Acharya Christie Bates

Acharya Christie Bates

Brainspotting Professional, Meditation Teacher, Spiritual Director & Licensed Professional Counselor

I'm a Buddhist minister, spiritual director, and licensed professional counselor devoted to your healing and progress on a path to freedom.

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About Me

Throughout this lifetime, I've lived in the Southern US - Alabama for the first 18 years, then Tennessee from my college years until recently, when I moved to Mississippi to be available to my first grandchild. The road I've traveled personally has always included the two lanes of spirituality and psychology. It's been a lifelong study in how to help myself and others overcome unnecessary suffering.
I've undertaken contemplative study and practice in secular, Christian, and Buddhist settings, culminating in my Ordination as a Dharmacharya of the Embracing Simplicity Contemplative Order fou...

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What inspired me to become a wellness professional?

"MAINSTREAM" ANSWER: I encountered a lot of severe suffering early in life and yet had a sense that it didn't have to be that way. I was also a total nerd (gladly) and by the 4th grade was reading "This Stranger My Son," a memoir from the mom of a young man dealing with schizophrenia.
"WOO-WOO" ANSWER: Who I am now has inherited a mind/heart-stream that has been devoted to service. This stream of awareness has reappeared in American culture - which is so rampant with greed, hatred and delusion - for the purpose of continuing the work of uprooting these causes of unnecessary suffering, for m...

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How my clients describe their first visit?

I don't know what they say to their friends, but I often hear things like, "Well, now I'm excited. This is the most hopeful I've felt in a long time!"

What I say to someone who has never tried brainspotting?

When expertly guided by an attuned facilitator, brainspotting is highly-targeted form of mind/body practice. You are accidentally doing brainspotting all the time, actually, as your system is constantly trying to process material that has gotten stuck.

Location & Appointment Details


  • Initial Appointment: $125

  • Appointment: $125

  • By appointment only

  • Virtual visit available

Payment Methods

  • Credit Card

  • Heath Savings Account (HSA)

  • Venmo

  • Debit Card

  • Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)

Insurance Accepted

  • Out of Network