CAPS Staff Bios (Atlanta)


Bates Canon, M.Ed., LPC, CPCS


Bates Canon received his Master's Degree in Community Counseling from the University of Georgia in 1990.  Over twenty-five years of working in colleges and universities, he has served as director of counseling for three institutions (15+years), also working in academic advising, access and accommodations, career services, first year seminars, health services, and retention initiatives along the way.  While with the University System of Georgia (USG), Bates served a term as chair of the USG Counseling Directors Association.  He prefers an integrative model of psychotherapy grounded in a mindful presence and has worked most with students on issues related to adjustment, change and transition, stress and anxiety, career development/workplace concerns, personal growth and wellness, depression, and counselor development.

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Julie Cannon, M.A., LPC, CPCS, NBC-HWC

Assistant Director

Julie earned her Master's Degree in Community Counseling from the University of Alabama and has worked as an inpatient and outpatient psychotherapist, interfaith hospice chaplain, and student adviser.  She takes a holistic approach to counseling, working from a humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness-based orientation.  Her specializations include working with issues related to mood disorders, health, relationships, spirituality, and professionalism in the work place.  Julie is a certified Qigong instructor and a member of DeKalb County's Community Emergency Response Team.

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Silvette Bullard, Ed.S., LPC, NCC


Silvette received her Education Specialist Degree in School Counseling from the University of Georgia in 2004 and her Master's Degree in Counseling and Counselor Education from Indiana University in 2002.  She has worked as a school counselor, academic advisor, in-home counselor, and therapist.

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Elaina Chance, LPC


Ms. Chance's Bio coming soon.


Ramona Grad, M.S., NCC

Counseling Intern

Ramona is a third-year doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Practice program at Georgia State University.  She is an international student from Romania.  She has 11 years of clinical experience with adults who experienced life crisis, trauma, divorce, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties.  She has worked in private practice, mental health treatment facilities, and college counseling centers.  Ramona believes that through a relationship built on trust, safety, and acceptance, one is able to work through the areas of difficulty and struggle, and create a level of peace and contentment for themselves.

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Jessica Carroll

Counseling Intern

Jessica is originally from Dallas, TX.  She currently completing a graduate program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Georgia State University.  Her background includes work in grief and bereavement related services.  She spent the past couple of years working on a research team studying perfectionism, stress, and resilience.  Looking forward, she hopes to begin a private practice within the next few years.

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Lisa Wilson, M.A., APC, NCC


 Lisa holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. She has worked with various populations including adolescents, teens, adults, seniors, and persons with disabilities. She has provided individual and group counseling in numerous settings including hospice, community mental health, private practice, and state agencies. In addition to her degree in counseling, Lisa received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Georgia State University and spent over 12 years working in non-profit and public sector management. Lisa views counseling as a collaborative process and strives to support clients in identifying obstacles in their paths and finding new routes around them.