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

Primary 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 therapy, 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 on-going mental health issues. She prioritizes reinforcing healthy coping strategies in the family dynamic as students discover what is at the root of their choices. Further, she believes in the student's ability to uncover their own answers while addressing their past and current emotional patterns.

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!