Susan bates, MA, LCDC, SEP
I am a licensed chemical dependency counselor, Somatic Experience Therapist and respected expressive arts therapist with over 25 years experience. I’ve been working in the field of mental health and addiction since 1994.
My experience includes working in a group home setting with adolescent girls where I was responsible for assisting them in daily living skills. I also worked in a psychiatric hospital and as a case manager for adults with mental health problems and addiction. After completing my Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling and Art Therapy, I worked for The Meadows, a world-renowned treatment center in Wickenbug, AZ. I was trained by Pia Mellody, well-known author of over four books in codependency and love addiction, as well as Patrick Carnes, the world-renowned expert in sexual addiction. I worked as the Art Therapist, specializing in working with adults facing trauma, addiction and depression. In addition, I also worked as a primary counselor at The Melody House, working with individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder.
“Learning to let go begins with understanding why you’ve been hanging on”Terri Trespicio
After moving back to Austin, I joined TAAP, Texas Association of Addiction Professionals where I served on the board as Vice President and President during my four years. I also taught at ACC Austin Community College for five years in the LCDC
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Program.
Currently, I’m in Private Practice in North Austin. I completed the three years of Somatic Experience training created by Dr. Peter Levine in 2016 and then earned her certificate in BASE Bodywork and Somatic Education with Dave Berger in 2017.
My nature is one of non-judgment. I am skillful and empathetic when working with clients and families, and I believe that through our own willingness to heal and move forward, the journey has already begun. Giving ourselves permission to change or discover new ways of being opens new doors.
My deep passion stems from the belief that within each of us rests the innate ability to heal.
I work with my clients to discover new paths and empower them to take the next step in their journey. I create a safe and nurturing place for my clients to freely and openly express themselves. I consider it a privilege to be a therapist and respect the uniqueness of each person’s story.