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About Dr. Cole

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Dr. Kenneth Cole, PsyD, LMHC

Dr. Kenneth Cole, PsyD, LMHC

Dr. Kenneth Cole graduated from Simpson College in 1981 with a BA in psychology. Kenneth then accepted the position of youth program coordinator at Job Therapy Inc. in Seattle, Washington, where he worked to transition homeless youth from the streets of Seattle into beneficial and stable living situations. During that time Kenneth attended Seattle University and graduated in 1984 with a Masters in psychology degree. At that time Kenneth accepted a therapist’s position with the McGraw Center, an inpatient psychiatric unit for severely mentally disabled adolescents at Seattle Children’s Home.

In 1994 Kenneth established a private practice in Tri-Cities, WA and received specialized training in mediation services. In 1996 Kenneth successfully passed the National Board for Certified Counselors credentialing exam and accepted the position of mental health counselor with Sunderland Family Treatment Services in Kennewick, Washington. Over the course of the next six years Kenneth provided mental health counseling to hundreds of Tri-City families, adults, adolescents and children.

In 2001, because of significant changes in the public mental health care system, Kenneth began the process of establishing a private practice; Kenneth Cole Counseling, Inc. Kenneth began his full-time private practice in 2002 and since that time has continued to provide mental health services to a wide variety of Tri-Citians.

Over the years of providing mental health services Kenneth became aware of a growing crisis in the legal system. Since mental health deinstitutionalization in the 1980s, an alarmingly high percentage of mentally ill individuals have become involved in the judicial process, and subsequently incarcerated. As a result it is now commonly accepted that jails have become our nation’s largest mental health facilities, a role that they are ill-equipped and untrained to provide. For that reason, Kenneth decided to pursue a doctorate in psychology focusing on forensic services. In 2005, while maintaining his full-time private practice in Kennewick, Washington, Kenneth began pursuing his doctoral education at Antioch University Seattle. After commuting to Seattle each weekend for the better part of five years Kenneth received his doctorate in clinical psychology in June 2011. Kenneth achieved licensure as a clinical psychologist in the State of Washington in 2014.