Jeremy Montemarano, Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas

Jeremy Montemarano, MA, LPC

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If you change nothing, nothing will change. Let's work together to recognize the issues, identify the problems, and get to work on making the cognitive and behavioral changes that will make a difference in your life. A range of counseling and psychotherapy services are available for you at Prisma. Whether you are seeking individual, couple's/marital/pre-marital, or family therapy, Prisma is ready to provide and deliver an individualized and comprehensive treatment package that is focused on your unique needs.

I am a Clinical Psychotherapist specializing in treating Mood Disorders, with a special focus on Depression- and Anxiety-related disorders and symptomatology. As a graduate from The University of Notre Dame's Clinical Psychology program, I continue an adherence in my practice to the scientist-practitioner model under which I was trained. As my client, I strive to provide you with evidence-based and empirically supported treatments that have a proven record of efficacy and effectiveness in both laboratory and clinical research settings respectively. Clients receive unique and individualized treatment plans that are personally tailored to meet your specific needs.
My theoretical orientation is primarily cognitive-behavioral in nature, and I work with adults, children, adolescents, and families who are suffering with mood/emotional disorders or family dynamic issues. Symptoms associated with these disorders often have significant effects on interpersonal relationships. Therefore, improving relational issues is important for successful outcomes. While specializing in Mood Disorders, I also treat Behavioral and Personality Disorders. Additionally, I see clients suffering with Adjustment- and/or Trauma-related Disorders. I am also a Certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator and provide premarital and martial counseling through this assessment and counseling program. I look forward to working together!

MY APPROACH & THEORETICAL ORIENTATION

There are certainly no shortage of mental health professionals from which a potential client might choose to seek help. Research suggests that there are a number of factors that appear to consistently impact the degree to which Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – or ANY therapy – can be successful. Of these factors, a significant commonality that seems to cut through most individual characteristics of either the client or therapist is what is known as the "therapeutic relationship". That is, when all is said and done, the client's reported perception and experience of the quality of the client-therapist relationship is one of the most significant predictors of overall client outcome. Therefore, when choosing a therapist to deliver counseling and psychotherapy, it is critical that you seek someone with whom you feel you can build a respectful and trusting relationship. While you are here, take the opportunity to find out more about not only WHAT Prisma can offer, but also about WHO Prisma is to you. When choosing a counselor or psychotherapist, remember that you are choosing someone with whom you are entrusting your mental health and overall well-being. Therefore, it is also important that you seek a mental health professional who is able and willing to dedicate their practice to providing therapeutic treatments that have been established by strong foundations in psychological theory and established and proven through scientific research. Therapy treatments that fit these criteria, and have been developed for a specific issue using a specific treatment, are known as "empirically supported treatments". This is exactly what you will receive at Prisma. While an eclectic approach is adhered to at Prisma, a heavy focus on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is employed when designing individualized treatment plans.

WHAT IS COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT)?

Cognitive behavior therapy is one of the few forms of psychotherapy that has been scientifically tested and found to be effective in hundreds of clinical trials for many different disorders. In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is usually more focused on the present, more limited in duration, and more problem-solving oriented. In addition, patients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. These skills involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors.

WHAT IS THE THEORY BEHIND COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT)?

Cognitive behavior therapy is based on the cognitive model: the way we perceive, interpret, process, and/or feel we understand and experience situations (i.e., our thoughts); influences how we feel emotionally. How we feel emotionally (i.e., moods) subsequently influences our behaviors. For example, one person reading this website might think, “Wow! This sounds good, it’s just what I’ve always been looking for!” and feels happy and comforted. Another person reading this information might think, “Well, this sounds good but I don’t think I can do it.” This person feels sad and discouraged. This simplistic example shows us that a given situation itself does NOT actually determine how we feel emotionally in response to the situation/event. Rather, our thoughts in and about that situation affect our resulting emotions/moods. When people are in distress, their perspective is often inaccurate (i.e., distorted) when tested by evidence in reality, and their resulting thoughts may therefore be based on inaccurate cognitive processing or otherwise unrealistic. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps people identify their distressing thoughts and evaluate how realistic the thoughts are. Then they learn to change their distorted thinking. When they think more realistically, they feel better. The emphasis is also consistently on solving problems and initiating behavioral changes.

WHAT ARE ESSENTIALS COMPONENTS OF COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT)?

