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
Addictions , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Depression , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Codependency , Communication Problems , Emptiness , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Forgiveness , Isolation/Loneliness , Life Purpose , Midlife Crisis , Mood Disorders , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Phobias , Women's Issues Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy
LPCC #CCMH0188671 (Expires: 2022-09-30)
LCMHC #14807 (Expires: 2022-06-30)
LPC #7593 (Expires: 2021-08-31)
I have spent many years working with various counseling and therapy services. It’s hard to find someone you click with and is the right fit. Amy was that person for me. She is so kind, positive, and is really intuitive. She is able to guide me in the way that helps me the most. We’re always trying new approaches to see what sticks and helps me along towards my goals. I’m a task oriented person, and I need to have steps and order to work through something. She was able to understand that after a few sessions, and now we’re incorporating some more hands on projects that are really opening up a whole new world for me in processing the things I’m working on. I cannot sing her praises enough. She’s really amazing.
Such a wonderful human! She’s truly provided such a safe space for me i couldn’t be more thankful!
Since I started counseling, lots of good changes have been happening in my life. I'm learning about myself every day.
Amy is very kind and considerate. She has helped me work through my confidence issues and become a more open authentic person.
I have been working with Aimee for about two years and she has offered a lot of mindful, practical, and purposeful ways to approach life. I have gotten so much from working with her I feel confident and more assured of myself.
Since signing up with BetterHelp Amy Bates has made me feel so much better, she is so kind and seems to know what I need to stay feeling stronger. I highly recommend Amy for a great counselor!
Amy is great!! She understands me and has so many useful tools she’s taught me. I highly recommend her!
Amy helped me reach a new breakthrough today I even cried which I'm not vulnerable with to many people nor do I like to cry in front of others. But, she helped me channel my grief and she is phenomenal. Never skips a beat.
Amy has been extremely helpful. I’m able to see things differently. I feel better and I want to continue this journey.
Amy is a wonderful and kind soul that truly and deeply cares about the people she helps. Having honest conversations with her and helped me so much and have placed me on a path towards a better and more full life
Amy is really engaging and listens very well. Her advise embodies compassion and self love which is everything I strive for.
Amy is someone with a great positive attitude always willing to listen and challenge your thinking. I have always felt encouraged after each conversation.
Amy is the best. I am so grateful for her guidance and her patient, thoughtful responses. I can't believe I've found someone so amazing to be a resource as I work through some areas of my life that need healing and focus.
She is very great and understanding
It feels like I’m talking to a friend who understands me more than anyone! Amy has been incredibly helpful in working through difficulties and creating a more positive mindset.
Amy is kind, courteous and extremely gracious. She listens with an open mind and heart, and quietly guides the way toward inner reflection through a variety of therapeutic exercises.
I’ve been talking with her off and on for a about a month now and I can say she honestly had a lot of answers for me in ways I never knew were so simple I’ve been feeling better with my anger it’s really toned down a lot and is getting better and also the verbal exercise she tells me to try out have been helping as well. She’s awesome!
Amy is amazing and really understands me and listens
I’ve been in counseling since I was young and Amy is by far the best I’ve had. She is exactly everything I want. She’s great.
Ms. Bates has helped me to look at things differently and to be more positive in my thoughts.. positive statements to keep telling myself. I really appreciate it.
I have greatly enjoyed my experience with Amy Bates. She is a wonderfully gentle nudge in the direction of my heart's desires; supportively acknowledging my personal goals and needs.
I've had sessions with work-sponsored/in-person EAP counselors at other moments of challenge in life, but I have to say that Amy Bates has far exceeded even the best experience with those in her field.
I feel supported, respected, and encouraged - three reasons that I feel many individuals turn to therapy/counseling.
I highly recommend Amy! Especially to those who are already on a set direction in life but require a little outside encouragement along the way or as they're working through a challenge in life.
Ms. Bates is Awesome. She's helped me realize that my depression takes time and that I won't be feeling helpless forever. She's here when I need her and she responds back to everything I write to her. I enjoy the worksheets she sends.
Amy Bates is an open, communicative, and empathetic counselor. I feel like her personal and professional approach is effective in meeting my needs.
This app is greatly impacting my life, i have help whenever it's needed. And I couldn't feel more safe and listened to
Amy Bates listens very actively to me and helps me piece together what I'm feeling into something that is very actionable. During my time with her, she has given me a toolkit for communicating my needs and has reminded me to be nice to myself!
I love the program with Amy.
Amy has made me feel completely comfortable to share my deepest emotions. While this platform for counseling is new to me, it’s nice knowing I can share my thoughts anytime I want and have a supportive ear on the other end.
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 is very polite and attentive. Her approach makes counselling less daunting and I’ve found her sessions have given me motivation.