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Healing Minds in Oakhurst


OAKHURST – A licensed clinical social worker with 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist, is helping to heal minds at Adventist Health / Community Care – Oakhurst.

Nina Farley-Bates is a native of Kingsburg who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Fresno. After earning her degree, she went on to earn a Master of Social Welfare from University of California, Berkeley.

“When two of my family members suffered different types of brain injuries there was little hope at that time to help them heal from their cognitive impairments, so their lives had become much more difficult,” she says, “that’s when I decided to apply to UC, Berkeley, because I wanted to learn how to help people.”

While at Berkeley and during internship training at University California, San Francisco in San Francisco and Fresno, she learned how to help people, like her family members, recover from life-changing events that affect their mental, emotional and spiritual health.

She furthered her education by earning a Doctor of Behavioral Health from Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.

Now, Farley-Bates focuses on integrated lifestyle health and psychotherapy to relieve depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“I believe what’s healthy for the heart, is healthy for the brain and what’s healthy for the brain, is good for the mind,” she says.

Farley-Bates may be reached at Community Care – Oakhurst, 48677 Victoria Lane, with a phone number of (559) 683-2711.

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