Hello! My name is Michelle Montgomery and it has been my passion for many years to create a community for first responders and essential workers who have struggled with trauma in the workplace.
I currently provide clinical and forensic services to clients who are incarcerated at Multnomah County Detention Center where I work as a Mental Health Consultant and have over 15 years of experience in the mental health field. I have worked with clients in a variety of settings which include Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare/ Psychiatric Security Review Board, the Department of Youth Services, New York City Criminal Court, Peace Health Emergency Department, MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility and at the Federal Defenders of New York where I also provided mitigation and re-entry services on behalf of my clients.
I am a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in the State of New York and currently hold my Clinical Social Work Associate (CSWA) certificate in the State of Oregon. I received my Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University with a minor in Law where I studied at Columbia Law School. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Literature from Chapman University.
When I began working with youth, who were returning from incarceration, in a group home setting, I noticed that a lot began to change with my mental and physical health. I began to experience panic attacks, insomnia (and yes) chronic constipation as a result of witnessing and managing traumatic events in the workplace. As I began my search for wellness I sought advise from numerous doctors and mental health counselors who placed me on medications with horrible side effects that did not address the core issues I was struggling with. Through that experience I found that I had to listen to my body and I switched to a clean diet.
Part of what helped me through this time was yoga, the mental and physical affects were astonishing to me and I began to study yoga as a means to assist myself and my clients with unmanageable mental pain. I am a certified Yoga Instructor through My Vinyasa Practice and in November I will be attending a 300 hour advanced yoga teacher training through Awakening Yoga Academy in Bali. My ultimate goal with my yoga training is to address how trauma lives in our bodies and therefore continues to affect our coping until it is addressed through movement.
It has been my passion for many years to create a community for first responders and essential workers who have struggled with trauma in the workplace. I also want to create a space for advocacy on behalf of essential workers.