Deirdre A. Cole,LCSW, BCD

Deirdre A. Cole,LCSW, BCD

Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Other
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Mount Kisco, New York 10549

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My Approach to Helping

I offer mindfulness-based psychotherapy in approaching problems of living.

Mindfulness-based psychotherapy is about rediscovering the experience of basic goodness, peacefulness, wisdom and calm. It is about becoming fully present. It is a bodily as well as a mental experience. Mindfulness helps the mind expand. With practice, one steadily can become aware of, rather than governed by, feelings, thoughts, and reactions. Mindfulness is a capacity to watch these things AS they are happening. As this capacity of mindfulness grows in us, that which is mindful, the one who is watching, can little by little begin to act as inner guide.

You are not your problems. Even if you feel like your difficulties--including past trauma--are defining you, they are not who you are, they are something you have which you need to familiarize yourself with by learning how to listen to what your deeper nature is saying to you. Much of the suffering that brings one to therapy can be found in negative feelings and beliefs, in theories one has towards oneself. The ultimate healing can come through recognizing and reconnecting with your essential nature, verses your conditioning, seeing who exactly is there rather than defining yourself through the haze of your own or another's theories and assumptions. Everything's a rumor until it's true for you.

Buddhism teaches us that our basic goodness is not an invention. It doesn't need to be created or imagined. It can't be bought or sold. And even if it becomes buried, it cannot be destroyed. Who we are becomes hidden to us by our conditioning. In that forgetfulness, in the absence of a mindful mind, we are dragged around by our thoughts and emotions (both positive & negative,) our reactions and sensations. We experience things like anxiety, depression, traumatic stress, everyday stress, tension in relationships, even stressful happiness! We believe we are the wave (our thoughts, emotions, etc.) rather than recognizing we are the ocean from which the waves of our experiences arise and return.

So what can we do? Bring compassion. It may sound very simple, yet it is extremely powerful to cultivate an attitude of loving-kindness towards yourself. I know this to be true personally and have seen it over and over again in my professional life. Kindness can gently lead to understanding. From understanding, compassion can arise. Compassion is key. I will provide you the best possible care through a treatment approach that is tailored to you in a safe, respectful, supportive, collaborative healing environment.

More Info About My Practice

I do not participate in or interact with any insurance plans. If you have out-of-network coverage I would suggest you contact your insurance company to check coverage for therapy sessions,

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

The purpose of therapy is to provide the proper causes and conditions that enable what is uniquely you to heal and then to flower . This may sound... well, flowery, especially if you're suffering deeply or feel inadequate, or don't like yourself, or you are basically struggling to get through a day. However, ultimately this is the point and purpose of psychotherapy. You rely on therapy so that eventually you don't have to. The roots of your true self deepen and grow. Until they eventally outgrow the pot. And a mindful and kind mind can become the something you can truly rely on.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

It is a genuine and humbling privilege to work with people who, though they don't feel particularly courageous, are.
People who genuinely desire to come to some truth and clarity about their situation, their life, their own heart. And dedicate time and energy to that pursuit. These have been my teachers. I am very grateful to be your guide.

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Services I Provide

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Specializations: Anxiety & fears; panic, Trauma & Post Traumatic Stress; Dissociation; Eating Problems & Body Image Issues; Grief, Death & Dying; Aging; Life Transitions; Women's Issues; Spiritual Development & Mindfulness Meditation.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Cancer
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Panic
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Body Psychotherapy
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Focusing
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Somatic Psychotherapy

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