Therapy Services: Individual, Couple, Group & (Step)family


Individual Therapy


Dr. Gates works with adults who are looking to deepen their understanding about themselves, their family relationships and how their life experiences (as well as their identities) have shaped who they have become. Many people find themselves overwhelmed in relational dynamics, searching for their authentic selves. Dr. Gates believes that it can be difficult to see ourselves clearly on our own and that a trusting client-focused therapeutic relationship can provide a space that allows a deep human exchange with safe professional guidance and the understanding of larger social, cultural and historical contexts.


Dr. Gates has extensive training in college counseling. She primarily works with undergraduate and graduate students, including international students, who are experiencing difficulties adjusting and are processing the dynamics of their family and culture of origin. Many students struggle with a sense of belonging and are trying to discern their own identities and create a meaningful path into adulthood. 

Group Therapy

  • Stepmother Support Group
    • This support group is for stepmothers to share their experiences, support one another, and to learn how to navigate difficult stepfamily dynamics.
  • Grief/Bereavement Group
    • This is a weekly support group for those who are looking to share and manage their bereavement and grief process. The loss of a loved one can feel deeply emotionally overwhelming and to find a dedicated grieving space is often close to impossible as the world keeps moving at such a high speed all around us.
  • Trauma Survivor Support Group
    • This small group is intended to offer a safe space to share the impact of trauma (on the brain and the body) and to help participants learn specific skills to manage their symptoms.

(Step)family Therapy and Consulting

Stepfamilies and each member of the many complex stepfamily systems continue to be underserved by society and  the mental health community. Dr. Gates is a certified Stepfamily Foundation Coach and has researched and written about stepmothers' experiences in joint custody stepfamilies; it is her experience that stepfamily members are in great need for support and therapy services by mental health professionals who understand that working with stepfamilies and remarried couples is very different from working with first-families or first-marrieds. Dr. Gates offers individual stepfamily therapy, stepcouple/remarried couple therapy, group therapy for stepmothers, and general consultation for anyone who is affected by the challenging dynamics of a stepfamily. 

Please reach out for more information regarding other Family Therapies, including Couple Therapy. 

Languages: English and German

Getting Started

Finding a therapist you feel safe and honestly comfortable with is essential for a truly successful therapy relationship. It is my goal to help you figure out what you are looking for in a therapist and how you can get properly connected if we find that you and I are not the “right” match. I would be happy to set up a free 15 minute phone consultation to answer any questions you may have or to assist you in formulating your questions.