Michele Cole,LCSW

Michele Cole,LCSW

Telehealth Available
Professions: Psychotherapist, Clinical Social Worker, Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW
Secondary Credential: LCSW
Billing and Insurance:
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519 Westfield Ave
Westfield, New Jersey 07090

My Approach to Helping

I believe the goal and reward of therapy is to be free of excessive emotional pain and distress, to better manage life's stressors, to feel greater peace, and to realize a more fulfilling and satisfying life. I see therapy as the process to help you clear the way to achieve your goals or dreams, and to enjoy more satisfying and meaningful relationships both with yourself and with others. My clients have described me as a warm and compassionate therapist, and I see our work as a collaborative journey towards self discovery and healing. My style is supportive, relational, insight-oriented, solution focused, and always respectful of your individual process.

I am an experienced therapist having worked in both private and clinical settings as a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, and clinical director. Whether you are looking to heal any unfinished business from the past, or you seek concrete tools, I use a variety of approaches and techniques tailored to your individual needs. My goal is to help you feel comfortable, supported, and understood.

More Info About My Practice

In addition to traditional, in office counseling, I offer web-based therapy (think Skype but HIPPA-compliant, more secure). It's private video conferencing using a webcam connection. It's easy to use, even if you're technically-challenged. It's a great option for busy professionals. Teletherapy sessions can save you travel time, give you greater convenience in scheduling, and allow you to "see" your therapist from the privacy of your own home, office, or any other location where you have your computer.

Many of my clients use a combination of in-office and teletherapy sessions. It is easy to set up and we test the connection, free, in advance of our first session. My therapy fees are consistent with that of other providers of similar services in New Jersey and New York. I am an out of network provider and happy to help you with any questions you may have about how to apply for out of network reimbursement, if you are eligible. I also offer sliding scale rates in some cases. Some insurance companies are now accepting claims for teletherapy services. Please let me know if you would like to have this service reimbursed by your insurance company and I will provide you with the information you will need.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

I came to be a therapist after years as a journalist, filmmaker, university professor, and business owner. No other work has provided me with the personal rewards that the therapist-client connection brings. It is an honor to be invited into my clients' life experience and so rewarding to witness them feel better and realize their goals. I truly love my work.

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Moms, parents, including adoptive parents, college-age adults, people in transition including career changes, those coping with depression, anxiety, grief, infertility, survivors of sexual abuse and those dealing with relationship difficulties.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

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