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Gilynett Montanez

Gilynett Montanez


4 years of experience
70 New Canaan A...

Hi there! My name is Gilynett Montanez and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Connecticut. I received my Masters from Fairfield University and have been practicing for 4 years. I help adolescents and young adults struggling with anxiety, OCD, and who have been impacted by trauma so that they can conquer their challenges and become the best versions of themselves.

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

The most important element of a first session is to create a collaborative space where you feel heard and understood. In our first session together, we will start with introductions, allowing you to share what you are comfortable with. We will then dive into the specific challenges that you are currently facing. This will allow us to develop a goal for us to work towards in follow-up sessions.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

As a provider, my greatest strength is building rapport and trust with clients. I create a safe and supportive space where they feel comfortable opening up about their struggles, which is imperative to create positive change.

About Gilynett Montanez

Licensed in


70 New Canaan Avenue, Norwalk, CT, USA


Virtual & in-person

My treatment methods

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

I have been utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, and trauma for the past four years. CBT allows individuals to gain self-awareness of their unhelpful thoughts that are getting in the way of feeling calm and being the best versions of themselves. Helping individuals identify these negative thought patterns empowers them to conquer them and develop healthier coping mechanisms.

Exposure Response Prevention (ERP)

Using Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) has helped many of my clients who struggle with anxiety, OCD, and PTSD by helping them safely confront their triggers, allowing them to understand and accept that their most feared outcomes won't happen. The purpose of exposure is to learn what happens in a situation when individuals don't avoid and/ or engage in a ritual. This reduces their anxiety and allows them to live more fulfilling lives.