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    About Denise Montgomery

    Denise Montgomery is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from Queens, New York. Ms. Montgomery attended Virginia State University and Virginia Commonwealth University. She holds a bachelor's degree in social work and master's degree in social work from each university, respectively. Ms. Montgomery is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a nationally recognized Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor. Ms. Montgomery has provided clinical services to residents of the District of Columbia and Prince George's County, Maryland for over 20 years. She has worked effectively with agencies that services children, adults, and families. Ms. Montgomery's specialties include working with children who have been exposed to abuse, neglect, or are managing mental health issues. She also works with adults and families who are managing exposure to trauma, sexual assaults, and mental health concerns. Ms. Montgomery has specialized training experience in evidenced based social work modalities to assist families in achieving healthy lifestyle changes. Ms. Montgomery utilizes her experiences in working in urban communities for over 20 years to make therapy relatable, and practical for each client.

    Ms. Montgomery has collaborated with multidisciplinary teams such as Children's National Hospital, the DC Metropolitan Police Department, and various government agencies. Ms. Montgomery has served on the front lines to assist in advocating for change for marginalized communities. She has served as a Field Instructor for various institutions of higher learning such as the University of Maryland, Montgomery College, Walden University, and Howard University.

    My Education & Experience

    Specialized Trainings

    Ms. Montgomery utilizes a variety of specialized therapeutic interventions to assist families in addressing their mental health concerns. Ms. Montgomery has specialized training in the following areas:

    • African Centered Social Work
    • Brainspotting
    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
    • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
    • Gottman Family and Marital Therapy
    • Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT)
    • Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)
    • Intimacy From the Inside Out (IFIO, IFS)
    • Play Therapy
    • Somatic Experiencing (SE)
    • Trauma Systems Therapy


    • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT, Washington, DC)
    • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW, Washington, DC)
    • Licensed Certified Social Worker – Clinical (LCSW-C, Maryland)

    Anti Discrimination Statement

    Esteemed Families, LLC is an African Centered  mental health agency that proudly provides services to all people in need, regardless of their ethnicity, nationality, gender, race, religion, age or sexual orientation.