Wendy Coates, LMFT








Phone:  (703) 776-9019

Fax:       (703) 776-9019 (same as phone)

Email:   wcoates@atlcgr.com

Wendy W. Coates, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist in California and Virginia. She received her bachelors of arts degree in psychology from the University of California, Irvine, and her masters of arts degree in counseling psychology from the University of San Francisco.

In 1994, Wendy began her career at Marin County Juvenile Services providing individual, family, and group therapy for high-risk families in the juvenile justice system. This setting was the foundation for her focus on treating domestic abuse, anger management, and trauma recovery. While living in California, she also worked as a psychiatric social worker for Ross Hospital. The acute inpatient psychiatric setting provided extensive diagnostic, treatment, and crisis intervention experience. In addition, she worked as a therapist contracted with Sacramento County Child Protective Services family reunification program. At this location, she provided individual and family therapy as well as court ordered evaluations.

Following her relocation to northern Virginia in 2005, Wendy completed postgraduate coursework in marriage and family therapy at Virginia Tech. While living in Virginia, she has been facilitating batterer intervention, domestic violence, and anger management treatment programs for Loudoun County. In addition, Wendy specializes in working with couples, individuals, and teens. As a couples therapist, she uses her postgraduate training in EFT. When working with individuals, she uses CBT and narrative therapy techniques. Wendy is an acceptance-based therapist who holds a curious, non-pathologizing stance. Working collaboratively with her clients creates a healing therapeutic alliance and facilitates positive change and growth. She is a voting member of the Virginia Batterer Intervention Program Certification Board. She is also a clinical member of AAMFT and VAMFT.