Therapy is about you. No matter if you are looking for individual therapy, couples therapy, or a 3 Day Intensive Weekend, I am here to offer you 40 years of skills and expertise. My style is dynamic and direct, yet consistently kind and validating. There are no shortcuts in good therapy, but I work efficiently and effectively to get to the root of your issues so you can move forward in better health, direction, and purpose.
Highlights of CV
Bachelor of Science, Illinois State University
Master of Counseling, University of Phoenix
Doctor of Education, Argosy University
Licenses and Memberships
Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Arizona, #1583
Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor, State of Arizona, #0916
Arizona Department of Health Services Counseling Facility Licenses # CLSG7006 and # CLSG7271
Professional Member, Arizona Counseling Association
2007-Current Private Practice
Advanced Counseling, PLLC, Scottsdale, Arizona
1994-2012 Adjunct Faculty
University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona
Argosy University, Phoenix, Arizona
Ottawa University, Phoenix, Arizona
University Counseling Courses Taught
Counseling Theory, Group Therapy, Advanced Group Therapy, Professional Counseling Ethics, Applied Counseling Skills I and II, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Multicultural Diversity, Substance Abuse, The Psychology of Athletic Injury, Ethical Issues in Sport Psychology, Human Services, Lifespan Development, Applied Music Therapy, Interviewing Techniques, Practicum Seminar, Interpersonal Communication, and The Psychology of Medicine
Highlights of Publications
April 2011 Publication: Arizona Counseling Journal: A Rubric for Use in Training and Evaluating Empathy Skills.
Highlights of Presentations
The Lost Art of Empathy; Beyond the Bubble Bath: Exquisite Self-Care; Creating Life Balance; Counselor Ethics; Professional Development for Medical Students; Multicultural Diversity: Assessing & Building Counselor Competence; Getting the Most from Group Therapy; Re-parenting Yourself.
Annual Conference, Southwestern School for Behavioral Health Studies, Tucson, Arizona; Aspen Group, Sedona, Arizona; Arizona State Bar Association’s Lawyer Assistance Program, Phoenix, Arizona; Franciscan Renewal Center, Chaplain Retreat, Phoenix, Arizona; The Greater Phoenix Child Abuse Prevention Council, Phoenix, Arizona; Southwest School of Naturopathic Medicine, Tempe, Arizona; Arizona Counselor’s Association, Phoenix, Arizona; Argosy University, Phoenix, Arizona; Copper Canyon Academy, Sedona, Arizona;
Ethics and Values
I recognize diversity and I support the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of individuals within their historical, cultural, economic, political, religious, and psychosocial contexts. I do not discriminate based on age, culture, disability, ethnicity, race, religion, spirituality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, partnership, socioeconomic status, or any basis proscribed by law.
Dr. Vallery Coats, EdD, MC, LPC, LISAC
8700 E Vista Bonita, Suite 280
Scottsdale , AZ85255
Phone (480) 980-6308
Fax 1(480) 488-1904