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Kirk Sheppard, LPCC

Stress, Anxiety Grief Self esteem Depression Coping with life changes
Video Phone Live Chat Messaging

About me

I believe your story is important. The pain, the victories, the traumas, and the triumphs - all of those elements come together in a way that can either devastate us, hold us back, or motivate us to move forward. I want to cheer you on as you move farther forward than you imagined was possible. I have a compassionate, empathetic, and kind heart. Because we talk about some hard things, my unique sense of humor is a purposeful tool used to disarm and relax you as we find the best strategies to help move you towards your goals.

I believe that all clients who want to get better can get better. As your provider, I will extend hope - even if you may currently not be able to. My positive attitude, combined with a realistic perspective and honest feedback, can help you improve your life.

If you are primarily interested in asynchronous messaging, I'm thrilled to work with you, as this is one of my specialties. I also offer 30-minute counseling sessions via messaging, phone, and video - your choice.

We have relationships with other people, of course, but we also are in relationships with places and things and concepts - and with ourselves. We need to fully understand those relationships and how they impact our wellness and happiness. I want to hear your stories. I want to understand your point of view. And I want to help you better understand all of your relationships.

When it comes to my style, my approach is heavily influenced by the work of Jean Baker Miller and Relational-Cultural Theory, but I also utilize a variety of tools from other theories like Cognitive-Behavioral, Reality Therapy, Adlerian, and Gestalt. Because I have an eclectic toolbox, I’m able to choose tools, interventions, and approaches that will work for just about anyone’s personality. I love to look at the root causes for your problems and can discuss these issues in both philosophical ways and practical ones, too. I'll work hard to provide you with what you need - but if at any time you don't think we're a good fit, you can change providers at any time. I'll also be honest with you if I think you'd do better working with someone else.

I respond to messages within 24 hours (except for weekends) and often much sooner. Also, I send check-in messages, some encouraging words, housekeeping items, and writing prompts to make sure we're connecting and engaging together.

I look forward to working with you!

Professional experience

18yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Attachment Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Isolation/Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

OH LPCC E.0700338-SUPV


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Kirk Sheppard. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Kirk is very insightful and knowledgeable. Offering helpful tips, and thought provoking prompts and ideas about the abstract issues presented to him.

Written on Mar 20, 2023 after therapy with Kirk for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

I feel heard and safe that’s more than I’ve ever felt in my life

Written on Mar 17, 2023 after therapy with Kirk for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Always helpful and insightful

Written on Nov 07, 2022 after therapy with Kirk for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

I love reading Kirk’s weekly thoughts. They offer lots of good insights, and they are really useful when I’m journaling.

Written on Nov 07, 2022 after therapy with Kirk for 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Kirk is an empathetic and helpful listener. He encourages the development of healthy habits and supports me in addressing issues in my life.

Written on Oct 17, 2022 after therapy with Kirk for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Kirk utilizes every part of Better Help—something many therapists on here do not do. He sends a weekly memo every Monday that provides words of wisdom and conversation starters to engage with his clients. Kirk responds in a timely manner and is very easy to talk to! He uses humor to lighten up the mood, is nonjudgmental, genuine and honest and truly cares about his clients. He has helped me through many different situations. I couldn’t find a better therapist!

Written on Sep 08, 2022 after therapy with Kirk for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue