Jason Cole a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) with over 26 years of experience in the mental health field. He has worked with adolescents, adults, couples and families in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, private practice counseling, residential, crisis services, and inpatient. In addition to working in private practice, Jason is also a clinical therapist working on the adult unit at Linden Oaks hospital. Jason received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and received his Master’s degree in Community Mental Health from Roosevelt University.
Jason believes that counselors are like shoes, not everyone fits. Relationships are everything in building motivation and the potential for change. He believes that people are people that should not be defined by their diagnoses, and always deserve to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect. One of Jason’s many strengths includes building a strong therapeutic relationship with his clients by meeting them where they are at, and working with them to help evoke their own motivations and reasons to make changes in their lives. Life is difficult enough, and being vulnerable and willing to engage in counseling can be anxiety producing in itself. Jason is easy going and easy to talk to! He will help you manage any anxiety about coming into treatment and see the benefits of counseling.
Jason has extensive experience in working with adults and adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, self esteem, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder and addictions. He also thoroughly enjoys working with couples and families. Jason is a client centered counselor, who utilizes motivational interviewing to work with his clients to help identify their own reasons to change. He is also fluent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and Assertive and commitment therapy (ACT). Jason believes that we don’t live to do treatment, we do treatment to live.
Jason believes in having balance between work and play, and he enjoys spending time being active in biking, swimming, hiking and anything outside!
Jason’s Recommended Readings:
The Five Love languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts – Gary Chapman
Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life – Stephen Hayes
The Happiness Trap – Stephen Hayes
Loosening the Grip – Jean Kinney
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work – John Gottman
Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving – Pete Walker