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Urgent: We are pleased to introduce our new Rising Threes Preschool Program, designed for children who turn 3 years of age during the academic year. Before and after care available. Applications now being accepted.

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Priya Patel, MA, ALMFT

British International School of Chicago, South Loop | Private School Chicago

Guidance Counselor

British International School of Chicago, South Loop provides by far the most enriching environment I have been part of for both students and staff. The one-on-one atmosphere caters to each child’s strengths, fosters positivity and supports children to reach their fullest potential. Additionally, working in a setting with innovative individuals in a collaborative, enhancing manner is inspiring not only to the children but staff alike.

I grew up in sunny Southern California where I attended University of California - Irvine for my bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Psychology. I then pursed a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from a nationally recognized accredited program at Chapman University. From my nine years of educational and culturally diverse clinical experience, I have engaged in various crisis interventions, led various therapeutic groups, conducted parent psycho-educational presentations, and worked collaboratively with teachers, parents and outside resources.

I primarily utilize cognitive behaviorial therapy, solution-focused therapy, and selectively incorporate mindfulness techniques as these models aide in encouraging students and providing motivation. My professional interests include working with students and families from diverse backgrounds, conducting school-wide group therapy that covers topics related to student lifestyle (LBGTQ, social skills, stress management, etc.).

Outside of work, I like to travel and explore different parts of the world. Something about immersing oneself in a new culture cultivates excitement for me. I enjoy hiking, kayaking and taking long bike rides along Lake Shore Drive. Being a fairly newlywed, I attempt to be a cook, however when the experimenting fails, I find myself enjoying Chicago’s finest cuisines throughout the city. Being a foodie myself, I find pleasure in giving back to the community and enjoy volunteering for Greater Chicago Food Depository.