"We all have a story of value." Deborah Cole, Licensed Clinical Social Worker





Deborah Cole, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R), Geneva Community Health

Deborah Cole has practiced clinical social work for over 40 years and has been with Finger Lakes Community Health (FLCH) since 2008. During her career, she has worked at various outpatient programs and non-profit organizations doing program development and direct patient care.

Deborah received her undergraduate degree in psychology and chose to pursue a graduate degree in social work at SUNY Albany because of the focus on having a balance of academic work and field work. She credits her various mentors and past supervisors for influencing her approach to clinical practice.

Deborah’s extensive career has led her to practice at Geneva Community Health, one of the eight Finger Lakes Community Health centers.  “FLCH is still one of the few primary care providers in the Finger Lakes that offers behavioral health services in the health center setting. Being able to see people where they see their medical provider reduces many barriers and the stigma often attached with receiving mental health care,” she said. When it comes to caring for patients, Deborah believes that listening and validating her patients’ experiences while showing them respect and dignity is the key. “I believe we all have a story of value to tell, and need someone to listen.”

In her spare time, Deborah likes to spend time with her two-year-old grandson, if she’s not traveling. She also enjoys swimming in the lake and hosting gatherings of friends.