Located in Colchester, Connecticut, Seeds of Hope is a private counseling practice that provides support to individuals, couples, and families.

Effective therapy begins with establishing a foundation of trust between counselor and client.

Through trust and openness, we encourage persons to grow and become the best version of themselves. Our approach to therapy addresses and supports the physical, emotional, intellectual, relational, and spiritual needs of each client.

Our Mission

Utilizing the wisdom and teachings of our Catholic faith and strengthened by Christ, we strive to love and serve our clients with compassion and clinical excellence. Love heals and we pay witness to its healing process.

We established our mission from scripture and through our experience of love in action. Here is some of the scripture that guides our work:

“Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34).

“God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.” (1 John 4:16)

“You have faith and I have works, demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works.” (James 2:18)

“Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)

Our Vision

To provide comprehensive clinical services that reflect Christian dignity and the belief that all persons are formed in the image and likeness of God, as well as to offer counseling services that celebrate and integrate the treasures of the Catholic Faith tradition with evidence-based therapeutic practice.

Shelly Polo
Founder + Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Shelly made the decision to return to college as an adult while she was raising her 3 children, and graduated from St Joseph College in 2004 with a Bachelor Degree, majoring in Social Work and Minoring in Religious Studies. After finishing at St. Joseph’s, she went on to complete her graduate studies at Fordham University where she received a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Clinical Concentration, with specialization in Older Persons and Their Families.

Upon graduation, Shelly worked 6 years as a medical social worker with an area hospice team. It was while working as a hospice social worker that she received the grace and vision for Seeds of Hope. To prepare for such an undertaking, she worked for a short time as a program supervisor for an outpatient behavioral health clinic. Valuable lessons in clinical supervision and grant funding were obtained before leaving that position to take on the challenge of creating a behavioral health program from the ground up. Shelly spent the next 4 years on the project before transitioning out of her role as clinical director and into a private practice.


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