BSS (Psych), BA Hons Psych, BSW, MSW, RSW
Niles Patel is a registered social worker (RSW) in Ontario & British Columbia and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Niles arrived in Canada 14 years ago from Zimbabwe & South Africa with a background in psychology and as a registered psychometrist in South Africa. In Toronto, he obtained his BSW (Bachelor of Social Work) from Ryerson University and completed his MSW (Master of Social Work) in Mental Health from the University of Toronto.
Niles uses an eclectic approach to his psychotherapy services drawn from integrating psychodynamic, emotion-focused, client-centred, narrative therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), trauma informed approaches, strength-based, brief solution focused practices with anti-oppressive and anti-racist frameworks.
He has worked with people who experience anxiety, depression, relationship issues, health-related psychosocial issues, including people who self-disclose as LGBTTIQQ2SA and those who experience academic and general life stresses. His multicultural counselling work entailed work in a highly diverse community with people from varied backgrounds and a variety of age groups, presenting with a range of difficulties and personal issues. In addition, he provided support in the areas of personal, family and social matters, including risk assessment, crisis intervention, problem solving strategies, outreach, referral and life coaching to individuals.
Niles is a volunteer therapist for walk-in counselling at Woodgreen Community Services which works specifically from a solution-focused, narrative and brief therapy framework. This work is supervised practice and includes a group consult for each session. At times counselling sessions are crisis related as individuals arrive in a walk-in capacity and require immediate assistance.
Niles is committed to ongoing upgrading of his clinical skills for example through the Hincks-Dellcrest’s Brief Therapy Year-Long Extern Training Program. This program provides training working with individuals, families and youth in brief, competency-based therapy perspectives including best practices from narrative therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, collaborative therapies and selected body-based practices.
Niles' prior work included:
- Telephone counselling including taking crisis calls
- A supportive housing/safe beds program for people coping with mental health, addiction and justice related concerns
- Research analyst on two supportive/supported housing projects for people who lived in shared and individual housing.
Registration number available for claims through insurance/benefit plans.
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