Comer Rudd-Gates NCC, ATR, LPC, CEDS
Registered Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist
Comer Rudd-Gates has been practicing for over 25 years. Her specialties include:
depression, anxiety, trauma, disordered eating/eating disorders, body image and the role of creativity in one’s healing. She works with youth, adults, families in individual and group settings. Ms. Rudd-Gates extensive years of practice has included: Yale-New Haven Hospital inpatient psychiatry/depression research unit, Atlanta Charter Peachford Hospital women’s eating disorder/trauma program, Atlanta Center for Anxiety and Eating Disorders, Atlanta Ladder to the Moon Intensive Outpatient Eating Disorder program, Atlanta, Dekalb County Sexual Assault Center (youth, families and individuals with disabilities trauma therapist) and Atlanta Child Advocacy Center (trained as a forensic youth interviewer, testified for youth in courts).
Ms. Rudd-Gates currently has a private practice in Guilford, CT and for last 12 years has been a lead therapist for a community mental health outpatient clinic, Gilead Community Services, Middletown, CT. She has been providing services for Prive Swiss since 2014.
Ms. Rudd-Gates co-produced an innovative film, Bodyspeaks: Finding A Voice Through Art Therapy, presenting art and personal stories of women who explore, cope and resolve struggles with disordered eating and negative body image. This film is used by colleges nationally and internationally, giving hope to those struggling. She initiated and co-founded a successful, city-wide eating disorder education and prevention program for Atlanta called “Listen to Your Body Week” involving college communities, businesses and arts-cultural organizations. Ms. Rudd-Gates curated a 6 year art show, “Hungry Souls: Nourishing Ourselves through Art” exploring body image, rotating each year to a different college campus throughout Atlanta. She has been a clinical supervisor for graduate art therapy students throughout the northeast.
Masters of Science, Expressive Therapy/Professional Counseling, Lesley College, Cambridge, MA.
Clinical Internships: McLean Psychiatric Hospital, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Certified Eating Disorder Specialist