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COVID-19 Notice

We take the health and well-being of the Moving Forward, PLC community very seriously, and like you, we're closely monitoring the quickly developing recommendations regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Please closely monitor individuals attending sessions and family members prior to entering Moving Forward, PLC for any COVID symptoms. Therapists can move your in person session to a virtual session; if there are questions regarding the health of anyone in your family due to COVID or COVID like symptoms. Further we ask that only one parent come to bring a child/adolescent to any in person sessions to decrease people in the office.

Until further notice masks are required for individuals who have not been vaccinated and optional for those who have been vaccinated. Thank you as we work to keep everyone healthy.

Please Note: While the office will be open for in-person sessions, all therapists will continue to provide clients with the option of conducting sessions via a virtual platform.

Moving Forward, PLC

Moving Forward, PLC was created by our founder Michele Cole, Ph.D., LCSW in 2007. Each therapist that consults for Moving Forward, PLC has been thoroughly vetted and holds the highest levels of integrity and education and training. She feels confident that any therapist you choose to work with at Moving Forward, PLC will give you what you need to move forward in your life. Our combined work here at Moving Forward, PLC seeks to help all people who engage in the therapeutic process to make changes in their lives that are significant and will impact their future and how they engage with others and help them further their ability to make directive choices in their lives and the lives of others.


Moving Forward, PLC is approved as an out of network provider for Tricare to support our military families. Although Moving Forward PLC does not participate with any insurances, many clients submit for reimbursement. Please call or email us for more information, or to discuss setting up a virtual or in-person appointment.

Michele Cole, Ph.D., LCSW


Currently an Adjunct Professor at Ramapo College of New Jersey teaching Human Behavior in the Social Environment – Theory; past Adjunct Professor in the MSW program at The Catholic University of America teaching Human Development and Psychopathology in addition to Clinical Social Work with Adults.

Dr. Cole is the founder of Moving Forward, PLC, a private practice in Old Town, Alexandria in 2007. Moving Forward, PLC is a private practice that has 6 other therapists working with her to help meet all the needs of clients who walk in the door. She has been an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University and is currently an Adjunct Professor at The Catholic University of America. Dr. Cole has her Ph.D. in philosophy with a distinction in clinical social work. Her area of study and dissertation was done on children and young adults from divorced families. You can read Dr. Cole’s dissertation: Exploring Factors of Depressive Symptoms in Young Adults from Divorced Families by clicking on the link. Dr. Cole has conducted individual and group psychotherapy in private practice with children, adolescents, adults and couples. She has also taught social skills individually and in groups to children and adolescents. Dr. Cole has conducted school observations to help parents and school administrators best accommodate children and adolescents with special needs. In addition, she has reviewed and advocated to school appointed Individual Education Plan (IEP) teams where she has made successful recommendations for an IEP to be put into place for clients. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults, parents, couples, and families. Dr. Cole has significant experience in working with issues relating to anxiety, separation/divorce issues, trauma, depression, social skills, addictions, grief, anger management, compulsive behaviors (OCD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Conduct Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger’s Syndrome), and Tourette’s Syndrome.

“Let’s Talk Divorce” Radio Interview

Michele’s feature in Northern Virginia Magazine is live. Follow the link to learn more about what it’s really like to be recruited as a college athlete in NoVA.

How We Can Help

Individual Therapy

Individual Therapy

At Moving Forward we have therapists that can work individually with your child, adolescent or you in adult therapy.

Couples Therapy

Couples Therapy

Our therapists’ work from several modes for clinical theory orientation in couples counseling. When working with couples a solution focused model...

Family Therapy

Family Therapy

Michele Cole, Ph.D, LCSW has a special interest in working with families and was clinically trained by Marianne Walters.

Group Therapy

Group Therapy

All the therapists in our practice are trained in group therapy and our practice focuses on children and adolescent groups working on social...

Play Therapy

Play Therapy

As therapists working with young children we are able to use play therapy to assist children as young as 2 years old to work through individual...



Our 7-year-old daughter started seeing Michele to help her work through her feelings as she adjusted to our divorce. The sessions were very helpful, especially with a child who is not naturally inclined to want to talk about what bothers her. She both benefited from and enjoyed her time with Michele, and is now happy and well-adjusted, with a strong relationship with both of her parents. Our time with Michele was well-spent, and we look back on it as one of the best decisions we made during that very difficult family transition.

Michele Cole was recommended by a close friend when our teen daughter was grappling with peers at school making bad choices, her own self-doubts, and feeling unhappy. Michele worked as our full partner and our daughter’s trusted advisor to work through her feelings and behaviors and develop self-guided resiliency and inner strength without medication. We are immensely grateful for Michele’s impact on our daughter. Michele assisted our daughter to build on her strengths, to develop habits and self-discipline for taking good care of herself and to cultivate a mindset that naturally flows to healthy choices. Our daughter led her own college application process, has been accepted to 4 universities and counting before February of her senior year, and most importantly she is happy, grounded, and balanced in her view of herself. In our daughter’s own words, “Michele Cole's warm yet purposefully demanding guidance helped me see the world in a way I did not know was possible. When my last session arose it was bitter sweet: Michele had become a part of our family.”

My son is a very different person today from the child we first brought to see Michele in her practice. We could not be more grateful for the way she helped him to understand and cope with his Tourette Syndrome and all the behaviors that come with that diagnosis. She listened to him talk about what he was going through, and what he was feeling, and gave him the coping tools he needed to succeed. He is a young teenager now and has started high school. He has excelled in school and is using the tools that Michele gave him to manage all the new stresses that come with this phase of his life.

Our daughter’s anxiety was terrible, for her and for us. I never thought I would send my 3 1/2 year old daughter to a therapist, but all our attempts to decrease J's rages and anger had failed. The first time J met Michele, J let me leave the room and she played with Michele for 45 minutes. I knew at that moment we had picked the right person to help our daughter. J is now a flourishing 7 year old. We have not seen Michele for years, but her lessons on identifying emotions and working with anxiety and frustration still help all of us. I am eternally grateful for Michele’s gentle demeanor and her incredible work with J.

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