CAPS Staff Bios (Atlanta)


Bates Canon, M.Ed., LPC, CPCS, BC-TMH


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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Erica D. Geralds, M.Div., MS, LPC, NCC


Erica earned her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Master of Divinity degree from Mercer University. Erica is a native of Chicago, IL and received her undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University. Erica has provided individual, group and family counseling in various settings including hospitals, hospice, and private practice. Erica has worked as an outpatient psychotherapist, pastoral counselor, hospital and hospice chaplain. Erica’s counseling philosophy rests on the principle that each individual and relationship are unique. Erica brings the holistic approach to counseling focusing on mind, body, soul and spirit. Erica incorporates many interventions and theories such as cognitive-behavioral, family systems, positive psychology, mindfulness, client centered and solution based focused. Her specializations include working with issues related to sexuality and identity, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, stress and anger management, life’s transitions, spirituality and faith, grief, race relations, family and relationships, substance use and addictions. As a Chicago Bears fan and proud alumna, Erica is excited to “Be the Bear” and return to her alma mater to join the CAPS team.

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Afroze Shaikh, M.A., NCC

Counseling Intern

Afroze earned her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine. She is currently receiving her Doctoral Degree in Counselor Education and Practice from Georgia State University. She appreciates a client-centered, collaborative counseling approach. Her previous work has included issues related to substance use, intimate partner violence, and stress and trauma.

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Rena Diamond

Counseling Intern

Rena Diamond is an intern from Georgia State University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from U.C.Berkeley and a Master’s degree from University College London (U.K.) in Medical Anthropology. Rena worked in the non-profit sector for many years on health and mental health care issues. Her clinical areas of interest are stress, anxiety, depression, family and relationship issues, life transitions, the intersection of mental and physical health, and trauma.  Rena is also a certified yoga instructor, who is keen to bring skills and perspective gained through yoga and mindfulness to her clinical work.

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Wendy Hsu

Counseling Intern

Wendy (Li-Cih) Hsu is an intern from Georgia State University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Born and raised in Taiwan and having lived in 3 continents, she identifies as a third culture individual. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese. Wendy received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Hong Kong and studied abroad at Boston, York (UK) and Singapore. She has experience working with children, youth and older adults, and is engaged in research, crisis intervention, and advocacy work for Asian populations. Wendy’s areas of interest include multicultural identity development, cross-cultural adaptation and transition, cultural trauma, perfectionism, family and relationships issues, and coping for stress, anxiety and depression. She utilizes existential theories and positive psychology interventions to help people find meaning in life and cultivate resilience, courage and authenticity. She promotes multicultural approaches and a social justice orientation to support marginalized communities. During her free time, Wendy enjoys doing crafts such as sewing, crocheting, and needle felting.



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.