Sandra Cole, LMSW, ACSW
As far back as I can remember, I have always had a passion for people. I thrive on helping others, especially those who are hurting and vulnerable. Even in high school, I became a peer helper to work with elementary school children who were struggling. So, as I tried to decide what career to pursue in college, it was a natural fit for me to become a therapist.
In the 25+ years I have worked as a therapist, I have been honored by so many people who have entrusted me with their pain, hurts, fears, worries, secrets, and desperation. Working as partners, we have worked to make sense of the senseless and heal the hurts. My greatest joy has been seeing my clients achieve what they never thought possible.
My clients have healed from trauma, worked through hurts, strengthened relationships, overcome depression and anxiety, and have learned to like and even love themselves. They have learned to trust others, grieve and survive loss, and find a renewed joy and purpose in life. They have learned to move forward from toxic relationships, invest in themselves, and find healthy, strong connection with others. I have been blessed to know each person who has walked through my door.
Experience and Qualifications
I am a fully licensed Master's Level Social Worker--Clinical and Macro in the State of Michigan and also have the ACSW credential through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). I am a member in good standing with the NASW as well as with the International Association of Trauma Professionals.
I earned a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 1994. Before obtaining a Master's Degree, I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Spanish also from the University of Michigan. Aside from three years during which I moved to Maine to work in the National Health Service Corp, I have invested my professional career in Jackson, striving to help people heal and find hope in their lives. I have served in several different agencies in the Jackson community, working as a lead therapist and clinical director, helping to train new therapists and develop therapy and prevention programs, in addition to my many years as a therapist. I have worked with adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families around many different issues. I have also created and led support groups and therapy groups while also teaching classes and developing different community workshops and groups to help the people of Jackson.