Dr. Marcel Montanez

(Ph.D, LMFT)

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. I am happy to work with clients in any of the following methods:

-Asynchronous messaging
-Live messaging
-Video Sessions

If you are not sure what type of e-therapy would work best for you, we can work together to figure out what works well and fits into your lifestyle easily.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Depression

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship, Family, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related, Eating, Sleeping, Parenting, Anger, Career, Bipolar

Years of Experience: 6


LMFT #0188451 (Expires: 2018-09-30)


Written by V.I. on Oct 20, 2017 after counseling with Marcel for 4 months stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, intimacy-related, self esteem, and anger

I felt supported by Dr. Montanez in every step of my scary journey to take a very big and brave step after my life event. When I decided that the issues I face are more than you can handle alone, he is worked to put me on the path to better mental health in general. Its a work in progress, but I feel the difference and making a big step to a happier, healthier me with his help.

Written by P.L. on Oct 04, 2017 after counseling with Marcel for 2 months stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, and intimacy-related

I recommend Dr. Martinez wholeheartedly!

He has helped me to build confidence in myself in a time of need and was there for me. He was really kind and discreet and managed to present the problems in a different light.
Dr Montanez also, helped me to prepare for an upcoming change in my life, proved to be caring and pointed me some things that I hadn't considered. With his help, I will be able to move on with a clear head.

Written by S.U. on Sep 17, 2017 after counseling with Marcel for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, and self esteem

He has been kind, patient and supportive. I am very grateful for his common sense approach.

Written by J.A. on Sep 11, 2017 after counseling with Marcel for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, grief, and self esteem

Dr. Montanez is wonderful! I feel so blessed to have been assigned to him. He doesn't push me, but accepts me right where I am. He's always there when I need him. He has amazing insight into my struggles & has given me advice & tools to improve my life today as well as tomorrow. Thanks Dr. M!

Written by M.I. on Jul 23, 2017 after counseling with Marcel for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Dr Montanez has been absolutely fantastic! I feel he really spends the time to understand you and your whole situation. He is very insightful, understanding and non judgmental. I would highly recommend him!!

Written by F.A. on Jul 18, 2017 after counseling with Marcel for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, eating, sleeping, self esteem, anger, career, and bipolar

Dr. Montanez is very professional, and he really cares about your problems. I really recommend him.

Written by A.D. on Jul 18, 2017 after counseling with Marcel for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping, self esteem, anger, and career

One of my reasons for seeking counseling from BetterHelp was a need for guidance on some major life decisions that I need to make. Dr. Montanez has been really great in helping me to really hone in on the issues which were blocking my ability to make those decisions with a clear hear. He's great to work with and I look forward to working together in the future as I go through this transition!

Written by T.E. on Jul 05, 2017 after counseling with Marcel for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, grief, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, career, and bipolar

Dr. Montanez has helped me so much in just one month! He's help me draw lines and create boundaries. And he's helping me deal with some anxiety and stress that I have been carrying around! And the nicest thing that he's done, above those things, was just checking in on me when He hadn't heard from me for awhile. He took the time to check on me and asked me how I was doing. He told me that he was there whenever I needed to talk!

Written by M.A. on Jun 16, 2017 after counseling with Marcel for 3 weeks depression, relationship, intimacy-related, and anger

Dr. Montanez is practical and empathetic. He's provided me with compassionate support and helpful resources to make progress towards my goals. I've enjoyed how he gets right to the heart of things, lending perspective and thoughtful questions that get me thinking in new ways. I highly recommend him!

Written by A.W. on Jun 10, 2017 after counseling with Marcel for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger, and career

Dr. Montanez provided me with valuable support at a time that I needed it. He was able to help me with the right advice and tools that have been extremely useful for my recovery.

Written by M.A. on Jun 08, 2017 after counseling with Marcel for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Marcel is great! He gives helpful tools and listens to what you are truly saying and communicating.

Written by I.O. on Jun 05, 2017 after counseling with Marcel for 2 weeks addictions, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Dr. Montanez is extremely helpful, responsive, and kind. It was a pleasure working with him, and I am grateful for his help and I highly recommend his services to anyone going through a hard time.