Once you have made the decision to seek help outside of yourself, that is one of the bravest steps anyone can make so I commend, admire, and welcome you! I see counseling as a journey where I meet you wherever you are (mentally, physically, and/or emotionally) and I have the privilege of walking alongside you through this journey. Every half-step, leap, or sprint is celebrated and acknowledged as we work together towards your goals and desires.
I have a Ph.D. In counseling and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. I have experience working with teens, adults, and couples in the fields of private practice, addiction treatment centers, university counseling centers, and non- profit organizations. My treatment modalities include cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy. I believe that making the decision to attend therapy is one of the bravest decisions anyone can make, and I would be honored to work alongside you. I specialize in conflict resolution, major life changes/decisions, communication, and listening skills for couples.
Currently, my office hours are Monday-Wednesday
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , ADHD Read more...
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LMHC #MH17967 (Expires: 2023-03-31)
I’ve had 3 sessions with Dr. Vanessa and they’ve all been incredibly eye opening! Our conversations definitely help me understand my experiences. 100% recommend Dr. Vanessa!
Dr. Montero is a wonderful counselor! She really listens, takes notes, and truly cares. She also assigns you homework and isn't afraid to be blunt with you.
She’s amazing and so helpful! I love her!!!
She is a great listener and v very insightful.
Vanessa has been an absolute blessing to my life. She is so real and I am incredibly grateful for her in her line of work and how she has helped me continue on the journey of life.
Vanessa is such a helpful therapist! I look forward to our meetings every week because she is so easy going. Pairing with a therapist can be uncomfortable but she makes it super natural and gives a feeling of security.
Although we have only just begun our sessions, I feel Vanessa has helped me considerably by giving different perspectives of my situation. I look forward to her help and guidance.
Vanessa makes me feel better about how I feel, she’s incredible at listening and understanding what the issues I want to work on are and she makes me feel safe/comfortable when we meet.
Vanessa is awesome! She has helped me so much.
I have really enjoyed working with Vanessa. She made me feel comfortable from the first session and talking to her is like talking to a close friend. Vanessa is great about checking in to make sure that she understands what my goals are and that we are continuing to work together on them. I truly enjoy our sessions and always feel in a better mental space after we finish talking.
She’s the kind of therapist that doesn’t make you feel like you’re talking to some random person, but rather a comfortable friend who’s so good at asking the critical questions and willing to let me talk and process my emotions/anger/past trauma. If I ever am in the need to seek counseling again, I will most certainly be looking for her!
Vanessa is the kind of counselor that I have always wish to find. I think it is important for me to have a younger latin woman as she is able to understand me better. She is great at isolating separate issues to tackle in my wild stream of consciousness, and it helps me think at things individually instead of being overwhelmed by everything at once.
Vanessa is awesome! She is very warm and supportive. I really appreciate her style and approach to counseling. I feel like I'm talking to a good friend who is able to provide feedback and guidance in a gentle way when needed.
well I just started talking to her not long ago but she's really good to talk to I feel comfortable talking to her
I love Vanessa, she has been such a help to me. She listens, understands, and gives me many different perspectives to help me process and move forward. I highly recommend her.
Vanessa is amazing! Attentive, laid back and makes it easy to talk about anything. Also like that she follows up with you and gives you things to work on. She keeps it real while not making you feel judged. I’m very happy to have her help.
Vanessa has been great so far in the few sessions we have completed together. She is very helpful and caring and even assigns me follow-up work to do, which I appreciate. I'm excited to keep working with her.