katara coates

Katara Coates, LGPC

Works with ages 16 and up

Healing Work

Therapy with me:

Therapy with me is a holistic, collaborative, person-centered approach to therapy focusing on building a strong therapeutic relationship and incorporating various therapeutic modalities. A priority for me is building a rapport and establishing a supportive, safe space that is comfortable for sharing experiences and working towards personal growth. My approach has an emphasis on connecting, goal setting, self-awareness, and self-compassion, as well as problem solving, developing coping strategies, and healing.

My impacting identifies/roles that inform my work:

I am black woman, mom of four biracial children ranging from 25 to 13, a wife, a daughter (who lost her mom, way too early), a best friend to the same person for over 35 years, an advocate, a professional, a survivor, and a counselor. I am loyal. I am an empath. I am spiritual. I am a servant leader. I bring my whole self to all environments, that includes my humor, my open mindedness, my acceptance for others, my love for the sun, sand, and water.

I feel informed and knowledgeable about:

I have a comprehensive understanding of therapeutic services catering to young adults, adults, seniors, and veterans dealing with mental health disorders, trauma disorders, and substance use disorders. I am also well-versed in self-esteem, identity, relationship challenges, personal and professional development.

I work best with clients who:

…value collaboration, maintain consistency, and actively participate in therapeutic processes, especially during challenging moments. I am well-suited for individuals who are committed to pursuing positive life changes but may be uncertain about the steps to take.

I am not a good clinical fit for clients who:

…is younger than 16 years old. I would not be a good fit for someone whose presenting challenge is disordered eating. I would not be a good fit for a person who is looking for me to provide the answers versus exploring and discovering them together.

What makes me unique:

I have worked for years to be consistent and true to myself. I infuse humor, creativity, and mindfulness into every facet of my life, and these qualities frequently manifest in my interactions with others.

Learning and Growing

I am currently reading or recently completed (or audiobook) –
  • The Conscious Parent by Dr. Shefali Tsabary
  • The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace by Dr. Paul White
  • Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice by Brene Brown
  • Decolonizing Therapy by Jennifer Mulan, PsyD
  • Training I have recently completed – last three months.
  • Trauma Informed Care – Responding to trauma within forensic systems (Grand Rounds)
  • Despair Among Joyful People: Suicide and Self Harm in LGBTQ Communities (Grand Rounds)
  • Certified Trainer
  • Person-Centered Care and Treatment Planning Train the Trainer


AA in Human Services, Addictions
BA in Sociology
MS Ed in Mental Health Counseling

Fun Facts/Resilience Building

What resources me to build resilience:

I love warm weather and traveling, so I often make my way to white sandy beaches with pristine blue water. Recharging for me involves grounding activities, such as feeling the grass beneath my feet or losing myself in the joy of gardening. Prioritizing self-care is essential, and I achieve this through activities like journaling, carving out alone time, indulging in massages, being mindful of my holistic health, and cherishing moments with my closest friends and family.