Joseph “BJ” Montellano



BJ Montellano is a San Antonio native. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2018 and immediately entered the Masters of Counseling program at UTSA where he graduated in early 2021.

BJ spent more than two years working with Phoenix House Rehabilitation San Antonio (between 2018-2021), first as a Recovery Advocate and then as a Bilingual PRN counselor.

BJ completed an internship with Family Violence Prevention Services (FVPS) between 2020-2021, he had worked first with patients facing homelessness and addiction at the FVPS’ Haven for Hope campus. He then co-facilitated groups for perpetrators of domestic violence through the Violence Intervention Program (VIP program) of FVPS.

In the Spring of 2021, BJ responded to the crisis of record numbers of Unaccompanied Migrant Children (UCs) from Central America crossing the US-Mexico border. He worked as a Mental Health Clinician at the Emergency Immigration Shelter in San Antonio until its closing in early summer, from there he was transferred to California to work as a Case Manager reunifying UCs held at a California Emergency Immigration Shelter.

BJ’s approach to Counseling is part humanist part solution-focused. He believes it is important for a patient to connect with the therapist, uncover old wounds, and feel their way to healing. At the same time, BJ is quick to discuss goals and brainstorm solutions for healing and living a happier/more fulfilling life. Each approach is tailored to individual clients and draws from the wealth of experience BJ had gained helping the wide spectrum of people who sought counseling services from him: from teens seeking sobriety to fathers overcoming anger and choosing equality in their relationships.

BJ’s desire is to help people in the most difficult of situations overcome great adversity. He had witnessed human resilience in so many forms and strives to unlock the amazing potential that overcomes incredible odds in each one of his patients.

Joseph “BJ” Montellano
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