compassion . support . healing


Creating a safe, open and compassionate space for all individuals ~ regardless of ethnicity, gender, economic status, disability, sexual identity, or religion.

My work with adolescents and adults focuses on

  • Finding balance
  • Strengthening resiliency
  • Discovering adaptive coping skills
  • Building self-esteem
  • Healing from trauma
  • 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 Experiencing, a method used for trauma healing.

Community Work
In addition to my private practice, I have provided services to the non-profit sector for the past two decades. Read more about my experience.


Rita Patel, LCSW, RPT

Education and Training  
 
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
(GA License CSW003336)

Master of Social Work,      
University of Georgia (2000)

B.S. in Public and  Social Services, 
Kennesaw State University (1995)

Training in Hakomi, Mindfulness
Based Somatic Psychotherapy, 
Hakomi Institute

Certified Laughter Yoga Leader,
Laughter Yoga International

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Teaching Certificate,  
Trauma Center at
Justice  Resource Institute

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification,
Etowah ValleyYoga

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Registered Play Therapist

Memberships

Association for  Play Therapy

National Association of Social Workers






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
  • Grief             
  • Family transitions
  • Behavior issues       
  • Bullying             
  • Self-esteem         
  • Trauma            


Through these gentle and creative methods, children are able to explore emotions, discover their strengths, and build coping skills.

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