About Rita Patel
I specialize in providing a holistic and integrated approach to concerns such as anxiety, depression, stress management, self-esteem, trauma, grief and loss, parenting, and relationship concerns.
I am trained in mindfulness-based approaches, somatic psychotherapy (Hakomi and Somatic Experiencing), play therapy, yoga, energy psychology, sandtray and art, as well as traditional cognitive behavioral therapy (including dialectical behavior therapy and exposure therapy). I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and adults.
With children, I use play therapy, sandtray, somatic experiencing and art to explore concerns such as anxiety, adoption related concerns, grief, family transitions, behavior issues, bullying, self-esteem, and trauma. Through these gentle and creative methods, children are able to explore emotions, discover their strengths, and build coping skills.
My work with adolescents and adults focuses on finding balance, strengthening resiliency, discovering adaptive coping skills, building self-esteem, healing from trauma, and discovering solutions for everyday challenges.
I continue to receive the latest training and skills. Presently, I am in the process of being trained in Somatic Resilience and Regulation, a method used for trauma healing.
In addition to my private practice, I have provided services to the non-profit sector for the past two decades.
- Victims of Sexual Abuse
- Victims of Domestic Violence
- Grief and Loss
- Prenatal/Birth Trauma
- Adults abused as children
- Complex PTSD
- Developmental Trauma
Psychotherapist and Play Therapist
LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), RPT (Registered Play Therapist)