Liddy Cole is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Brookline, MA who specializes in anxiety, life transitions, ADHD, learning disabilities, adoption, and trauma. Many of her clients have trouble adjusting to a new situation—whether it is college, a new job, parenthood, etc. She has extensive experience working with college students and individuals diagnosed with ADHD. She also helps adults with learning disabilities figure out if they are getting appropriate accommodations at work.
Liddy has expertise in working with adult adoptees around identity issues and anything related to that lived experience as it might come up in individual therapy. Her treatment focus in that area is centered more around adoption as an element of someone's identity and not the logistical process of adopting a child. She also does work with parents on an individual basis for support balancing parenting stress/individual mental health needs.
While Liddy primarily works from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) framework, she utilizes a number of different treatment modalities depending on her client’s needs and goals. She helps her clients gain a better understanding of how past experiences have informed who they are today and how they interact with the world. Many discussions revolve around why a client feels stuck and how they can learn to move forward and open themselves up to new experiences or thought patterns. For some clients, meditation and guided visualizations prove helpful.
Liddy’s demeanor is gentle and encouraging. She guides her clients as they gain insight into themselves and begin to make connections about past and present experiences. She looks forward to meeting you.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
ADHD - Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure
Learning disabilities - Developing strategies for successful learning specific to one’s unique strengths and challenges
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Adoption & foster care - Support around pre- and post-adoption challenges including family dynamics, challenging behaviors, attachment issues, and navigation of the child welfare system or adoption agencies
Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Private Practice, 2017 - Present
HFLW Child and Family Counseling Center, 2013 - Present
Simmons College, MSW, 2012
College of Charleston, BS in Psychology, 2006