Dr. Ken Cole, Licensed Psychologist

For over 20 years I've worked with families, couples, and individuals from late adolescent to seniors to build collaborative and goal directed relationships focused on creating real and lasting change.  Through a predominantly cognitive behavioral and supportive approach I work to engage those I work with to harness their aspirations, strengths, as well as to effectively counter those perceived deficits or obstacles that continue to hold them back, whether internal or external.  This has resulted in sessions supporting those working through depression, anxiety, phase of life transitions, trauma and loss as well as marital and couples work.  Feel free to contact me at CONTACT DR. COLE link, or just email using the forms on the contact page so we can discuss the prospect of beginning work together.

This lifelong passion for facilitating constructive change has manifest itself in my current role at D & S Healing.  Working with such a truly diverse team has created opportunities for our clinic to expand what is expected from an outpatient behavioral health setting.  From more traditional psychotherapy, to an expansion into areas of sports psychology, executive wellness and community engagement to positive effect change in the areas of violent extremism, trauma and continued emotional and psychological segregation from each other, D & S healing offers a fresh perspective on bringing about lasting change and healing for not only those we serve, but also the communities we live in.  

Clinical and Leadership Experience

Professional Licensure:
State of Wisconsin - Licensed Psychologist, WI-PSY: 2220-57

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology
Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Post-Doctoral Hours
Child Abuse Unit for Studies, Education and Services (C.A.U.S.E.S.), Chicago, IL

Pre-Doctoral Internship
Kapiolani Counseling Center of the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, Honolulu, HI

Columbia St. Mary's, Mequon, WI   May 2013 to December 2015
Clinical Psychologist: Provided assessment, individual and family therapy to those seeking support and guidance in working through a host of issues including depression, anxiety, behavioral concerns and substance abuse. Served as resource to other programs within the hospital to assist with transition to a lower level of care, or provide support services to relatives or partners of those receiving outpatient or inpatient care.  When working specifically with adolescents in the  employed a bio-psycho-social approach that is complemented by partnering with a health educator to screen adolescents for risk of substance abuse and provide educational support as needed and more intensive services as clinically indicated. Through collaboration with network clinics, program sought to ensure all adolescents across Ozaukee and Milwaukee County were screened for substance and alcohol use or risk thereof using evidence based assessments.

Mequon Clinical Associates, Mequon, WI    2011 - May 2013
Clinic Director and Clinical Psychologist: Expanded programming and increased caseloads and revenue through development of multidisciplinary collaborations within clinical team and outreach and marketing.  Responsible for improved documentation standards and clinic oversight.  Provided psychotherapy at Mequon Clinical Associates to the child, adolescent and adult population. Areas of interest and specialty include, but are not limited to, behavioral issues, marital issues, family counseling, anxiety, survivors of trauma and life transitions.  Provided consultation across Ozaukee and Milwaukee Counties to parenting and fatherhood programs, as well as worked with educators and schools.  

Western Youth Services, Anaheim, CA    2007 - 2011
Regional Director and Clinical Psychologist: Lead and provided direct service with clinical team for outpatient child and adolescent mental health clinic consisting of Master's level clinicians and supervisors, psychiatrists and student interns. Clients served present with histories, such as, but not limited to, physical and/or sexual abuse and neglect, behavioral disorders and a range of Axis I and II diagnoses. Emphasized treatment model utilizing parent/caregiver involvement, targeted treatment goals and timelines and creation of transition down and/or out of treatment.

David and Margaret Home, La Verne, CA    2005 - 2007
Director of Residential Services and Clinical Psychologist: Lead comprehensive residential programming and clinical treatment for 12 - 18 year old adolescent females. Youth presented with histories, such as, but not limited to familial conflict, separation/loss, trauma, abuse, neglect and use of illegal substances. Under my direction residents had reduced disruptive behaviors, AWOL’s and an increase in self-reported and tracked positive outcomes. 

Creative Sharp Presentations, Milwaukee, WI    2004 - 2005
Writer and Educational Curriculum Consultant: Lead the production of Friends and Neighbors, a photojournalistic educational book with companion academic curriculum for elementary school students.  Project served to improve literacy rates in schools and enhance the understanding and acceptance of diverse cultures. Target population included those with low literacy and at-risk for drop out. 

