Cole Foust (he/him & they/them) has a calming demeanor and strives to create an affirming environment for brave conversations. He is a Master of Social Work (MSW) Student Intern that will be graduating from the University of South Florida with their MSW in 2023. His experiences include facilitating peer support groups, mediation, and supporting individuals through identity discovery & formation.
Cole graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg in 2014.
During his undergraduate studies, Cole worked with neurodiverse children through an internship with Rothman Center for Pediatric Neuropsychiatry. Cole then spent six years working in federal agencies and community health centers that focused on communities facing systemic oppression, serving survivors of natural disasters, low-income families, and LGBTQ+ people with intersecting marginalized identities.
Therapeutically, Cole focuses on an individual’s strengths while utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Narrative Therapy. He works with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, and other comorbidities that may result from systemic oppression or situational stressors.
Cole was born in Tampa, FL and has traveled all over the Southern region of the US. Ultimately, Cole felt called back to the beautiful city of St. Petersburg after his travels. As a transgender person, he feels strongly about educating the community about inclusivity through art, music, and group discussions. Cole often encourages others, “We can change the world one compassionate conversation at a time.” In their spare time, Cole likes to try new foods, paint abstract art, read nerdy psychology books, and spend quality time with his partner and his dog, Memphis.