I am licensed in Indiana, Maine and New Jersey with 23 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with family conflicts, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Blended Family Issues, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hoarding, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
ME LCSW LC22065
NJ LCSW 44SC06202200
IN LCSW 34007676A
Before BetterHelp, I'd worked with several therapists,, all of whom made me feel that once of overcome specific issues/circumstances that I was healed. So, when I started working with Felicia, I had no idea what to expect. After only three months, I experienced the most profound transformation of seeing myself through lens of my past or through the eyes, feelings and needs of others; to standing firmly in who I am and all of the things, circumstances, and people that helped shape me, all while releasing myself of any and all that no longer serves me.
Through understanding and an unrelenting positive spirit, Felicia challenges me to stay grounded in what benefits me; allowing me to see myself and to move in both grace and exceptionalism. She helps me to give language to both my pain and my truth, making space for me sit in each instead of skirting them. I absolutely love that Felicia celebrates me every step of the way even when I don't see the growth she does. Her vibrance, humor, and straightforward nature is the perfect compliment to anyone looking to get out of their own way to become their better self.
Seven months later, I look forward to every session because I know this growth journey with Felicia by my side will be more rewarding than even I can imagine!
Written on Sep 29, 2023 after therapy with Felicia for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching
Felicia was AMAZING! She helped me sort out things and helped me to really break down issues. I laughed and cried and it was all for the better! I would give 100 stars to her if I could. She listened and offered ways to help me think through things, I felt so comfortable talking with her!
Written on May 27, 2023 after therapy with Felicia for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and self esteem
I look forward to the sessions of Felicia because it feels like I’m talking to a friend who holds me accountable and shows me how to give myself grace
Written on May 10, 2023 after therapy with Felicia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes
I was 70 years old when I started working with my BetterHelp therapist, Felicia Bates. At that time, I was as low as I had ever been in my life. She guided me through a process that was educational, at times painful, but always worthwhile. My childhood experiences left me with very low self esteem. I had spent my life ignoring or at least downplaying the abuse from my childhood in order to spare everyone else my discomfort. Unfortunately in doing so, I kept it for myself. Now, after several months, I have the tools to love myself and put myself first. I wish I could describe how different I feel today than I did seven months ago. I have a lightness that didn't exist before. If you have any thoughts of trying therapy, I can't recommend Felicia Bates highly enough. I feel like a new person and I thank her for working with me and teaching me how to love myself.
Written on May 02, 2023 after therapy with Felicia for 7 months
I've had plenty of therapists during my adult life. None has ever got to the core of who am I, and why. Felecia doesn't put words in your mouth, she allows you to find the right meaning of who you are, and she addresses this in a healthy way. After each session I have an "ah' ah" moment, a reality check. Having these meaningful conversations has helped my personal growth. I'm mentally and emotionally a stronger person. I now know the importance of having healthy boundaries, and self-worth. If only had had Felecia in my life a long time ago. She could have saved me from years of being blind to emotional and mental barriers.
Written on Apr 26, 2023 after therapy with Felicia for 3 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, and coping with life changes
When I first came to Felicia, I was a hot mess. I was struggling with anxiety, grief, and relationships and didn't know where to start. Since working with Felicia, I'm able to tell a difference mentally, emotionally, and physically. She's helped me set PRs with my runs and weight-lifting! My self-confidence is through the roof; I'm more confident in my mental grit; and even other people can tell how truly happy I am through my body language and interactions. As long as you're willing to put in the work and learn that growth means being uncomfortable sometimes, therapy works! I'd recommend this platform and Felicia to anyone in a heartbeat.
Written on Apr 25, 2023 after therapy with Felicia for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue