Phone: (815) 288-1235
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About Us

Meet Melissa Gates

Melissa Gates of Path to Healing. Serving Dixon, IL and beyond.A graduate of Aurora University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW), Melissa Gates has nearly 30 years of clinical experience in the fields of behavioral/mental health, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of children, adolescents and adults. Since 2001, Ms. Gates has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Ms. Gates is a certified mediator of the 15th Judicial District in cases of divorce, parental allocation of rights, parenting time, co-parenting issues and reunification.

“As a psychotherapist, I am devoted both to helping my clients with the distress and overwhelming challenges life can present, while inspiring them to find balance, empowerment and contentment as they reach for their goals and personal potential. My depth of experience has led me to a firm belief that individuals can achieve their own idea of happiness through a holistic approach that focuses on the mind, body and spirit. My therapeutic approach is tailored to my clients’ needs and goals. My role is to create a safe, empowering, respectful environment. Your role is to take the first step that will lead you to discover your path to healing.”

Meet Shannon Dean

” I’ve provided a wide variety of behavioral health services over the past 19 years in a variety of community settings. During that time, I’ve had the opportunity to help families, individuals, and couples on their journey to be their healthiest version of themselves. It is my belief that we all strive to be as healthy as we can. However, sometimes we need support, new skills, and a dedicated time to reflect on the changes we will make. I am honored to have clients share their journey with me and to be given the opportunity to help clients attain personal growth. I am devoted to helping clients achieve their goals.I tend to approach each client as unique individuals and my style can vary depending on the need of the person. I do believe in addressing the whole person-mind, body, and spirit. I have experience in CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), and other eclectic models of therapy. I am also an EMDR trained and certified therapist. My role is to help others meet their goals, find the healthiest version of themselves, and find sustained personal growth. I look forward to the opportunity to meet and work collaboratively together.”