Since as far back as I can remember, I was one of those people who had an imaginary couch attached to their wrist, like a dog on a leash. In school, students and friends sought me out to help them with their problems.


One thing I did was keep it real. I was a straight shooter, so there were times when they didn't get the response they were looking for, but they trusted me. They knew it was genuine and came from a good place.

Sometimes they were looking for ways to get out of trouble (yes, I said it), or how to solve their personal and relationship woes.


I literally would say, "pull up a couch," or they would ask, "Can I lay on the couch?" We laughed about it, but most of the time they walked away with a plan, could see the bigger picture, and overall felt better about themselves.

Who knew I was practicing and preparing for my purpose?

What's it like working with me?

People tell me I have a way with create a calming, peaceful atmosphere that makes them feel safe and easier for them to share the hard stuff. 


I've also been told that folks don't feel judged, that they feel understood. Heck, I've had strangers tell me they feel like they want to sit with me and tell me all about their problems. I guess I give off that vibe. 

 I am creative, and sometimes that means we can gain insight from some unusual and uncommon things during sessions.

Confession...I don't always wear shoes during session. I like to take my shoes off, and I'll encourage you to get comfortable too.

I like to use humor when it's appropriate. Don't get me wrong - I am serious about what I do, but sometimes laughter can be pretty powerful.

It is my life's mission to help you experience the healing transformation you deserve.

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Other Nuts and Bolts about Me

Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (2015) 


Licensed Professional Counselor (Texas License #75878) 

Clinical experience:

  • Non-profit agency providing in-home community based services

    • In-office counseling

  • Private Practice Counselor

  • Public speaking engagements regarding Domestic Violence, and Depression and the Entrepreneur


  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

  • Dynamic Mindfulness

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Therapy Approach: EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness

Favorite population: Working exclusively with young adult women. We are special in our own right! And we ROCK - yes, I said that!

My calling and conviction come from a place of compassion and empathy that compels me to reach out to help others achieve transformation into freedom and grace. In other words, I was born for this!

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    Butterfly Effect Counseling & Consultation Center

    Shelly Bates, M.A., LPC BSP-CIT

    EMDR Certified

    Brainspotting (BSP) Practitioner

    Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator

    1202 Richardson Drive

    Suite 310

    Richardson, Texas 75080

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