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A. LaToya Bates, MSSA, LCSW-C has over 27 years of professional experience working with families and children facing traumatic events in their lives.  She earned her Master’s Degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio, and her undergraduate Bachelor Degree at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio.  She spent a significant part of her career as a Social Worker in child protective services, therapeutic foster care, adoptions and independent living for adolescents.  Those experiences began in Cleveland, Ohio then continued later in Arlington, Virginia and in Baltimore, Maryland as a Supervisor for the Intake and Assessment Unit.  She has held positions with the Maryland State Department of Education and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments managing grant-funded programs that enhanced the lives of special needs children in Baltimore County, Wicomico County, and Washington, DC.  

Ms. Bates accepted a position with the University of Maryland School of Social Work providing clinical instruction on effective social work practice to new Maryland State employees as well as ongoing instructional social work training to current State employees.  Ms. Bates is the current Director of the Center for Infant & Child Loss within the University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics.  Ms. Bates travels the State providing Bereavement/Maternal Interview training to professionals working directly with families experiencing the unexpected death of an infant or child. 

Ms. Bates works part time as a clinical therapist providing a wide range of mental health services to children, adolescents, adults and couples.  As a Licensed Clinical Therapist, Ms. Bates accepts most major insurances.  Her specialties include:

  • Cognitive Therapy for weight management
  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Grief & Loss
  • Foster Care & Adoption
  • Parenting Issues

Ms. Bates currently accepts Carefirst (Blue Cross and Blueshield, Bluechoice, etc) of Maryland, John Hopkins Healthcare (EHP and USSF), as well as CIGNA.