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Rev Christie Bates LPC, C-BSP


Contemplative Minister and Therapist, Certified Brainspotting Practitioner

Passati Counseling & Direction
United States

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Special Instructions: Appointments are welcome via email or phone call. The number listed here does not receive text.
Sliding Scale Available
Additional information about where I can practice: Mindfulness Based Spiritual Direction as Ordained Minister of the Embracing Simplicity Contemplative Order. For counseling, I am licensed in both Mississippi and Tennessee, and I am a registered teletherapist for Florida.
Specialties & Areas of Focus:
- Trauma Recovery
- Substance/Process Addiction Recovery
- Disordered Eating/Chronic Dieting
- Existential Anxiety
- Anxiety/Depression
- Adult Children of Chronically Stressed Families
- Generational Trauma
Modalities & Theoretical Lenses:
- Neuroexperiential Model (Brainspotting)
- Internal Family Systems
- Contemplative (Mindfulness Based)
Age Groups Served:
- Adults (18 years old and up)
- Older Adults (65+ years old)
Additional Populations Served & Allied Groups:
- People in 12 Step or Buddhist Recovery
- Families Recovering from Addiction and Trauma
- Religious Minorities
- Creatives
- Neurodiverse
Languages Services Offered In:
- English

My Philosophy of Care

As a licensed professional counselor, it is important to me that people are educated as to the success of the HAES® insights in improving health outcomes, but on the subject of health, I prioritize mental clarity/emotional balance over mainstream ideas of Health. As a contemplative Minister, I recognize all bodies as a precious resource for intuitive wisdom and guidance that deserves our care, respect, and appreciation, whatever pleasures or difficulties may come with it. As a volunteer board member for the Southeast Brainspotting Institute, I work to increase access to Brainspotting by marginalized populations. I advocate for the use of Brainspotting for healing the brain from chronic trauma perpetuated against our bodies and minds by diet culture. Founding and facilitating monthly peer supervision for my Brainspotting practitioners through the Body Justice Brainspotting group is part of that.

About Me & My Practice

I'm just 3 generations removed from Irish Catholic immigrants to the US, who fled starvation perpetrated by the Anglican English. Internalized fatphobia came with them. In addition to alcoholism, drug addiction, and high degrees of dissociation that left children unprotected, there was a constant focus on body image that I first became aware of consciously at age 7. My road to adult awareness of diet culture and internalized fat phobia was a bit of a zigzag. I was strongly affected by the book When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies, which I read long before I became a professional counselor. It was not until about 10 years ago, though, when I began work as a trauma specialist in a trauma-focused residential treatment center that I received training, mostly peer-to-peer, from the clinical staff of the eating disorder team. There I began to understand that we can make no assumptions about a person's health based on size and shape. In my role as a contemplative minister and author of an ebook called "The Beautiful Human," I learned that even the Buddha warned about diet culture and how it distracts us from what is important. He spoke of 3 "infatuations" - hanging onto youth, health, and life. This teaching has been a powerful ally to me and to my clients who enjoy that kind of thing.

Accessibility Considerations

I can see clients virtually through a protected platform. My in-office sessions are on the ground floor of an office park that has ample handicapped parking. The sofa in my office is rated to hold 900 lbs. I am my administrative staff, so you are assured of an affirming experience.

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