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About John "Preston" Cole, LCSW

Preston believes that the process of therapy works best when a patient is motivated for change and can engage in honest self-reflection. He has learned over the past seven years as a lead therapist that one of the most important factors that predict success in therapy is the alignment and therapeutic rapport between the therapist and the patient. Preston may give direction and advice if solicited, but he believes the patient possesses the internal strength and direction to improve life satisfaction and mental well-being. He is from Kings Mountain, NC, and found early experience in public service with volunteering at the Special Olympics and completing a service project for the Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts. Preston uses a Strengths-Based approach which seeks to amplify the strengths and areas of resilience within the patient to tackle other challenges they are facing, as well as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Crisis De-Escalation, and Motivational Interviewing. 

Partial List of Treatment Areas

  • Major Life Change: grief, divorce, etc
  • Alcohol Use
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Bipolar
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Disorder
  • Couples/Marital Therapy
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disability
  • PTSD - Childhood Trauma
  • Family / Parenting Therapy
  • PTSD - Victim of Abuse
  • Parent/Child Concerns
  • OCD
  • Drug Use (non-opioid)
  • Pain Disorder
  • Personality Disorder
  • Phobia
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sexual Functioning Concerns
  • PTSD - Single Incident/Shock
  • badge-3 TelehealthSignifies the completion of a mental health telehealth training program

Education & Certifications

– Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from
University of North Carolina Charlotte
– Masters of Social Work from
University of North Carolina Wilmington – Minor in Child and Family Development
– Eagle Scout Award – 2001
– Certified Trauma-Informed Therapist

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July 24, 2021

Dr. Preston made me feel very comfortable about discussing my feelings and insecurities about my family and myself. Dr. Preston makes me and my wife feel as though we can talk about anything. We have many insecurities and often feel threatened to speak about certain subjects with most therapists, bo not with Dr. Preston. Thank you so much.


July 5, 2021

Preston really connected with our daughter.


July 1, 2021

He is helpful for me


June 21, 2021

Preston is very in tuned to what I need help with, he knows how to approach the specific treatment models that will benefit me and he actually listens and shows me that he cares. So far in my treatment with Preston he has presented himself as a kind, caring, judgment free clinician that s genuinely interested in helping me heal from traumas I don t understand and don t know how to get through. And he s rolled up his sleeves and has started navigating me through some troubled waters.


June 16, 2021

John Preston Cole continues to help me every time we talk. I'd like to acknowledge him and his great work.


June 16, 2021

I absolutely adore Preston. He s been the only therapist I ve spoken with that has made me genuinely excited about therapy and made me face myself. I rave about him to all of my friends and family.


June 7, 2021

Preston is perfect for me


May 17, 2021

Preston s approach to providing and wanting to provide trauma-focused treatment support comes off as genuine and that he actually cares. After only a couple of sessions, Preston still seems to be the right fit for me, in helping me work through my complex trauma and experiences I need help with.


May 17, 2021

It's very easy to work with in general.


May 6, 2021

Preston has done an incredible job working with me and guiding me through each conversation and making me feel comfortable to open up. Very professional, and helpful!


May 5, 2021

Preston is amazing and has helped me a lot.


May 4, 2021

He like a friend now, saved my life!


April 29, 2021

He is a good listener and a very big help. Thanks


April 21, 2021

Mr. Cole was very nice and patience


April 14, 2021

Great 1st session with Preston.


April 14, 2021

We are really happy with Mindpath. John Preston is very kind and he is doing a great job! We would highly recommend Mindpath to others. Thank you!


April 8, 2021

I m getting so much out of my appointments! The sessions have been so helpful to me in a tough time.

Tropical Storm Isaias is headed towards the Carolinas

Tropical Storm Isaias is headed towards the Carolinas. Please note that we plan to be open for appointments; however, be aware that power outages may be widespread which may impact telehealth and other appointments. We may not know until the last minute in all of our locations on Tuesday. Please be patient. We will waive missed appointment charges on Tuesday, August 4th in light of complications from the weather. If you and your provider are unable to connect, we will reach out to reschedule your appointment as soon as possible.