Mary Montaldo, Ph.D.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapist

  • Anxiety & Trauma
  • Depression & Stress
  • Families & Parenting
  • Behavioral & School Difficulties
  • Ages: 3+ Children, Teens, Adults

Special Interests

  • Teens
  • Faith-based Concerns


  • Compassion Focused Therapy

Experience 6+ Years

Mary is a licensed psychologist who has returned to California after completing supervised experience in the state of Hawai’i. She is passionate about partnering with clients to overcome distress and supporting them to reach their full potential. Her thoughtful, personable use of CBT and strengths-based therapy will help you examine your thoughts, feel better, and ultimately change any unhelpful behaviors that result from stress, depression, or anxiety.

Mary received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific and her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with a Child and Family Emphasis from Palo Alto University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and participating in community faith-based activities.

What is a Licensed Psychologist (PsyD or PhD)?

Licensed Psychologists provide psychotherapy services for clients dealing with a variety of mental health issues or disorders. They are also trained in performing psychological assessments for conditions that are difficult to diagnose and many are engaged in teaching and research. Psychologists work in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to: hospitals, clinics, private practice, academic institutions, Veterans Affairs Health Care System, county clinics, corporations, etc.

Educational requirements

Psychologists are the only mental health professionals required to hold a doctorate degree.  Obtaining a doctorate degree requires 4-6 years of coursework, the completion of a dissertation project, and a predoctoral internship. Licensed Clinical Psychologists cannot prescribe medication – a function limited to Psychiatrists and other medical doctors. Normally, after obtaining the degree, Psychologists must fulfill a certain number of supervised postdoctoral hours (usually taking 1 to 2 years), and passing the national and state board exams.