Michele  Conklin Montrone

Michele Conklin Montrone

Registered Art Therapist, ATR Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT

Accepting new clients for daytime, afternoon, & evening appointments in Westwood practice (updated July 29, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Couples counseling
  • Artists' mental health
  • College & graduate student mental health
  • Perfectionism

Professional statement

Michele Conklin Montrone is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
and Registered Art Therapist in West Los Angeles. She welcomes both
individuals and couples to her practice, which focuses on using a creative
and integrative approach to heal from trauma, strengthen relationships,
and decrease the daily impact of stress and anxiety. Michele also holds a
special place in her practice for creative professionals, supporting them to
overcome the mental blocks that stand in the way of pursuing career
goals and feeling more satisfaction in their lives.

In addition to traditional talk therapy, Michele draws from expressive and
mindfulness-based approaches to help clients deepen the mind-body
connection and remain grounded in the present moment. Michele is
experienced in using EMDR, an evidence-based treatment that facilitates
the release of traumatic experiences, from single-incident to developmental trauma. Sessions might also incorporate relaxation exercises, art-making, or meditative practices.

With couples, Michele focuses on experiential approaches to help partners learn to listen with compassion and foster more positive patterns of
communication. She is particularly attuned to how the presence of a
trauma in one or both partners’ lives might be affecting the relationship.

Michele’s style is flexible, collaborative, and tailored to each client. She
brings to the work an unfailing belief in each individual’s inner resilience
and innate wholeness. Together, she supports clients to move beyond
painful experiences of the past, tune in to their own true voice, lead with
their strengths, and make decisions rooted in their core values.

Michele holds a Master’s Degree in Marital and Family Therapy with a
specialization in Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University
and a Bachelor’s degree from New York University.


Message to clients

I believe therapy is a place to explore challenges, connect with feelings, better understand patterns and relationships so you can create the life you want. Therapy is one of the rare places you can do that in a completely safe space and in the presence of someone who is committed to being on that path with you. 


Specialties

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Artists' mental health - Understanding of highly creative minds; goal setting related to the artistic and creative process; support finding meaningful balance in one’s life

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression

Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Michele Conklin Montrone is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $175 - $200
  • Initial session: $200 (50min)
  • Longer ongoing sessions: $275 (80min)

Therapist's note

Michele can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Location(s)

Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Westwood practice

1554 South Sepulveda Boulevard

Suite 204

Los Angeles, CA 90025

Hours

  • Mon 2:00pm-6:00pm
  • Tue 12:00pm-9:00pm
  • Wed 11:00am-9:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private practice, 2014 - Present
PCH Treatment Center, Trauma Therapist, Groups & Individuals, 2018 - Present
Private Practice Registered MFT Intern, 2013-2014
Southern California Counseling Center, Registered MFT Intern, 2010-2013
Loyola Marymount University, MA, Marriage and Family Therapy with Specialization in Clinical Art Therapy, 2010


Languages

English


Therapy Groups

Michele  Conklin Montrone
Coping With COVID & College Age Kids: An Online Therapeutic Support Group for Parents

This group is a safe space for parents of young adults to step out of their care-taking roles and focus on their needs while also receiving support on how best to help their children navigate the disruption in their lives.