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"Gaining The Courage To Change"





Phyllis Montgomery, LCSW

Phyllis is the owner of Montgomery Counseling Center and has twenty years experience working with children, adolescents, individuals, and families.  Ms. Montgomery has extensive knowledge that addresses trauma-based issues.  She is a Registered Play Therapist, Supervisor, a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and has training in adoptions.  She has a vast knowledge of the court system and a reliable network of community resources. She also specailizes in couples therapy using Gottman Methods to: 

* Equip you with specific tools to enhance friendship and intimacy in your relationship.

* Empower you to productively manage conflict.

* Enable you to appreciate your relationship strengths.




Melinda Russell, LCSW

Melinda Russell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Masters of Social Work from Walla Walla College in 1998 and has been in the field of social work since 1995.  Melinda has been in private practice at Montgomery Counseling Center since 2001, and has an array of experience working with a variety of clients with many issues including sexual abuse, trauma, depression, anxiety, marital conflict, and parents who need guidance and support.  Melinda has taught at Northwest Nazarene College as an adjunct professor, and has been called upon as an expert witness within the 3rd and 4th Judicial Districts.

Melinda is a Gottman Method Couples Therapist who specializes in helping couples magnify
their friendship and intimacy with one another, manage conflict more productively, help identify
weaknesses, and encourage the appreciation of strengths within the relationship.






Michael C. Wilson, LCSW

Michael has served as an Administrator and Owner of various Developmental Disabilites Agencies for over 11 years. He specializes in working in family and community systems, children and adolescent issues, parenting approaches, the Developmentally Disabled population, and various addictions issues. Michael is an experienced individual, couples and family therapist.  He has a positive and a hopeful vision for individuals, children and families.




Janet Kibarabari Stellway, LCSW

Janet is a gradate of Northwest Nazarene University with a Clinical Degree in Social Work and is a Registered Play Therapist with the National Association of Play Therapy. She has worked with families here in the United States and also in Kenya for over 10 years and is experienced in providing counseling to adults, adolescents, and children with a variety of issues including domestic violence, sexual assault, depression, anxiety, and trauma. She is especially gifted in working with small children. Janet is also an adjunct professor at NNU in the Social Work Department.





Danielle Wayne, LCSW

Danielle is a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University with a Clinical Degree in Social Work. She has several years experience with both inpatient and outpatient work, working with a variety of clients experiencing trauma, depression, anxiety, psychosis, and other crisis. Danielle is also an EMDR therapist, and can offer this evidence-based therapy for a variety of people that she works with.  She has a love for video games, comic books, and Batman.






Rebecca Roth, LPC

Rebecca is a graduate of Bowie State University in Maryland and has a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology. Rebecca is an Army NG Veteran and was a military spouse for 24 years. She has several years experience working with children, adolescents and adults in different capacities. She works with clients ages 3 and up and she loves to do play therapy and art therapy with children. Her passion is working with children,  adolescents,  military members/veterans, and their families.





Jennifer Cochern, LCPC

*Experienced therapist  *EFT practitioner  *Energy healer

Jennifer is curious, passionate about healing and wholeness and deeply committed to personal power and self-awareness.  After 9 years as a professional counselor at an agency serving victims of abuse, Jennifer’s personal healing deepened.  She chose to step into the work of The Four Winds Society with Alberto Villoldo, PhD, to learn about shamanism, energy medicine and healing the light body.  This very personal work lasted three years and culminated in a 10-day spiritual pilgrimage through the Peruvian Andes.  Two more years of integrating energy work with her clients led her to EFT-tapping.

EFT, or emotional freedom technique, has been referred to as the place where East meets West.  EFT tapping is a powerful way to clear negative emotions through the human meridian and chakra systems.   Certain emotions can get stuck in the physical and energy bodies with memories of events from the past.  These memories often define beliefs that we hold and then determine our current actions.  Once the old emotions and connected beliefs are cleared, we can see ourselves and our choices more clearly and in a much more positive and loving way. 

Jennifer has studied with EFT master, Michael DeMolina, LPC and Gary Craig, the originator of EFT, to learn the foundations of EFT.  She has used EFT and energy work with many of her clients who experience the resolution of deep, core issues. 

Energy work and shamanism are based on the belief that we are deeply connected to nature, spirit and healing.  Jennifer’s practice comes from the traditions of the Laika, ancient South American shamans.  The foundational technique is called illumination and works directly with the chakra system.  Healing stones hold energy so that the client can safely let go of issues and heavy energies.  Illumination allows for a deep letting go of old stories and beliefs that no longer serve.  Illumination is a safe, relaxing process done in person or remotely and can shift personal and generational patterns that keep you stuck and blocked from being your truest self.

Jennifer has been writing about personal alignment for the past few years.  This work combines traditional counseling concepts with energy modalities to resolve core issues.  She has provided several workshops to community members on embracing the alignment model.  Jennifer is in the process of aligning her life by moving out to the country, raising farm animals, growing fields of hay, and gardening to her hearts content with her partner and best friend, Malcolm. 





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