About Us

Moving Forward, PLC was created by our founder Michele Cole, Ph.D, LCSW in 2007. She began her own practice prompted by wanting to find a flexible schedule while raising her now grown daughters. Michele has many years of practice experience in addition to twin daughters who are now 20 years old and a daughter who is 25 years old. Having gone through a divorce herself, Michele is very knowledgeable by both training and personal experience what separation and divorce is like. Currently, Michele is pursuing a PhD in philosophy with a distinction in Social Work at The Catholic University of America. Her area of focus for her dissertation is Children of Divorce, and she currently has submitted research and articles in this area for publication. Also, she has been interviewed for radio and you can hear her speak on what she sees is the best way to go about navigating a divorce successfully with children. Michele has a passion for helping others, and has spent many years working to create a practice with like minded therapists. 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.

Michele Cole, Ph.D., LCSW
Michele Cole, Ph.D., LCSW
Director/Psychotherapist
Michele is the founder of Moving Forward, PLC, a private practice in Old Town, Alexandria in 2007. Moving Forward, PLC is a private practice that...
Amy E.S. Lehman, LPC
Amy E.S. Lehman, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Amy is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Amy began her career teaching fourth grade in Washington, DC.
Ali Meyer, LCSW
Ali Meyer, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Ali Meyer, LCSW, LICSW, LCSW-C, is a licensed clinical social worker who is certified in Virginia, The District of Columbia, and Maryland.
Megan Green, M.A., NCC
Megan Green, M.A., NCC
Licensed Resident in Counseling
Megan is a Licensed Resident in Counseling in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and Master’s degree in...
Elizabeth Welch, MA, NCC
Elizabeth Welch, MA, NCC
Licensed Resident in Counseling & Licensed Resident in Marriage and Family Therapy
Ali Meyer, LCSW, LICSW, LCSW-C, is a licensed clinical social worker who is certified in Virginia, The District of Columbia, and Maryland.
Rachel Jenkins, LMSW
Rachel Jenkins, LMSW
Licensed Masters Social Worker
Rachel is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in Virginia, a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Provider (CCATP) and a Certified Brain Injury...
Katie Turco, BA
Katie Turco, BA
Clinical Intern
Katie is currently pursuing a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Johns Hopkins University.