Les Cole, D.Min., LPC, CCTP, CPCS, CGP, is Vice President of Adolescent Clinical Services at Skyland Trail, where he, in partnership with the medical director for adolescent services, guides adolescent clinical programming and leads the clinical team.
He is a passionate practitioner in the field of mental health, spirituality, and psychology. His career has focused on working with adolescents and their families in a myriad of settings including Cobb County’s Juvenile Court, Department of Family and Children Services, and School System in addition to adolescent residential facilities, private practice, and community based therapy. He has provided intensive supervision toward licensure and compliance over 400 clinicians as they acquired skills to deliver psychotherapy in their own practice. He has consulted with numerous corporate partners enhancing team dynamics. He regularly provides workshops on and seminars for foster parents, parenting, team building, the Enneagram, and trauma.
Les finds it gratifying to introduce clients and therapists, alike, to psychotherapy, and life-span development. He has had the privilege of witnessing dramatic transformations working with clients with depression, anxiety disorders, suicidal ideation, personality disorders, chronic illness, and addictions. He is eager to apply his experience and compassion with families of teens, as they begin to address issues that will help them to improve their quality of life and attain a sense of fulfillment. A disabled Veteran himself having served in the United States Air Force, Les especially values the privilege to work with our returning men and women in uniform.Les received his Bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University; Master degree from Phillips University and his Doctorate degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. He completed his clinical psychology internship and practicums through the Center for Pastoral Care at Emory University. Les also taught as Adjunct Faculty at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and Columbia Theological Seminary.