Delene is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in St Petersburg, Florida. Delene is also a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE), a Certified Parent Educator and a qualified Hypnotherapist. She has co-authored curriculum for the training of parent coaches, and authored curriculum for a parent training program specifically designed for parents with children who are diagnosed or who exhibit characteristics of ADHD, called Just One Thing. Expanding her expertise by working with clients who suffer from eating disorders, depression and addiction gives her a broad base of collective experience.

With a specialty in collaborative healthy family relationships, and healthy adolescent transitions, Delene works with both internal systems           (emotional, physiological, linguistic, behavioral, beliefs, trans-generational, transpersonal, etc.) as well as external systems ( family members, doctors, schools, other modalities and available resources). Delene taught parenting classes (Redirecting Children’s Behavior, The Nurturing Parent, Positive Discipline) and facilitates psycho-educational seminars for couples, individuals and adolescents. She has trained and certified and continues to mentor parent educators and other therapists. Her love for teaching and for the field of Marriage and Family Therapy has led her to developing study groups, study materials and coaching for marriage and family therapist interns who are preparing for their license exams.

Academic History

Masters Degree  M.S. Marriage & Family Therapy     Nova Southeastern University

Bachelors Degree B.A. Human Development / Counseling     Eckerd College

Nursing Program   St. Petersburg College

Undergraduate Education  Child development   University of Missouri

Other certifications and Modalities

  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist MT 2627   Florida
  • CFLE Certified Family Life Educator (National Council of Family Relations (www.ncfr.org)
  • Internal Family Systems Therapeutic Practitioner
  • Clinical  Hypnotherapist
  • Compassionate Communications based on Marshal Rosenberg’s Non Violent Communication ( www.cnvc.org)
  • Certified Redirecting Children’s Behavior Instructor and  RCB Instructor Trainer

Delene and her husband ( Dr. Les Cole) teach together on occasion, and have successfully navigated 20 + years in a fulfilling marriage and have a blended family with five children and 3 other parenting partners ( our ex’es and their partner! ).  Along with their own children, they have fostered children , and are proud grandparents. Now that the children are grown, and successfully launched, they enjoy their time living without children which allows  for professional development, teaching, writing,  community activities,  further personal and spiritual exploration, and of course, family gatherings. Yes,  Life is Good….

Proud to have Professional Associations with or be a Professional Member of these organizations:
chadd cnvc
internal family systems NCFR

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