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James Cole, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Trauma and abuse Depression Coping with life changes Coaching
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About me

Welcome! I am glad you are here!

My name is James Michael Cole (please, call me Michael) and I am a licensed mental health professional who is entering his eighth year as a licensed and practicing professional.

I hold two Bachelor's degrees in Business and Social Work, a Master's degree in Social Work, and a clinical license in good standing with full diagnostic and treatment privileges to practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am also certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (C-DBT), child welfare, and as a Clinical Trauma Professional (C-CTP).

Over the years I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings with folks from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and have professional experience in everything from triage, child welfare, SPMI (serious and persistent mental illnesses), and co-occurring disorders (substance use and mental health occurring at the same time) to couples-counseling, issues of grief/loss, and individual psychotherapy sessions to work on building skills and strategies to improve the quality of every-day life for people. I am also an experienced diagnostician and own a small private practice that contracts with others to provide services.

My approach to services is eclectic in nature, which is to say that I shift my approach to meet your needs, whatever those may be. I do not believe in "cookie-cutter approaches" to this kind of work as each person is unique as are their needs and goals. You deserve a clinician that you can trust and who is focused on your specific needs and this is what I strive to provide every client I see.

I am very excited to meet you and to get started on addressing the concerns/issues that brought you in to see me. Please, don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

Thank you!

Professional experience

8yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Avoidant Personality, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Isolation/Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Gottman Method, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

ND LCSW 5244


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for James Cole. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

James has so far been a big help during a difficult time.

Written on Feb 01, 2023 after therapy with James for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

He's a great listener. Genuinely wants to know more about you. He helped me with changing my perspective on life.

Written on Jan 27, 2023 after therapy with James for 1 month on issues concerning depression, addictions, parenting issues, and career difficulties

Michael is awesome and never pushes to speak on things you are not ready. He gives amazing guidance and ways to cope based on who i am and working with me.

Written on Jan 19, 2023 after therapy with James for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, anger management, and adhd

I. ABSOLUTELY. LOVE. THIS. MAN. He’s so open about his own life which makes me feel even better to be open about mine. He feels like my best friend and we’ve only had two live sessions. A best friend with professional advice. He’s so understanding and doesn’t make me feel bad about what I’ve done or what I’ve been through. He truly cares about the well being of his clients. I cannot express enough how phenomenal he is. 5 stars. 10/10 would recommend.

Written on Jan 15, 2023 after therapy with James for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, com

He has been great at listening and giving me helpful feedback! He is educated and has realistic suggestions. He has beed responsive and engaged . I have enjoyed his help.

Written on Jan 01, 2023 after therapy with James for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes