About Dr. Montague

Curriculum vitae

I believe people on the spectrum experience a form of cultural oppression where they constantly receive the message that they're not good enough the way they are. Although I'm a neurotypical, I have had years of clinical experience and psychological training focused on learning about the life of someone with ASD, and the people I have worked with have taught me even more. I have come to understand the profound emotional suffering someone with ASD experiences, and the role that social isolation and cruelty has had on one’s desire to have social relationships, and ultimately the loneliness, depression, anxiety, and the pain of not getting it right.

Suffice it to say that as a granddaughter of a Polish Catholic holocaust survivor I understand deeply the the concept of otherness, and the pain people experience when one way of being is valued over another.

Many of the adults that I have worked with have had previous experiences with mental health and medical professionals that have been painful, and often they leave the interaction feeling misunderstood or judged. For many, they have lived their lives undiagnosed or misdiagnosed and have had difficulty understanding their own behavior, thoughts and feelings as well as their interactions with the social world. I sympathize with this struggle and it is my hope that your experience with me will be different.

Education and experience

  • Bachelor's Degree (BS) in Psychology - Ball State University
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Child, Couple and Family Therapy - Antioch University Seattle
  • Doctorate of Clinical Psychology (PsyD) - Antioch University Seattle
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate - Antioch University New England

I completed my Doctoral pre-internship at the University of Washington CARE clinic, where I gained experience working children, adolescents and adults with ASD and their families. Through this work I noticed how the many of those I worked with suffered some form of trauma, and the effects of this trauma in combination with neurological differences were manifesting in my clients lives in such a way that it furthered their daily suffering, social isolation and affected their desire and ability to engage with others. It became clear that the social world of neurotypicals (NTs) was confusing, anxiety provoking, and seemingly unfair and cruel for my clients with ASD.

Motivated to further understand how relational trauma impacted the lives of my clients, I pursued a Doctoral Internship at the Fremont Community Therapy Project, a clinic that specializes in trauma. Throughout this time I continued to observe that human beings suffer, and heal, in relationship. I saw the beauty and pain in human connection and began to understand that many people on the spectrum desire social relationships, yet the trauma and pain of past experiences inhibited their expression of these desires and ultimately their motivation to seek out human relationships.

Professional affiliations

  • American Marriage and Family Therapy Association - Clinical Fellow
  • American Psychological Association - Full member
  • Autism Society of America - Actively seeks to contribute psychological research that is relevant to people with ASD on the state and regional levels