Cognitive behavioral therapists use a different formulation for each disorder or mental health related issue. This issue-based, adaptable formulation conceptualizes the individual patient, whom is an essential component to developing a strong therapeutic relationship, setting goals, planning treatment, and selecting interventions. Building trust and rapport with patients from the moment of initial contact, demonstrating accurate empathy, sharing the conceptualization with the client (and making sure it “rings true” for the client), and collaborating are also essential. Another important part of every therapy session is helping clients identify and respond to inaccurate or unhelpful ideas. The basic question to ask when a client is reporting a distressing situation, emotion, or dysfunctional behavior is: “What is going through your mind right now? and, What was the situation, and what thoughts were going through your mind right when the distressing emotion(s)/mood(s) were felt? ” Once we help clients identify their dysfunctional thinking, we can help them gain more adaptive and accurate perspectives, especially by helping them examine the validity and usefulness of their thoughts based on actual evidence rather than cognitive distortions. We also help them design behavioral experiments to test the accuracy of their predictions via in vivo exercises.

HOW DOES COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT) HELP IN THE LONG RUN WHEN COMPARED TO OTHER TREATMENTS?

At each therapy session, we work together to specify the problems you have encountered during the week or that you expect to encounter in the current week. Then real-life data is collected from you to identify the ideas and behaviors that have interfered with your ability to solve distressing problems/issues on your own. This process gets clients engaged in deciding where to start working. Together, we develop an “action plan” or homework for clients (to do during the week) to implement solutions to problems or to make changes in their thinking (cognitions) and actions (behaviors). Through this process, clients can begin to recognize that the way to get better is to make small changes in how they think and what they do every day. When treatment ends, clients are able to use the very same skills and tools they have learned in therapy as they realize that the skills can be adapted and translated to their day-to-day lives.

COUNSELING & PSYCHOTHERAPY SERVICES

Whether you are seeking individual therapy, couple's counseling, or family counseling, Prisma rates are all the same. Regardless of how many clients are in the room (there is an exception for group counseling when available and any off-site visits) at one time, Prisma rates are $135/hour. Clients are usually seen for 1 hour/week, but appointments can be increased/decreased as needed.

DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES

Whether you are in need of a forensic assessment, an evaluation for school or university, diagnosis for disability eligibility, or any other need, Prisma has you covered. Prisma employs the profession's gold standard, SCID-5-CV & SCID-5-PD, to arrive at a complete and accurate diagnosis. Appropriate accompanying measures are also administered as needed to provide context to the complete diagnostic picture.

CONSULTING SERVICES

Have a difficult client or patient (waivers required)? Need clinical insight on a case? Need a management strategy for an unusual HR situation? Want a fresh pair of professional eyes and perspective to be provided? Need a guest speaker to provide insight on a wide variety of psychological issues? Prisma is perfectly structured and ready to meet your needs.

SCIENTIST-PRACTITIONER MODEL

A product of 8 years of post-graduate education to include years at Drexel University, Villanova University School of Law, and University of Notre Dame, Jeremy A. Montemarano, M.A., LPC has molded his practice based on his experience as a researcher and internationally published author. Research informs practice and practice informs research. In the mental health field, all too often a gap is found between the work presented in research journals and the work performed in the therapists' office. At Prisma, the practice always strives to bridge the gap between the work performed in academia and the work performed in practice.

Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Betrayal Trauma
  • Bipolar & Other Mood Disorders
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Bullying
  • Custody Evaluation
  • Depression
  • Divorce & Separation
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief & Loss
  • Hoarding
  • Law Enforcement/First Responders
  • Men's Issues
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Oppositional/Defiant Behavior
  • Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
  • Personality Disorders
  • Pet Loss
  • Pre-Marital & Marital Issues
  • Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Injury
  • Sex And/Or Pornography Addiction
  • Sex Offenders
  • Spirituality
  • Sports Performance
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Suicidality
  • Trauma & Ptsd
  • Violence

Therapy Types

  • Acceptance And Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$100.00 - $135.00
Sliding Scale
No
Pay By
Cash, Check, Paypal, Venmo, Zelle, Credit Card, American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
5
License(s)
License #
state
Licensed Professional Counselor
76402
Texas
Board Certification(s)
Texas Behavioral Executive Council
Professional Certification(s)
Organization
Date
PREPARE/ENRICH Facilitator
PREPARE/ENRICH Premarital & Marriage Assessments
2017
Graduate School(s)
Degree
Year Graduated
University of Notre Dame
MA
2011