Meenal Patel, Licensed Professional Counselor When we are listening to someone talk, we sometimes tend to day dream and not listen to what they are saying due to many reasons. We tend to get bored, or…Read More
Licensed Professional Clinical & Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QMHP) with a Master’s degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Prior to obtaining my Master’s degree, I worked in childhood education for about 7 years in Georgia, developing my interests in helping others better manage their stressors and improve their quality of life.
I am compassionate and understanding psychotherapist who is dedicated to helping you through your daily struggles that might be interfering with your life. My main focuses (and not limited) includes working with anxiety disorders, depression, motivational interviewing, substance abuse, and addiction. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered Approach, and Narrative therapy primarily but also bring in other techniques to help each individual. I have been trained in SMART Recovery to help clients that might be struggling with addiction issues. I have experience working with the LGBTQIA++ community and identify as female by using she/her/hers pronouns.
Post-graduation, I have had the pleasure to work in community mental health settings, in-patient and outpatient settings, and also residential in varying roles that have made me more experienced. I’m able to support individuals (youth, adults, and elderly) and families while utilizing an integrative and collaborative approach. I thrive on helping individuals and families to build skills and values that will help them throughout their lives.
I work with my clients with an open-mind and support them throughout what they might be dealing with in the present, past or future. My work focus is through an evidence-based practice, while also allowing clients to help with their own therapeutic approach in helping better themselves while also meeting the client at where they are at.
In my spare time, I enjoy traveling the world and also exploring our great city of Chicago. Learning about new theories and expanding my knowledge is also something that I really enjoy. Discovering different cultures has been a passion of mine that continues growing daily. I enjoy playing and watching sports (especially tennis and football).
“All great achievements require time.” -Maya Angelou