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 thirty-two years of working in colleges and universities, he has served as director of counseling for three institutions (21+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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Assistant Director

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, EdS, LPC, NCC

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Assistant Director

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.

Lauren Allison, Staff CounselorLauren Cage, MS, LPC

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Staff Counselor

Lauren Allison is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Michigan and Georgia. She specializes in working with individuals who are experiencing life challenges such as stress/burn out, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, etc. Lauren utilizes the following therapeutic approaches to ensure the needs of her clients are being met: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, Solution Focused, and Person-Centered.

 

Cecilia Lee headshotCecilia Lee

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2023-2024 Counseling Intern

Cecilia Lee is a counseling intern working on her degree at Georgia State’s Clinical Rehab Counseling master’s program. She identifies with Adlerian and Relational Cultural theories, for she passionately embraces the notion that individuals' upbringing and their connection to the community are pivotal factors that intricately shape their overall well-being. Her areas of interest include trauma, life-transitions, and the immigrant experience. She believes countless individuals bear an unwarranted and painful load in their daily existence, and her goal is to lend a helping hand to those carrying this weight.

Before entering on this counseling path, she illustrated a children’s book that helped young girls embrace all their bodily functions. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, watching movies and being in nature. She loves finding new camping spots and hiking trails where she surrounds herself with the serenity nature provides.

Alyanna Reick-MitrisinAlyanna Reick-Mitrisin

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2023-2024 Counseling Intern

Alyanna is a counseling intern, earning her degree in Clinical Mental Health counseling at Georgia State University. Before that, she graduated from Xavier University with a B.S. in Psychology in 2020. Her experience with advocacy and community outreach began when she founded the Invisible Disabilities Club at Xavier University. Following graduation, she worked at a community behavioral health agency as an Intensive Integrated Care Manager where she advocated for clients’ health and wellness through community-based mental health care. Currently, she works as a Graduate Research Assistant for a project that explores interventions to improve coping with stress, reduce health risk behaviors, and enhance quality of life in underserved populations. Additionally, she is co-chair of the Wellness committee of the GSU chapter of CSI (Chi Sigma Iota).

Alyanna’s current areas of interests include life-transitions, stress/burnout, relationship concerns, and trauma. She identifies with person-centered, systems-focused, and gestalt approaches. Additionally, she is interested in implementing mindfulness and Narrative Exposure Therapy in her counseling practice. In her free time, she enjoys relaxing through walking, swimming, cooking, and exploring new coffee shops.

Fazleen SohaniFazleen Sohani

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2023-2024 Counseling Intern

Fazleen Sohani is working towards her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) from Georgia State University.  She has a Bachelor’s in Science in Business Information Systems.  She has also completed a Professional Program in Production in T.V., Film & Theater (TFT) from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Fazleen’s philosophy rests on the principle that each individual is special and a sum total of their unique life experiences. Her theoretical approach is that of Existential-humanistic informed by interventions such as Mindfulness & Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.  Her areas of interest include working with issues related to anxiety, depression, life’s transitions, grief, interpersonal relationships & Immigrant, and refugee settlement.  She strives to provide culturally sensitive, trauma-informed care.

Fazleen is an active volunteer in the Atlanta community working closely with the South Asian Diaspora and Refugee and Immigrant populations in GA.  Alongside counseling, she is a singer, actor, and an artist.  She aspires to bring learnings from her diverse background in the therapeutic setting.  She is interested in implementing Adventure & Play Therapy, Mindfulness and Narrative Exposure Therapy in her counseling practice. 

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.