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Carleen M Gates LICSW

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General Office Hours

In Central Time


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What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?

I feel the biggest barrier to people seeking care is the stigma surrounding mental health, and lack of awareness.

What does a first session with you look like?

The first therapy session will be a time to begin building a rapport with my client. I will identify the symptoms that my client is having, determined what brought the client to therapy, and allow client to express what they feel is going wrong with their life. Additionally, I will ask various questions about regarding the history of client: including: childhood, education, relationships (family, romantic, friends), their current living situation, and career. Lastly, therapist and client will both agree to the length of treatment, method of treatment, and discuss limits of confidentiality.

What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?

My path to becoming a social worker was inspired by my mother and a social worker who help me during a difficult time in my life. The compassion, hope, and kindness that was shown to me, I wanted to give back to others. This is why I choose this profession, to assist with creating a positive change in the life of others.




Communication issues


Coping Skills

General Expertise


Work Stress

Relationship Issues

Anger management

Family issues

Oppositional & defiant behavior



First Session$130
Family Therapy$150
Individual Therapy$130
Marriage & Couples Counseling$150

Types of Therapy

Family Therapy

Individual Therapy

Marriage & Couples Counseling


Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Mindfulness Practices

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Training / Certifications

Certified Grief Counseling Specialist


  • Alabama, LICSW, 4396C


2014-2015: Degree-Master of Social Work Subject Area: Social Work School: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

2003-2004: Degree: Bachelor of Social Work Subject Area: Social Work School: Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama

1992-1995: Degree Associates Degree- Subject Area: Electives School: Southern Union State Jr. College, Wadley, Alabama

Work History

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over 11 years of experience working in the mental health field. I have provided case management services, group therapy sessions, individual therapy sessions, therapy at school, and tele-health services. Additionally, I have even served as an in-home therapist providing mental health services in the home. I have worked with clients from a broad range of concerns including: trauma, anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, relationship issues, family dynamic distresses, poor communication styles, and emotional abuse. My counseling technique is very caring, encouraging, and client centered. I am very candid and direct when providing therapy. I take pride in demonstrating compassion and being sensitive and thoughtful of the needs of others. More than anything, I strongly believe in treating everyone with respect and dignity. It takes a great deal of courage to seek professional help and even more courage to implement change. I applaud you for taking the first step. I would love the opportunity to begin this journey with you in taking the next steps to begin living a more rewarding and self-empowered lifestyle. It would be an honor to help guide you along the way. I look forward to working with you.

Frequently Asked Questions About Carleen Gates, LICSW

It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Carleen Gates, LICSW, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.

Is Carleen Gates accepting new clients?

Yes, Carleen Gates is accepting new clients.

Does Carleen Gates accept insurance?

No, Carleen Gates does not accept insurance.

What types of therapy does Carleen Gates offer?

Carleen Gates offers therapy for couples, families and individuals.

Does Carleen Gates offer in-person appointments?

No, but people in Alabama can book Carleen Gates for virtual appointments (teletherapy).

Does Carleen Gates offer online therapy?

Yes, Carleen Gates offers online therapy to people in Alabama.

How quickly can I see Carleen Gates?

Carleen Gates typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current general office hours and request an appointment on their profile page.

What languages does Carleen Gates speak?

Carleen Gates conducts therapy sessions in English.

Can I book an appointment with Carleen Gates online?

Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Carleen Gates online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.

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