When you come to Tacoma Psychology, you can be confident that the services you receive are state of the art.


Both Dr. Bates and Dr. Soleck work with adults regarding a wide range of mental health issues, including the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Work Problems
  • Relationship issues
  • ADHD
  • PTSD
  • Anger
  • Grief & Loss
  • Stress
  • Addiction
  • Bipolar Disorder
    (with medication)

In  addition, both Dr. Bates and Dr. Soleck specialize in treating adults who experience chronic pain. When it comes to chronic pain our goals are to help you learn to manage your pain, reduce your emotional distress, and build a new life that is rewarding and meaningful. Our training, clinical experience, and the inspirational examples of our previous patients have taught us that while pain is sometimes inevitable, suffering is optional.

Dr. Bates also performs learning disability evaluations for high school and college students hoping for academic accommodations in class or on standardized tests like the SAT/ACT or MCAT, and for injured workers hoping for assistance with vocational rehabilitation.


Dr. Bates has served as a medical expert for both defendants and plaintiffs in cases involving local businesses, school districts, police departments, and hospitals. He has worked with local attorneys, the State Attorney General’s Office, and the U.S. Attorney’s office. His primary experience is as a medical expert in personal injury and workers’ compensation cases.

Dr. Bates provides a range of forensic services including the following:

  • Detailed records reviews
  • Psychological examinations
  • Psychological testing
  • Mental health aspects of case strategy
  • Deposition and testimony

Dr. Bates does not do parenting or custody evaluations.