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Sandy Coates,


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 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 people a safe, non-judgmental environment to work through any challenges they are facing, whether that be life changes, trauma, sexual integrity, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, relationship struggles, or struggling with using boundaries.  

My Personal 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; I then walked alongside those who chose abortion or lost their child.

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

Approaching Therapy with Me

Therapy is not a one size fits all, allowing me to meet people where they are at that time. I take a collaborative client-centered approach, which means I will work with you to ensure that your therapeutic experience meets your needs while supporting your growth and using an eclectic approach that includes starting with a trauma-informed lens and includes but is not limited to cognitive behavioral therapy techniques (CBT), Psychodynamic techniques, and elements of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

I feel humbled to be able to walk alongside those who are starting their journey of healing. It takes courage to take that first step toward healing.  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 office and online therapy for anyone in Pennsylvania.

Sandy Coates's Specialties

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