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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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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.