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Susan I. Bates, MA, LCDC,SEP
Susan I Bates, MA, LCDC, SEP
​Susan Bates is a licensed chemical dependency counselor, Somatic Experience Therapist and respected expressive arts therapist with over 25 years experience. She has been working in the field of mental health and addiction since 1994.   

Her experience includes working in a group home setting with adolescent girls. She was responsible for assisting them in daily living skills. Susan also worked in a psychiatric hospital and as a case manager for adults with mental health and addiction.  

After completing her Master's degree in Clinical Counseling and Art Therapy,  Susan worked for The Meadows, a world- renowned treatment center in Wickenbug, AZ. Susan 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. Susan worked as the Art Therapist, specializing in working with adults facing trauma, addiction and depression. In addition, Susan worked as a primary counselor at The Melody House, working with individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder. 

After moving back to Austin, Susan joined TAAP, Texas Association of Addiction Professionals where she served on the board as Vice President and President during her four years. ​She also taught at ACC Austin Community College for five years in the LCDC
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Program. 

Currently, Susan is in Private Practice in North Austin. She completed the three year 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 2017.  

Susan's nature is one of non-judgment. She is skillful and empathetic when working with clients and families. Susan believes 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. Susan’s deep passion stems from her belief that within each of us rests the innate ability to heal.

​Susan works with her clients to discover new paths and empowers them to take the next step in their journey. She creates a safe and nurturing place for her clients to freely and openly express themselves. Susan considers it a privilege to be a therapist and respects the uniqueness of each person's story.