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.


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.


Susan Fishman

Counseling Intern

Susan Fishman is enrolled in a Master’s Degree program in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling at Georgia State University. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Loyola University of Chicago and has worked for more than 20 years as a writer in the healthcare industry, specializing in health education and parenting issues. Her research and writing have covered all aspects of health and wellness, from physical and psychological to social and spiritual. Susan brings this holistic perspective to counseling, with a focus on personal growth and overall wellness. Her clinical areas of interest include stress, anxiety, life transitions, chronic illness, depression and family and relationship issues.

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Crystal Brown-Thompson

Counseling Intern

Crystal Brown-Thompson is a Master’s student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Georgia State University. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Sewanee: The University of the South. Her interests include multiculturalism, lifespan development, stress management, and bridging the gap between physical and mental health through wellness. She is invested in examining how interpersonal relationships and environment play a role in individual’s daily lives.



Lois, or Miss Lois if you prefer, pays us the occasional visit and might be around during yours’ too. Lois is not a trained therapy dog; however, she is currently studying for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. She has been known to cozy-up for a snuggle, and can let a therapy session pass by chewing on a stuffed animal, or alternatively, taking in a scratch or belly-rub.