Affirming Self. Affirming Others. Affirming Living Authentically.

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Dr. D. Dionne Bates is a licensed professional counselor who holds a B.A. in Sociology (with emphasis in deviant behavior), an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

After almost 20 years in clinical practice, Dr. Bates has observed that the root of many individuals’ mental and emotional distress is their inability to integrate their “true” selves into various realms of their lives. She has been featured on several radio shows, including The Fred Bowden Show (Exceptional Radio Network), where she discussed the state of mental health care in Georgia; Better Days Radio; Alternative Perspectives (WRFG 89.3 – Atlanta), where she was a weekly contributor and produced the Faith and Politics segment; and Same Gender Loving Expressions. In 2009, she partnered with to present “Outside Blackness,” a supplement to the Atlanta showing of Tavis Smiley’s America, I AM.

Dr. Bates has participated in discussions on human sexuality and sexual health with first year Emory University medical students. Her research has included identity development, LGBT issues, and a stage model of affirming self and others. Her writings have been featured on YourTango and Dailyworth and she has published in regional, national, and international newspapers and academic journals.


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  • Resurrect Old Dreams
  • Nurture Yourself
  • Pat Yourself on the Back
  • Develop a Support System
  • Start from the Outside to get to the Inside
  • If Necessary, Seek Counseling

Selected Workshops:

“The Integrated Self” - Atlanta, Georgia

“Creating an Inclusive and Affirming University Community” – Armstrong Atlantic University (Savannah, Georgia)

“Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Abuse” – Georgia Nurses Association

Human Sexuality with First Year Medical Students (Panelist) – Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia)

“Creating a Consciously Inclusive and Welcoming Congregation” (Panelist) – Unitarian Universalists of Coastal Georgia (Brunswick, Georgia)

“True Reflections: Dispelling Messages that Separate You From Who You Truly Are” – Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, Georgia)

Selected Publications:

Bates, D. D. (2012). Self-soulstice model of affirmation. International Journal of                     Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy, 4(1), 79-88.

Bates, D. D. (2012). Beyond expectations: The experiences of two African-American                bisexual women. Journal of Bisexuality, 12(3), 404-416.

Bates, D.D. (Spring, 2011). Let's not get it twisted: Bullying is the result, not the
        problem. Annals of Psychotherapy and Integrative Health, 80-81.

Bates, D. D. (2010, Fall). Visibility! Authenticity! Affirmation! Urban Socialite, 36-37.

Bates, D. D. (2010). Once married African-American lesbians and bisexual women:
        Identity development and the coming-out process. Journal of Homosexuality, 57
        (2), 197-225.

Bates, D. D. (2009, September 3). WNBA confused on sex, gender. Southern Voice, p. 15.

Bates, D. D. (2008, August 29). Thank you, Oprah. Southern Voice, p. 16.

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