Michelle Bates

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Wake Forest, NC | Telehealth


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About Michelle Bates, MSW, LCSW

Michelle has more than 15 years of experience treating adults and seniors. She provides gender-affirming mental health care and completes gender-confirmation surgery evaluations. Michelle uses cognitive behavioral therapy to assist patients in developing strategies and coping mechanisms and challenging old patterns that create intrusive thoughts. Her favorite moments are the “lightbulb” moments when patients say, “I’ve never looked at it that way before.” This signals that a positive shift is happening.

Education & Certifications

– Master of Social Work (MSW) – Florida State University
– Member of the National Association of Social Workers

Conditions Treated

  • Adjustment disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Depression
  • Gender-affirming mental health care
  • Grief & loss
  • Mental health consultation/Evaluation
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic attacks/Disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Stress/Stress management
  • Trauma/PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder)

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna NC
  • Cigna NC
  • Magellan NC
  • Medcost NC
  • UBH NC
  • Humana NC
  • Behavioral Health Systems NC
  • EHN Multistate NC

Don’t see your plan? Call us at 855-501-1004 to see if you are covered.

Insurance plans may vary by location and are subject to change.



May 26, 2022

Michelle is so professional with what she does, she helps you to really think about how to resolve the problem you maybe having.


May 26, 2022

I would like a new therapist. Im not feeling a connection with Michelle


September 15, 2021

Always caring


August 27, 2021

Very supportive and easy to talk to


July 14, 2021

Michelle is very compassionate, balances listening with thoughtful responses. Offers uplifting praise along with critical insights


July 7, 2021

I appreciate Michelle's support!


May 4, 2021

She always listens


April 10, 2021

Michele is trust worthy and friendly