I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas with over 10 years of experience in the field of mental health working with children, adolescents, and adults in different capacities. The clients I have worked with have presented with a wide range of concerns including ADHD, depression, anxiety, anger management, relationship issues, family conflicts, self-esteem issues, parenting problems, academic problems, and substance use.
I have a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Master of Education in Student Affairs Counseling from Southern Arkansas University.
My counseling style is non-judgmental, genuine, and optimistic. Above all, I truly love the work that I do and I will do what I can to be helpful, even if that means connecting a client with suitable resources or referrals. My thinking is: “I feel that if I’m not being helpful, I’m not fulfilling my purpose.” My counseling approach involves Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Positive Psychology, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing techniques.
I think it’s great that you’ve chosen to take a step towards a better you and I would love to spend some time getting to understand more and discussing your counseling needs.
Colana Bates, M.Ed, MS, LPC-S, LCDCI
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Grief, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Body Image, Communication Problems, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
TX LPC 72476
Colana has really helped me during the most painful time of my life. She worked with me to deal with my trauma of being laid off and how it overflowed into my relationships. I like how we worked on intentionality and my ability to really challenge my catastrophizing thoughts, she has checked my wellness every week and asked me what I did good and what I can do better. She has given me assignments to help me refocus on getting back on my feet. I wouldn't be able to pull myself out of the pit of emotional/mental chaos if not for her help.
Written on Apr 22, 2022 after therapy with Colana for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse