Dr. Hemisha Patel Urgola

Hello there – thanks for taking the time to look at my profile! My name is Hemisha Patel Urgola, PsyD, and I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of New Jersey.  I hold a specialized Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology (2002) and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (2011).  When I sought out my professional degrees, I had two goals in mind with one overarching theme connecting both.  One, I have always wanted to work with criminal and forensic populations in order to treat the rehabilitative and assessment needs of individuals who were either fully incarcerated or getting ready to be released.  Two, I also always intended to open up my own clinical private practice in order to help everyday people talk out their here-and-now struggles or process more long-term, deeper-seated problems.  You may be asking yourself how the heck are these two goals even connected to each other!  Well, the answer lies in the values I hold towards a sense of community.  Both of my professional goals simply center around giving back to those around me.  One group of people may not realize that they need help, while the others are actively seeking me out.  Either way, I find my sense of purpose through my work, knowing that I could potentially be assisting someone in changing their life in impactful and meaningful ways.

Philosophy & Treatment Approach

Through my professional training and experiences, I have been fortunate enough to work across a wide context of settings, including high schools, outpatient mental health clinics, inpatient hospitals, prisons, and private practice.  In each of these settings, with this practice included, I rely on the use of evidence-based treatments.  In simpler words, this refers to psychological treatment approaches that have been proven to be effective through research and science in treating various psychological disorders.  Science + Psychology?? Some of you may wonder how the two even go together. Take a second and think about it from a medical perspective.  If you went to see your primary care physician for a stomachache, you would probably want her to treat you with medication that has been shown to be effective in treating stomach pains.  Not some medication that only works sometimes or is actually meant to treat headaches.  The same principle applies with your therapy sessions.  They should work.  Period.  Your time and money are valuable.  It is my responsibility to not only give you space to talk and process your concerns, but to also help you develop new ways of thinking (or maybe even “unthinking”) and relate this to the issues that are causing you distress.  This way, not only will you feel some relief in the moment, but you will be better prepared in addressing similar problems if they should arise again in the future.

 

All of the treatments that I provide are rooted in Cognitive-Behavioral Theory.  This type of theory focuses on the principle that your thoughts and feelings ultimately affect your behaviors. And when I say behaviors, I am referring to symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, and so forth.  Sometimes in our sessions, if your individual needs call for it, we would work on exploring how your unhealthy thoughts and feelings could be causing you psychological distress.  We would then make attempts to change your thinking process in order to trickle down changes to your feelings and, eventually, your behaviors or the distress that you are experiencing.  This is standard Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

 

In recent years, there has been a new “wave” of psychological treatments that focuses on changing the relationship you have with your thoughts rather than trying to change the actual thoughts.  In other words, this type of treatment says that your thoughts are not necessarily the problem; rather, the way you choose to allow these thoughts to control you is the real dilemma.  This type of therapy is called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  ACT involves a great deal of mindfulness, which is a buzz word in recent years.  In its truest sense, it means being present minded, with full awareness, and with no judgment.  Mindfulness basically is the way one changes their relationship with their thoughts.  Through collaboration, you and I would figure out together which of the aforementioned approaches is best for you (also, please know that there are many therapy variations that fall in between CBT and ACT – one of those may be best for you instead and this would be something we would discuss further in our sessions.  It’s just too much to get into right now for the purposes of this website).  You will not receive cookie-cutter treatment at The Mindful Practice. It is not a one-fits-all kind of process. I may have some broad principles in mind, but we will collaboratively figure out how they should be individualized to your strengths, needs, and skills.

 

Associations

  • Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
  • New Jersey Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
  • Association for Contextual Behavioral Science


402 Main Street Suite 214
Metuchen, NJ 08840

hemisha@themindfulpracticeofmetuchen.com
(732) 902-0233

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