She/Her/HersLicensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW Master of Social Work, MSW Specialties • Insurance & Fees • Locations
Misty Cranston-Bates, LICSW (she/her/hers) is a queer black-multiracial therapist who has been practicing for 10 years. Misty holds a master’s in clinical social work from Smith College School of Social Work. At Smith College, she completed a thesis which explored the personal narratives of black womxn as it relates to the sociopolitical context of afro textured hair.
Misty’s areas of specialty include LGBTQ+ identity work; intersectional identity exploration; mood disorders; relationship and attachment dynamics; and supporting clients in accessing joy and rest to heal from burnout.
Misty is a relational cultural therapist who practices liberation health theory. She also draws from psychodynamic approaches and is trained in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) as well as solutions focused approaches. Through a social justice lens she helps individuals establish a balance of coping and resisting. She holds an affirming space where her clients can come to therapy as their true and authentic selves.
Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Race & cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity
LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Gender identity & transgender health - Exploring gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender variant identities; support throughout the process of transition
Work stress - Managing overwhelming stress and expectations; increasing effective ways of restoring and maintaining emotional stability and health; addressing challenging relationships with coworkers and bosses
Misty Cranston-Bates is not in-network with any insurances.
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Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
On occasion I am able to reduce my fees so that I can remain accessible to queer and trans clients of color who are unable to pay the full session cost. I do not have any openings for reduced fee sessions at this time, but please contact me if you would like to inquire about future openings.
I also offer no-cost gender affirming surgery letters for trans, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming adults. It is my belief that clients should not have to pay for the assessment or for the letter. Please get in touch with me if you would like to inquire about wait times for this service.
Years of Experience: 12 years
Fenway Health , Behavior Health Specialist , 2017 - Present
Smith College , MSW, 2012
University of Rhode Island , Bachelor's Degree , 2008