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Sandy Coates,






Therapy Techniques:

ACT, CBT, DBT, EFT, Mindfulness, IFS, MBCT, Therapeutic Play/Art

About Sandy Coates

Hello, I’m Sandy Coates. 

I completed my undergraduate and graduate degrees at Lancaster Bible College-Capital Seminary & Graduate School, where I earned my Master’s degree in Family, Couple, and Marriage Counseling. I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with a heart for walking alongside others while they work through difficulties in life.

Everyone Deserves Support

Everyone is valuable, worthy, and belongs and needs to have support. I hope to give you a safe, non-judgmental environment to work through any challenges you are facing, whether that be life changes, trauma, sexual integrity, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, relationship struggles, or struggling with using boundaries.  

My Personal & Professional Experiences

My experience began at a young age, with addiction being a part of my family life.  As I grew, I learned about boundaries, enmeshment, and the struggle one faces as one works to defeat the addiction to substances. I then became a volunteer peer counselor for women facing a crisis, walking alongside those who chose abortion or lost a child.

After several moves, I started working in an inpatient facility for drug and alcohol use as an Intensive Outpatient and Inpatient Therapist.  Next, I changed my focus to outpatient therapy for co-occurring issues, which is when someone struggles with mental health and substance abuse simultaneously.  I’ve also worked in an outpatient setting that focuses on walking with those in the foster system and mental health.

My Therapy Techniques

Therapy is not a one-size-fits-all, allowing me to meet you where you are at our first appointment together.  I take a collaborative client-centered approach, which means I will work with you to ensure that your therapy experience meets your needs.  I will support your growth and use a flexible approach that may include starting with a trauma-informed lens or utilizing techniques such as (CBT), Psychodynamic, and elements of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

What To Expect in Therapy

Regardless of our approach or technique, I feel humbled to walk alongside you as you start your journey of healing. It takes courage to take that first step and schedule a counseling appointment.  My hope and goals are that you feel heard, and find your strength and your voice as you continue on your healing journey.

About Me

Outside of my role as a therapist, I enjoy being with my family and being out in nature, whether that means yard work, being with my animals, hiking, kayaking, or riding my bike.  I enjoy trying new things and adventures, and when I need to be still, I enjoy music, reading, and journaling. 

“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen,” – Brene Brown.

PA License #PC015377

Sandy  Coates’ Availability

Sandy Coates offers in-person therapy at our Hershey therapy office and online therapy for anyone in Pennsylvania.

Sandy Coates's Specialties

Are You Ready To Take The First Step?

Reach out today to get started. Our supportive staff will help guide you through the scheduling process, discuss special requests and consult your insurance needs.