About Me

My name is Lesley-Anne Sherlock and you are so very welcome to my website. I specialise in offering clients the opportunity to explore anything that may be difficult or painful in their lives with a specific focus on trauma.

I am an experienced Humanistic Psychotherapist and Counsellor registered and accredited with both the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP).

Based between London and Dublin, I offer both short-term and long-term therapy for adults. I am DBS checked/Garda Vetted, fully insured and practice in accordance with the BACP and IACP Ethical Frameworks. 
Sessions are currently available Online via Video Call, by Telephone or for those clients in Ireland, in person sessions are available in my office in Portobello, Dublin 2.

Since beginning my practice, I have provided more than 10,000 hours of therapeutic support to clients, working through a wide range of psychological challenges.

Therapeutic Approach

The therapeutic approach that predominantly informs my work is Person-Centred Psychotherapy and the work of Carl Rogers. Person-Centred therapy believes that each and every person can, and will, become a more fully functioning person if given the right conditions. The underpinning principles of the Person-Centred Approach are focused on the counsellor being honest, non-judgmental and fully accepting whilst being fully integrated in the relationship allowing you, the client, to lead and set the pace. Although Person-Centred therapy is at the core of how I work, I am continually expanding on my experience/training to enable me to integrate various other psychotherapeutic approaches into my work including Trauma Focused Interventions, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and specific training in Online and Telephone therapy that is accredited by ACTO (Association for Counselling and Therapy Online)

Further Background

Prior to undertaking my training as a therapist I had a career as a registered Nurse specialising in working with dual diagnosis (severe/profound intellectual disability and severe diagnosed mental health conditions). This work was very fulfilling and my wish to spend more time with patients along with my own personal therapy experiences led me to pursue a career in Psychotherapy.
In addition to my private practice work, I have most recently worked as Lead Therapist for Ireland's National Suicide Intervention charity and 6 years as the Clinical Lead of a University Counselling Service working therapeutically with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds. It has and continues to be a great privilege to offer support during what is a transformative stage of life. Prior to working in a university setting I have worked therapeutically in a variety of settings including specialist charities, EAPs (Employee Assistance Program), hospices and public healthcare (NHS/HSE Ireland). 
In the time since the Covid-19 pandemic began I have been engaging with pro bono work offering counselling support to frontline workers with Frontline19.

Qualifications

  • PG Dip. Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP Accred.) - University of Strathclyde (2014)

  • Cert. Counselling Skills (IACP Accred.) - Cork Counselling Centre Training Institute. (2012)

  • BSc.(Hons) Intellectual Disability Nursing - NUI University College Cork UCC (2008)

  • Cert. Solution Focused Brief Therapy - Validium Group Ltd. (2014)

  • Cert. Psychological Trauma Interventions (assessment and delivery) - Validium Group Ltd. (2014)

  • Cert. