Michele Cole, Ph.D., LCSW
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 and a clinical intern working with her to help meet all the needs of clients who walk in the door. She earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy with a concentration in Clinical Social Work from The Catholic University of America in 2020. Dr. Cole’s area of study and dissertation was on children and young adults from divorced families with the outcome of a published study “Exploring Factors of Young Adults from Divorced Families”, which can be found below. Further, Dr. Cole is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from The Catholic University of America and holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Science from George Mason University – where she graduated cum laude. Dr. Cole’s graduate and undergraduate programs gave her the opportunity to work with adolescents and adults in a variety of clinical settings including those who were under court supervision, who attended a private special needs school (in Alexandria, Virginia), and who were in group therapy for drug rehabilitation. While the Clinical Supervisor at an inner city non-profit in Washington, D.C., Dr. Cole has supervised case managers and conducted individual and family therapy as well as social skills groups with court ordered at-risk youth. She has worked extensively with children and adolescents with Individual Education Plans. In addition, Dr. Cole was a School Guidance Counselor at a parochial school in Alexandria, VA. There, she created a program where she conducted class guidance lessons, individual therapy, small problem centered group therapy, and social skills groups with children.
Dr. Cole has been an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University and is currently an 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 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. Further, 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. In addition, in a private school setting she has written letters for accommodations for Student Assistance Plans (SEP), as well as for the SAT and ACT accommodations. Dr. Cole is available for ADHD screening, as well as Anxiety, Depression, Anger and Disruptive Behavior. 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. Dr. Cole is also an approved Clinical Supervisor in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is available to supervise residents in social work.