Natalie Montañez, ACMHC
“What I am is good enough if I would only be it openly.” – Carl Rogers
Drug & Alcohol Addiction
Process Addiction (Gambling, Pornography, Sex, Etc.)
Borderline Personality Disorder
LGBTQIA+ & Multicultural Issues
Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida
Member of American Counselors Association (ACA)
Psychological First Aid (PFA) Trained
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) Trained
Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Trained
LGBTQ+ Safe Zone Trained
Cultural Diversity Trained
Community Counseling, Mental Health Therapist (FL): Group Therapy, Family Therapy, Couples Therapy, and Individual Therapy – Children, Adolescents, & Adults
Adult Residential Treatment for Substance Abuse & Co-Occurring Disorders, Mental Health Therapist (FL): Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, and Family Therapy
Adolescent Residential Treatment, Substance Use Therapist (UT): Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, and Family Therapy
About Natalie Montañez
My passion for helping began at a young age as a youth group leader and peer-mentor. My passion for empathic and person-centered counseling led me to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and later a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida in 2016 and 2019.
My goal as a therapist is to help people develop a stronger understanding of themselves within a safe space and to discover the tools they’ll need to develop outside of the therapeutic relationship. Standing alongside my clients, it is my hope that the therapeutic relationship will leave them self-empowered, self-expressed, and living life powerfully.
I have a deep sense of commitment to honoring the dignity of all human beings. Prior to completing my graduate program, I thought this personal drive was steering me in the direction of working with incarcerated men. However, after serving people in a non-profit residential substance abuse setting, my path took an unexpected turn. I witnessed the healing power of recovery in addictions therapy. Addiction is an illness that can impact not only the person struggling with addiction but also those that love the person struggling with addiction. If you personally haven’t dealt with it, it’s likely that you have at least been personally impacted by it in some way. The hundreds of hours that I have spent sitting with and listening to people in recovery inspired me to dedicate my career to those struggling with addiction. It is my personal belief that each of us deserves to be valued and respected for our own sake—no matter our past.
When I am not at work, you can find me climbing rocks or skiing the slopes. I have a deep passion for adventure and the outdoors. I have found both to be a huge contribution to my overall wellness and life fulfillment.