Michelle Bates

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Wake Forest, NC | Telehealth



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About Michelle Bates, MSW, LCSW

Michelle has dedicated her life to helping people on a deeper emotional level. She loves that as a therapist, she can do this while also assisting people in making meaningful and positive changes in their lives. One of her favorite moments is that “lightbulb” moment when a patient says, “I’ve never looked at it that way before,” which, for Ms. Bates, signals that an exciting shift is happening! As a provider, she validates patients’ experiences while helping them see that they do not have to be defined by them. One objective that she has for most patients is to help them learn to challenge old thought patterns that have them stuck in unhealthy cycles of behavior. For over fifteen years, Michelle has helped patients develop strategies and coping mechanisms during life transitions and has encouraged the formation of good habits. She is often told by her patients that she combines a genuine warmth and concern for their well-being with the ability to hold them accountable as needed, all of this done with appropriate and appreciated the humor.

Education & Certifications

– Master of Social Work from Florida State University, located in Tallahassee, FL
– Member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Conditions Treated

  • Anxiety / Panic Disorders
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Technique
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Adjustment Disorder (major life change, grief, divorce)
  • LGBTQI+ Related Needs
  • Gender Confirmation Surgery Evaluations

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna NC
  • Cigna NC
  • Magellan NC
  • Medcost NC
  • UBH NC
  • Humana NC
  • Friday Health 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