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.


  • 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 License # CLSG8255
  • 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.

Speaking Venues

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.


Throughout her successful career as a therapist and teacher, Dr. Coats has successfully helped thousands of adults and couples through difficult times. She is ready to help you begin your journey. Call today!


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