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Elizabeth Coates, M.S.W., C.S.W.

Drug and Alcohol Therapist
elizabeth@vistatc.com

Pursuing both a passion for the outdoors and supporting therapeutic change for others, Elizabeth moved to Utah to work as a wilderness adventure therapy guide after earning a Bachelor’s of Social Work in 2012. In wilderness, Elizabeth worked with young adults struggling with co-occurring issues of substance use and mental health diagnoses. Working with young adults as they sorted out their decisions of recovery inspired Elizabeth to pursue a Master’s of Social Work Degree with a focus on Substance Use. 

Elizabeth completed a clinical internship as a therapist at an adult intensive outpatient program for drug and alcohol dependency. She worked with adults navigating the legal system, financial and interpersonal tensions and barriers to living a healthy life in recovery. While completing her internship, Elizabeth also worked with homeless youth, in a drop-in shelter setting, that were facing a multitude of personal and environmental barriers, including persistent substance use and dependence.

Elizabeth places a lot of value in the importance of the family system when it comes to treating substance use. She views substance use as being a potential traumatizing force for both the person using and loved ones. She loves being able to partner with youth as they sort out their decisions around substance use. 

In her free time, Elizabeth loves all things outdoors, sewing, gathering with friends around good food, walking her two dogs and taking time to rejuvenate!