Tony Bates, AM, LSW, JD

Proactive Therapist Chicago - Tony Bates

Tony earned his Master’s degree from the University of Chicago. He also holds degrees from the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Oklahoma.

Tony works with individuals who wish to create meaningful change in their lives. His specialty is working with adults who are struggling with difficult thoughts, painful feelings, or challenging life circumstances and who find themselves coping with those stressors in unhelpful or ineffective ways. He helps his clients be more present in their daily lives, regulate their distressing emotions, increase their willingness to move toward their life values, and identify commitments that will help create a more purposeful, fulfilling life.

Tony has experience working with adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, OCD, panic attacks, addictive behaviors, PTSD, emotion dysregulation, and interpersonal difficulties. As a non-practicing attorney, he is particularly sensitive to the demands and pressures of law, medicine, business, and consulting.

He is passionate about providing high-quality treatment that is backed by the latest advances in scientific research. He has been extensively trained in the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and other evidence-based treatment interventions such as Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and mindfulness. He is committed to lifelong learning and participates regularly in ongoing education and consultation opportunities. Tony was elected to sit on the board of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) and holds the position of Secretary of the Chicago chapter.

Tony believes in the importance of collaboration in the therapy room, and will work with you to develop an individual treatment plan to help move you closer to your treatment goals. Tony practices from a behavioral perspective, which means the focus will be on doing things differently and noticing what happens. He will work with you to identify what really matters to you—who or what in your life gives you a sense of meaning or purpose—and will help you to develop skills that will allow you to take concrete steps toward a more enriching life.


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