I am an Art Therapist and Counselor experienced in working with individuals and families in a community mental health agency and private practice. I am also an adjunct professor teaching graduate level Art Therapy and Counseling.
I am currently licensed in North Carolina and New Mexico as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Nationally Board Certified, Registered Art Therapist.
From a holistic perspective, I honor your unique life journey while helping you find deeper meaning and greater balance in your life. I utilize traditional solution focused, evidence-based practices with a warm, positive, strength-based approach. While teaching practical skills for managing your immediate symptoms, I integrate the creative process, mindfulness and somatic-awareness to support you and help you gain insight and guide you toward the life you want to live.
I can help you clarify your goals, build on your strengths, recognize your obstacles, and find practical solutions for moving toward greater peace and happiness.
I look forward to joining you on this journey.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Intimacy-related issues
- Self esteem
- Coping with life changes
I also have experience in Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Depression, ADHD
LPCC #CCMH0188671 (Expires: 2020-09-30)
LPC #14807 (Expires: 2020-06-30)
Thank you so much for all your advice and help Amy. It has been invaluable and inspirational. Amy looks past all the muck and gets to the heart of the issue and makes you feel safe enough to talk about the “real” issue. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone.
Amy is wonderful. She is responsive, understanding, and supportive. Our conversations have been very helpful, very quickly. As an artist, I love the art therapy that she uses, and have found it to be particularly useful for reflecting and articulating things I’ve been dealing with. I would highly recommend Amy!
She listens to me and gives me different things to consider about any current problems I am facing. I'm grateful that she is helping me.
This has been a powerfully helpful experience for me in a time when I truly needed it. As a busy working mom, it’s hard to carve out time for myself. To have a trained counselor to bounce off of my schedule has been amazing. It’s giving me confidence and clarity in my own thinking.
Amy Bates is very responsive and is always coming up with new ideas to have me try to get to a better me.
I connected with Amy a couple of weeks ago. She is very responsive and attentive to what I say in our email communication. I appreciate that she understands the stage of life I find myself in and is helping me to better articulate and act upon ways to de-stress. As our counseling relationship continues, I see avenues where Amy will be extremely beneficial to my overall wellbeing.
Everything is good so far.
Amy and I connected almost immediately and I always look forward to our conversations. She helped me through one of my darkest hours and continues to build me up. It’s a joy to work with her and I would recommend her to anyone.
Amy helps you in a way that is not conventional. In the past few weeks, I have appreciated her approach.
Amy is very polite and attentive. Her approach makes counselling less daunting and I’ve found her sessions have given me motivation.