Reshma Patel, MFTI
Marriage and Family Therapist Intern
Supervised by Ernest Schmidt, LCSW & Lisa Macedo, LMFT
- Anxiety, OCD, Panic, and Phobias
- Depression & Stress
- Behavioral Challenges & Parenting
- Ages: Teens & Adults
- Location: San Jose
- Behavioral Interventions
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Reshma is an engaging and welcoming therapist who is willing to meet each client’s unique and individual needs. She believes each individual has inherent strengths and attributes which can sometimes be overlooked. Reshma will identify and highlight natural strengths whilst employing therapeutic techniques in order to support each client towards reaching their goal. She takes pride in fostering empowerment and sustained success.
Reshma’s training and knowledge in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) will serve her clients well and will be used in creative ways, which meet each client’s personal style and presenting concerns. She has experience working with children, teens, and adults and has found great success through the use of behavioral interventions, which match the pace and comfort level for each individual.
Reshma’s therapy style is rooted in compassion, curiosity, mindfulness, multiculturalism, and at times laughter. When she isn’t working you will likely find her outdoors, exploring a new land, or in the ocean surfing!
Reshma received her Bachelors degree, with honors, from UC Santa Cruz, and a Masters in Psychology, Magna Cum Laude, from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is currently a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern under the supervision of Ernest Schmidt, LCSW, until she obtains license later this year.
What is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)?
Marriage and Family Therapists are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy with a family systems influence, and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders that affect individuals, couples, and families. The Federal government has designated marriage and family therapy as a core mental health profession along with psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing. The State of California support and regulate the profession by licensing MFTs.
Marriage and Family Therapists have graduate training (either a masters or doctoral degree) in counseling psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. Prior to a rigorous exam process leading to licensure, LMFTs must complete at least 3,000 hours of post-graduate clinical experience under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional. LMFTs are employed in a variety of private and public settings including private practice, community mental health centers, and behavioral managed care organizations.
Do LMFTs only work with clients who are having problems in their marriages and families?
No. While LMFTs are qualified to do couples and family therapy, most LMFTs work with individual adults to not only enhance the quality of their relationships, but also decrease symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress.
How can a LMFT help me?
Like other mental health professionals such as social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists, LMFTs help clients by diagnosing and treating common emotional and behavioral difficulties that interfere with functioning at an optimal level. LMFTs use empirical-supported counseling techniques to help their clients achieve desired goals.