Sheryl A. Cole, MEd, MA
Sheryl A. Cole is a master’s-level Vermont rostered clinical mental health counselor. She received a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Education in special education from Westfield State University in 1987 and a Master of Science in clinical mental health counseling from Springfield College in 2016. She has been working with children and families for over 30 years.
Sheryl has a passion for supporting the emotional well-being of children and their caregivers. She enjoys working with people of all ages and has worked with children as young as 18 months as well as supporting parents of infants and toddlers. Sheryl uses play and the arts to support the social emotional development of the child. Sheryl includes the caregivers in the therapeutic process believing that they are the people who will be supporting the child for life; if they can become more attuned to the emotional needs of their child, the therapeutic process will go faster, and the family will be more empowered to maintain positive outcomes after therapy. Sheryl has compassion for the difficulties the parents may be having managing behavior and communicating effectively with children struggling with regulating their feelings.
Her clinical interests include developmental trauma, anxiety, and depression. Sheryl is especially interested in supporting the parent who may be struggling with anxiety and depression themselves. She works with clients and their caregivers to listen to their own hearts, to regulate their feelings and communicate effectively. She uses attachment-focused family therapy and internal family systems models using play, art, movement, music, and drama. Her interests outside the clinic include ballroom dancing, cooking, and spending time with her family.