few days. I have had a very good experience in the short time I have been using BetterHelp.

Written on Oct 10, 2018 after therapy with Marcel for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and bipolar disorder