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William Bates, LPC

Stress, Anxiety LGBT Trauma and abuse Grief Compassion fatigue
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About me

Hello there, my name is Will, and I am a licensed therapist. I am licensed in the State of Colorado, and have been a therapist since 2012. I primarily work with people who have experienced trauma, and who have experienced sexual violence including Military Sexual Trauma. I have been a trauma therapist for the entirety of my career, and find the work to be incredibly rewarding. I always appreciate the trust my clients place in me to be there, holding a safe place to heal, as I understand how difficult it is to trust after a traumatic event.

I am a Veteran, and come from a long line of veterans. I have worked with both military personnel, as well as other first responders. I also have worked with people who have never been affiliated with the armed services - they tend to appreciate my promptness!

My style is client-focused, as every person experiences the aftereffects of trauma differently. What that means is that I listen to you, and what you would like to work on, without assuming that I know what is best for you! You are the expert in you, and your life; I am here to help you get to the next step. I have lots of tools and resources, and look forward to offering whatever assistance you need.

Professional experience

10yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, First Responder Issues, Gender Dysphoria, Men's Issues, Military and Veterans Issues, Post-traumatic Stress, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Traumatic Brain Injury

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

CO LPC LPC.0013587


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for William Bates. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

I have been working with William for quite some time now. Initially we worked together from May to August 2021.

When I found that I needed some more counseling to help me through some issues in the time between then I presumed my therapy early into 2022 and it is helped me a lot.

I am currently in the process of taking actions and making steps. I never thought I was capable of before. For anybody that has doubts regarding therapy. Find yourself a counselor that understands you. I can help you out or get you thinking about things from the perspective, you didn’t think about before. I’m grateful for my counselor and everything he’s helped me accomplish.

Written on Jan 02, 2023 after therapy with William for 1 year and 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Will is very intelligent and insightful without being condescending. He's able to help me make my own realizations and conclusions without needing to lecture or otherwise feel pedantic. His presence as a listener is rock solid and he has great recollection of our past sessions and of therefore my experience, history, and needs. He feels compassionate and safe but will also call things out when they need to be. Really great therapist.

Written on Oct 28, 2022 after therapy with William for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and anger management

Will is the absolute best therapist I have ever had. He has restored my faith in therapy and continues to add value to my life. He has helped me navigate the tangled jungle of emotions and feelings I have been battling to untangle my whole life. I can say I am a better and happier man today for the insight, guidance and knowledge Will brings to every single session. I am truly blessed to have him on this journey with me. Thank You Will for just being you, you've changed my life!

Written on Jul 30, 2022 after therapy with William for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd

William is great. Such a patient, kind, thoughtful person who allows you to be your authentic self.

Written on Jan 28, 2022 after therapy with William for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, and relationship issues

This is my forsr attempt at therapy, and William has been incredibly supportive and helped me to step outside of myself to see the truth behind where my feelings are coming from.

Written on Dec 16, 2021 after therapy with William for 7 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, and compassion fatigue

Will is very passionate, kind, active, attentive, and such a beautiful healer. He has been my therapist for the past month and I've learned so much about my traumas, triggers, reactions, and healing process. I struggle with chronic pain, chronic depression, PTSD, anxiety, ect and he's been there for it all. Also really awesome for the LBGTQ+ community. Sending the best for him always.

Written on Nov 13, 2021 after therapy with William for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes