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 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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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Sandy Coates offers in-person therapy at our Hershey office and online therapy for anyone in Pennsylvania.
Whether you are suffering from panic attacks, obsessive – compulsive disorder, or generalized anxiety we have therapists who use evidenced-based treatments, such as cognitive-bahavioral therapy, to help you.
Many individuals feel like they are at war with their bodies. Whether it’s feeling shame, guilt, or giving ourselves critical comments about our bodies, we can be our own worst enemy. Our therapists can help you feel at peace with your body and learn to be kind to yourself.
Caregiving for a loved one can be challenging even in the best of circumstances. Often we don’t think about how the caregiver needs support, too. If you are experiencing burnout, our therapists can teach you skills to help you cope.
Depression and anxiety are extremely common, but often under-diagnosed by medical providers during pregnancy and postpartum. Our providers have specialized training to help women with anxiety and depression in this specific period in their lives.
Depression, one of the most common mental health disorders, is very treatable. Our therapists are specially trained to help individuals with depression get back to feeling like themselves again.
Struggling with infertility can be so difficult, especially if no one around you has experienced something similar. It can feel like an isolating journey and people find they often need support to navigate the emotional aspects of the process. Our therapists have specialized training to help you.
Life transitions encompass many things, including starting or ending a romantic relationship, changes with work or school or making any big life change, such as a move. Often we underestimate how these changes will affect us emotionally until we find ourselves struggling with the ups and downs of the life transition.
While we don’t provide couples counseling at Move Forward, many individuals seek counseling to discuss how they can have healthier relationships. Our therapists can help you learn new ways of communicating, setting boundaries, and other ways to have more positive relationships with others.
Trauma symptoms and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be debilitating for many who experience it. Recovery from trauma is possible and we have therapists who can help.
Moving into adulthood brings its own set of challenges. You may feel pressure to have a “career” or find your life partner. You may be unsure of making these big life decisions and may feel lost because you no longer have school or other adults in your life telling you what you should choose.
The period of adolescence can be exciting, but also challenging for many teens. Difficulties with friends, school, anxiety, depression, cutting, and substance abuse are all common issues for this group. Due to a lack of life experience, teens may not know how to manage these problems which is why therapy can be especially helpful.
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.