“Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.” Brené Brown.
Life is full of transitions and changes at every stage, and it can often lead to us feeling overstimulated or unsure of what our next step should be. Seeking the support of a therapist in the midst of the chaos that everyday life can bring takes conscious effort and motivation, but it can lead to so much meaningful change over time. Being vulnerable with feelings and emotions can feel intimidating or uncomfortable, but by allowing yourself to engage in the therapeutic process and relationship in a safe and encouraging space, my hope is that you ultimately feel more empowered and confident in who you are and what you are capable of. Whether you are dealing with relationship struggles, life transitions, stress, problems with work or school, depression, or anxiety—we can address it together, allowing you to feel supported and encouraged.
My goal as a therapist is to provide a warm, collaborative, and uplifting environment that is free from judgment. A space where you feel it is okay to not be okay, and where it feels safe to express any emotions that may come up during our time together. I believe that in order for any type of treatment to be successful, the therapeutic relationship and rapport built in the early stages is crucial. I work collaboratively with clients to create a realistic treatment plan for therapy that is based on their specific needs and goals, and work to actively support them in the steps that it takes to meet these goals. We work to identify and build upon existing strengths, learn and establish new coping skills, manage life stressors, replace self-destructive responses and behaviors, improve relationships, and most importantly- create positive lasting change.
I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a therapist, as therapy played a crucial role in overcoming my own life challenges. I feel that I am able to identify with my clients on a deep level and meet them with a great sense of empathy and understanding. I have experience working with clients of all ages, backgrounds, life stages and situations. I have an extensive amount of experience working with those who have experienced trauma, and I ensure to approach every client with a trauma informed lens. I utilize a strengths based, client centered approach where I pull from various modalities and recognize that there is not a “one size fits all” approach to therapy. Some of these modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing , Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Narrative Therapy. Regardless of the modality used, I approach each session with presence, empathy, and compassion to support you on your healing journey.
Alexa Bates, LMSW, is a therapist in Grand Rapids, MI that offers therapy for adults, couples, children and families struggling with depression, anxiety, and trauma. Alexa identifies as a white, cisgender female. Alexa graduated from Western Michigan University with a masters in clinical social work. Alexa spent time during her studies as an intern therapist at a private practice in the area where she spent the majority of her time working with women, couples, and families. Following graduation, Alexa went on to be a community based therapist for Kent County, where she worked extensively with at-risk youth and families. She spent much of her time working with individuals who experienced trauma, and is formally trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Alexa enjoys empowering clients to recognize their strengths and potential in life, and feels honored to partner with them on their healing journey. She welcomes all clients regardless of age, race, gender, or background.