Anna Scates, LMSW

Education & credentials

  • Master of Social Work, Michigan State University
  • Bachelors of Science in Psychology, Michigan State University
  • Fully Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Michigan
  • Clinical Social Work with Families Certificate, Michigan State University


I use elements of psychodynamic, emotionally focused and cognitive behavioral therapy in my practice. I believe that all people have personal insight, resiliency and ability to change. I also believe that all people need to be validated, encouraged, and valued. I use those fundamentals when working with individuals, couples and families. I aim to help my clients achieve their goals for treatment by providing them with support, a new perspective and tools to facility change. My approach to therapy focuses on the ability to recognize internal barriers that prevent change, promoting self-growth and restoring connection. I strive to create a safe, client-centered, and comforting therapeutic environment.

Personal Statement

It is a humbling and inspiring experience to work with dedicated individuals who allow me to be part of their lives. I appreciate each and every story, emotion, achievement and setback that is shared with me! I believe that “we either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong, the amount of work is the same.

Special Interests

  • Trauma
  • Depression and Suicidal Ideation
  • Anxiety
  • Couple and Family Therapy
  • Mood Instability
  • Grief and Loss
  • Anger Management
  • Eating Disorders

About me

What do you love doing more than anything in the world?
I love creating things and learning new things.

What is the self-care strategy you use most often?
My favorite self-care activity is to read a mystery novel while drinking hot tea.

What was your dream job when you were in elementary school?
In elementary school I always dreamed about becoming a pediatrician.

What is your favorite movie of all time?
Most Robert De Niro movies.

Describe your ideal vacation? Has it happened yet?
I would love to go to an island for my ideal vacation.

What is the most delicious meal you can imagine?
Any homemade Armenian meal my family prepares that includes my grandmother’s signature baklava.

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Schedule & Appointments

If you're interested in scheduling a new client appointment with Anna Scates therapist, call 810-494-7180

If you are an existing client of Anna Scates's and need to reach her directly, call her 517-862-1615