Durrell Sheppard, LCSW

Durrell Sheppard is passionate about education, personal growth and professional development. He has a fervent commitment to continued and excellent education, being a member of the National Honors Society at The University of Illinois while earning his Bachelor’s degree and also graduating summa cum laude from DePaul University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Durrell Sheppard believes that his educational foundation shapes his career in clinical social work but also shapes him personally and professionally.

Durrell uniquely focuses on a wide variety of issues, such as trauma, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, stress management, sexualized behavior problems, physical/verbal abuse, issues related to gender identity and sexuality as well as relationship/work related issues. He provides relationship counseling as well as individual, group, and family therapy. Durrell’s therapeutic style adapts a person-centered, collaborative and relational model that creates an empathetic, partnered, warm and compassionate environment. Durrell continues to volunteer and work within underrepresented and underserved communities where he is a founding member of the Men of Color Project. He regularly operates a mobile wellness clinic at local community colleges as well as mentors other clinicians who are pursuing clinical licensure.

Durrell has gathered knowledge and extensive training from multiple therapeutic settings during his career, including hospitals, federally qualified healthcare clinics, schools, residential facilities and detention centers. He is uniquely qualified to work with children as young as 8-years-old and adults as mature as 80-years-old. When working with adults, adolescents and families, Durrell utilizes several personalized therapy techniques to ensure that treatment is tailored and individualized to the needs of the patient. He is trained and utilizes aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) as well as Mindfulness and other Relational/Solution focused techniques.

Since the age of 14 Durrell, has been inspired to do this work! His inspiration comes from personally recognizing the power of taking control of your own mental health. He is motivated to empower patients and help them understand that they already have the ability to overcome any obstacle. Durrell believes that the goal of therapy is to partner with individuals during their journey of understanding their own thoughts, feelings and behaviors. This journey can lead to growth and a life that is meaningful and fulfilling.