Evolution Psychotherapy, PLLC
133 Blakely Road, Suite 202
Colchester, VT 05446
Evolving can be painful. Even when we resist or avoid evolution, the inevitable constant of change demands we adapt to new circumstances within and around us. Psychotherapy can help you intentionally evolve, find the joy in growth, and avoid unnecessary suffering as you navigate the challenges of your journey.
Welcome. My name is Michael Sheppard and I am a psychotherapist here to help.
In our work together we will: look at how you have already adapted to survive, explore how this has shaped your identity and perspective, examine internal and external barriers to the changes you seek, develop acceptance and coping strategies for your reality, observe dynamics in your relationships, and set an intentional path towards your goals and priorities.
The effectiveness of psychotherapy is rooted in the therapeutic relationship. My goal is to be supportive and accepting as well as make space for humor and new ideas. My work will be grounded in ethical, intentional and trauma-informed practices such as the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and the Attachment, Regulation and Competency framework. I am eclectically trained, but primarily draw from: Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). My areas of focus include: mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder; trauma; men’s issues; LGBT issues; identity development; life transitions such as grief; addictions, both substance and behavioral; relationship difficulties; and coping with stress.
Michael Sheppard is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the State of Vermont and a Nationally Certified Counselor by the National Board of Certified Counselors. He is also certified in the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide (CAMS). Michael received his Master of Science from The University of Vermont Graduate Counseling Program. Over the last 8 years, Michael has worked throughout Vermont’s mental health system, including: outpatient and intensive outpatient clinics, inpatient and residential settings, school based counseling, college counseling, and the emergency department. Michael has experience working with families and individuals of all ages; he also has experience providing group therapy to adolescents, young adults, adults, and elder clients.