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Misty Cranston-Bates(She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Relationship issues-Race & cultural identity- LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics-Gender identity & transgender health- Work stress-

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Professional statement

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.

Message to clients

For a number of reasons we are all living through a difficult global moment. It is my belief that this significantly impacts mental health and wellbeing; compounding upon any preexisting mental health struggles you may have. On top of this, I imagine you may have a never ending list of responsibilities. Perhaps you are left feeling as though you have nothing for yourself by the end of the day. This level of overwhelm is not uncommon.

For people of marginalized identities, there are even more barriers to accessing a sense of personal and collective freedom. If you are looking to get back to yourself or find your true self, you have come to the right place. I believe that therapy is a place to work through struggle and pain, but just as important is making room for joy, dreaming, imagination, rest, and connection. Audre Lorde said it best, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 12 years

Fenway Health , Behavior Health Specialist

Smith College , MSW, 2012
University of Rhode Island , Bachelor's Degree , 2008


Massachusetts: 119352




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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples

Locations & Hours


Misty Cranston-Bates is not in-network with any insurances.

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Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$175 (45min)
  • Initial session:$175 (45min)
  • Couples sessions:$225 (45min)

Additional session information

Payment options
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
Therapist's note

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.