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About Your Therapist

  • Shelly Bates, M.A. LPC-S
  • Trauma-Informed
  • EMDR Certified Practitioner
  • Brainspotting Certified & Consultant
  • Sound Healer Certified
  • EFT Tapping
  • Dancing Mindfulness
  • Visualization Cards
  • Sand Tray
  • Mostly creative

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 creating a calming, peaceful atmosphere that makes them feel safe and easier for them to share and sit with the hard stuff. 


I've also been told that folks don't feel judged and 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. 

I have a whole holistic vibe going on, so each session may not be the same. I am tuning in to you and my intuition as a guide. 

Confession... if we work together in person, I don't always wear shoes. I like to take my shoes off, wear a blanket, and sip on coffee, tea, or water. I'll encourage you to do the same.  Get comfortable.

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 transformation you deserve.

Ready to get started?

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