CAPS Staff Bios (Atlanta)

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

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Director

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

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Counselor

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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Lorice Harris, LPC

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Counselor

Lorice earned her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling at Georgia State University, Specialist degree in Professional Counseling and Supervision from the University of West Georgia, and is currently a doctoral student at the University of West Georgia. Lorice has clinical experience providing academic, career, individual, couples, family, and group counseling in several community-based settings. Lorice utilizes an integrative, holistic approach to counseling with a focus on recovery, empowerment, and wellness.

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Drew Thrasher

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Counseling Intern

Drew Thrasher is a counseling intern studying clinical mental health counseling at Georgia State University. Drew graduated with their bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Georgia in 2015 and, before returning to graduate school in 2020, worked in various social work and mental health settings. Drew appreciates person-centered and strengths-based counseling approaches and recognizes the usefulness and effectiveness of CBT interventions. Drew’s populations of interest include individuals who experience challenges with anxiety, depression, relationships, gender or sexual identities, as well as many other transitional and life issues.

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Latrice Lewis

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Counseling Intern

Latrice Lewis is an intern from Georgia State University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Georgia State University with a minor in Sociology, and has a Master’s degree in Sports Psychology and Motor Behavior from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She has experience working with adolescents as a crisis interventionist, as well as experience working with elite athletes of all ages on mental performance and stress/anxiety coping skills. She is a Graduate Liaison with the American Counseling Association division Association for Multicultural Development and has published an article covering the topic of trauma in the inaugural newsletter of the International Association for Resilience and Trauma Counseling. Her areas of interest include multicultural development, crisis intervention, trauma therapy, sports counseling, and coping for anxiety and depression. She utilizes cognitive behavioral theories and solution focused interventions to help others find meaning in their experiencing and claim control over their lives. Her hobbies include watching and attending sporting events, competing in strongman competitions, exploring new places, watching new movies, and eating delicious food.  

 

Lois

Lois

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.