Children's Institute International, Los Angeles, CA    2002 - 2004
Program Manager of Project Fatherhood: Provided group and individual therapy, as well as social and judicial advocacy for fathers and their children. Worked towards strengthening father-child bond as an integral part of improving child mental health, reunification and facilitating positive outcomes. 

Zablocki V.A. Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI    2001-2002
Licensed Clinical Psychologist: Provided individual and group therapy to veterans with dual diagnosis, as well as those with other Axis I and II diagnoses.  Supported veterans who, in addition to mental health and substance abuse problems, presented with histories of limited social and familial support as well as an array of trauma related issues.

Milwaukee Health Services, Milwaukee, WI    1999-2001
Licensed Clinical Psychologist: Provided individual, family and group therapy to children, adolescents and adults.  Served clients presenting with a variety of diagnoses, such as, but not limited to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Major Depression, PTSD, and a variety of Axis II diagnoses, including Borderline Personality Disorder.

Child Abuse Unit for Studies Education and Services, Chicago, IL   1995-1998
Psychotherapist: Provided individual therapy to children and adolescent survivors of physical and/or sexual abuse and neglect.  When clinically appropriate utilized other parent/caregivers in the therapeutic process.

Kapiolani Counseling Center of the Kapiolani Medical Center, Honolulu, HI     1994-1995
Pre-Doctoral Intern: Provided individual, family and group therapy to children and adolescents presenting with a history of diagnoses, such as, but not limited to, ADHD, oppositional defiant, and depression.  Also provided therapy to woman survivors of domestic violence, and those dealing with depression, as well as a variety of Axis I and II diagnoses.

Child Abuse Unit for Studies Education and Services, Chicago, IL   1993-1994
Psychotherapy Practicum Extern: Under the supervision of a licensed psychologist provided individual therapy to children and adolescent survivors of physical and/or sexual abuse and neglect.  When clinically appropriate utilized other parent/caregivers in the therapeutic process.

Bobby Wright Community Health Center, Chicago, IL  1992-1993
Diagnostic Practicum Extern: Under the supervision of a licensed psychologist provided a range of diagnostic and assessment evaluations to children, adolescents and adults.  Findings were presented to a multi-disciplinary team of psychologists and psychiatrists and integrated to determine best course of treatment to gain positive outcomes. 

Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL   1991-1993
Milieu Therapist: Provided therapeutic support and interventions to children requiring inpatient psychiatric care.  Interventions included play therapy, social skills building, guided and monitored family visitation, as well as one-on-one therapeutic interactions as clinically indicated.

Additional Accomplishments

Commissioner - Village of Shorewood Parks Commission
Appointed as Commissioner to support Village of Shorewood’s mission to maintain existing and future parks resources and guide the implementation of ongoing projects to ensure Village’s emphasis on community enhancement and park utilization.

Vice-Chairman - Surfrider Foundation, Milwaukee Chapter
Promoting environmental stewardship of the Great Lakes through education, community projects and creation of Surf @Water, an annual fundraiser and beach event for families aimed at water safety, surfing and advocacy of environmental awareness.

No Bad News - Author
Published by Albert Whitman and Co., March 2001
Recipient of the Ridgway Award for Best Debut in Children's Literature, No Bad News tells of a child's journey through his inner-city neighborhood and with the help of those in his community he comes to look for and realizes the good news in the world and within himself.

Friends and Neighbors - Author
Published by Creative Sharp Presentations, March 2004
Author and designer of children's book and companion curriculum emphasizing the importance of the arts and literacy in the lives of children.

NBA Read to Achieve Celebrity Reader
In collaboration with the Los Angeles Clippers, read books with NBA players to children and families at schools and literacy festivals across Southern California.

Board Member
Zeitgeist Community Learning Center,os Angeles, CA
Served as Board Member of the Zeitgeist Community Center, an innovative non-profit corporation providing free after-school and summer programs to elementary and middle school students in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles.  

Lecturer  and Keynote Speaker
Collaborate with community leaders to conduct community forums to counter violence in Milwaukee. Input emphasized the psychological impact of issues raised by participants and partnered with residents and leaders to elicit constructive discussion and creation of solutions of concerns raised by the community. In addition have presented as keynote speaker for commencements and Martin Luther King, Jr. events in both Ohio and Minnesota.