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Identity Issues

Dr. Bates is trained to meet the needs of those struggling with identity related issues, including learning to affirm self, learning to affirm others, and integrating one’s identity into various aspects of their lives and relationships. Developing a sense of self – an identity – is a key component of the maturation process for every individual. Unresolved identity issues can lead to depression, hopelessness, addiction, and more, so they must be addressed efficiently.

Depression & Grief

Grieving a loss is normal. But when grief takes over your life and you begin to feel hopeless, helpless, and worthless, then it’s time to talk with a medical professional to evaluate the difference between normal grief and depression.

Anxiety & Stress

Stress and anxiety are common experiences for most people. In fact, 70% of adults in the U.S. say they feel stress or anxiety daily. But there are smart and healthy ways to cope and relieve these feelings. Working with a counselor can get you on the right track.

Affirming Self. Affirming Others.

 Affirming Living Authentically.


The Unique Self-Soulstice Affirmation Model

Dr. Dionne Bates is the author of the Self-SOULstice self-affirmation model and works with her clients to help them reach optimal mental health by affirming self, affirming others, and living authentically. She is a member of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia and is a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor.

From 2010-2015 Dr. Bates was an Educational Psychologist at Georgia Southern University’s (GSU) Counseling Center where she had responsibility for the students’ mental health needs as well as providing education and support to faculty and staff. 

There can be no true affirming of others

Without integrated affirmation of self. The process is restorative and evolutionary. It's revolutionary!

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