Dr. Vidisha Patel is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a doctorate in Counseling Psychology and practices as a therapist in Sarasota, FL. She specializes in the problems of young children and adolescents and frequently works with parents as well. In addition to being a certified facilitator of SENG Model Parent Groups, Dr. Patel is licensed to teach stress management techniques through the Institute of Heart Math.
Dr. Patel is active in the local community. She regularly works with pregnant and parenting teens at Cyesis, a school for pregnant and teenage mothers in Sarasota County. She has been providing dyadic therapy, parenting skills, and emotional support to teen parents for over fourteen years.
Dr. Patel served on the international Board of Directors for SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) for six years three of which were spent on the Executive Board as the Chief Finance Officer. Her work with SENG complements her work with gifted children in Sarasota County. As a consultant to Girls Incorporated of Sarasota, Dr. Patel provided therapeutic interventions with pre-adolescent girls and advice on behavioral and relationship issues between such children and their families.
She was the Chair of the Health Committee of the Sarasota County Medical Society Alliance in which capacity she helped integrate relevant health care issues into the local community. One such issue involved the prevention of violence amongst children in the Sarasota community.
Dr. Patel regularly speaks at conferences, schools, and parenting groups throughout the community and the state. She has consulted for Florida State University as a trainer of primary caregivers on infant mental health. Additionally, Dr. Patel has volunteered her time with a community advocacy group supporting the social and emotional needs of teen parents in the Cyesis Program.
Dr. Patel brings a rich experience of business and education to her current field of work. She obtained an undergraduate degree from Williams College, MA (with a major in Art History and Asian Studies) and a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University, NY, with a specialty in Finance and International Business. Her Doctorate in Education in counseling psychology was received from Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida.
Dr. Patel’s professional affiliations have covered a wide range of institutions over the past 20 years and include the World Association of Infant Mental Health, the Zero to Three Society, Sarasota County Medical Society Alliance, the Florida Medical Alliance, the Pine View School Board of Directors, the Student Advisory Council for Cyesis, the Riverview High School Foundation Board of Directors, and the International Board of Directors for SENG.
She lives in Sarasota with her husband and has two children.