about meg

I love the work of therapy and the incredible healing power of the therapeutic relationship and processes. I believe this is reflected not only in the relationships I have with clients but also in the sheer amount of time, resources and energy I put into honing my therapeutic skill. I actively maintain continuing education and believe it is important to stay on top of our ever-evolving understanding of the science and art involved in the process of therapy. I've been told that my enthusiasm shows through in my work with clients, so if you choose to share your time with me I hope you will feel valued, understood, and that your work with me is important. 

I earned my undergrad at the University of Washington, completed masters- and doctoral-level training at the University of Louisville, and interned at Portland State University. In addition to private practice, I have worked in a community mental health center in the impoverished rural south, a state-run inpatient hospital, and in university clinics. 

I have a strong background in research that is directly applicable to my work with clients. This includes scholarly work on romantic relationships, sex and sexuality, and gender identity. I have also conducted research to answer the question, "what makes psychotherapy effective - and how do we do it better?" in reference to both individual and relationship therapy. 

I am affiliated with tstar, a consulting group working to improve the lives of trans-identified people and other gender diverse populations.

I am in love with Seattle. 


publications and presentations

Manthos, M. (2016) Global and specific attachment patterns in romantic relationships: Distinct and interactional functions (Doctoral dissertation). University of Louisville, Louisville, KY. 

Shuck, B., Owen, J., Manthos, M., Quirk, K., & Rhoades, G. (2016) Co-workers with benefits: The influence of commitment uncertainty and status on employee engagement in romantic workplace relationships. Journal of Management Development, 35, 382-393.

Manthos, M., Owen, J., & Fincham, F. D. (2014). A new perspective on hooking up among college students: Sexual behavior as a function of distinct groups. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 31, 815-829.

Owen, J., Manthos, M., & Quirk, K. (2013). Dismantling study of prevention and relationship education program: The effects of a structured communication intervention. Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 336-341.

Owen, J., Fincham, F. D., & Manthos, M. (2013). Friendships after a friends with benefits relationship: Deception, psychological functioning, and social connectedness.  Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42, 1443–1449.

Owen, J., Quirk, K., & Manthos, M. (2012) I get no respect: The relationship between betrayal trauma and romantic relationship functioning.  Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 13, 175-189.

Owen, J., ManthosM., & Quirk, K. (2013, October). Communication skills training: Dismantling study of PREP. Symposium at 47th Annual Convention of Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Nashville, TN.

Owen, J., Strokoff, J., & ManthosM. (2013, October). Couple Therapy Workshop Level I: Introduction to Concepts and Skills (3.5 CE credits). Presented at the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY.

Manthos, M. (2013, July). Working with Trans* and Genderqueer-Identified Clients in an Inpatient Setting. Presented at Central State Hospital in Louisville, KY.

Budge, S., Barr, S., Katz-Wise, S., Keller, B., & Manthos, M. (2013, June).  Incorporating positivity into psychotherapy. Presented at the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

Barr. S., Stahl, A., Manthos, M., & Budge, S. (2012, November). “It means that there aren’t rules, and you don’t have to ascribe to a specific binary”: A qualitative investigation of genderqueer identity. Presented at the IMPACT LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference, Chicago, IL.

Manthos, M., Quirk, K., & Halford, T. (2012, March).  Listen to me: The relational benefits of structured communication skills. In Jesse Owen (Discussant), Learning to love: Impacts of alliance and content in couples’ therapy and relationship education.  Symposium conducted at the Great Lakes Counseling Conference, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN.

Halford, T., Manthos, M., & Quirk, K. (2012, March).  The role of alliance with racial/ethnic minority couples in relationship education. In Jesse Owen (Discussant), Learning to love: Impacts of alliance and content in couples’ therapy and relationship education.  Symposium conducted at the Great Lakes Counseling Conference, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN.

Quirk, K., Halford, T., & Manthos, M. (2012, March).  Impact of relationship distress on the therapeutic alliance in couple therapy. In Jesse Owen (Discussant), Learning to love: Impacts of alliance and content in couples’ therapy and relationship education.  Symposium conducted at the Great Lakes Counseling Conference, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN.

Keller, B., Fox, R., Manthos, M., Shuck, B., & Owen, J. (2012, March).  Coworkers with benefits: Romance in the workplace. Presented at the Spring Research Conference, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.

Owen, J., Manthos, M. (2011, November). Treating the commitment question: The couple therapy nobody talks about. In Integrative couples therapy.  Symposium conducted at the Kentucky Psychological Association Annual Convention, Lexington, KY.

Manthos, M., Owen, J. (2011, August). Hooking Up: Sexual Self-Schema and Predictors of Casual Sex Behavior.  Presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Manthos, M., Moore, J., & Quirk, K. (2011, April). Understanding clients’ sexual self-schema: The role of SSS and hooking up. In Jesse Owen (Discussant), No strings attached: What counselors need to know about friends with benefits relationships and hooking up experiences. Symposium conducted at the Great Lakes Counseling Conference, University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN.

Quirk, K., Manthos, M., & Moore, J. (2011, April). No strings attached: Friends with benefits & deception. In Jesse Owen (Discussant), No strings attached: What counselors need to know about friends with benefits relationships and hooking up experiences. Symposium conducted at the Great Lakes Counseling Conference, University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN.

Moore, J., Quirk, K., & Manthos, M. (2011, April). Can hooking up be good for you? In Jesse Owen (Discussant), No strings attached: What counselors need to know about friends with benefits relationships and hooking up experiences. Symposium conducted at the Great Lakes Counseling Conference, University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN.

Manthos, M., Schacht, R. L., & George, W. H. (2007, August). Sex Differences in Sex-Related Alcohol Expectancies and Sexual Sensation Seeking as Predictors of Condom Use. Presented at the annual meeting of the International Academy of Sex Research, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.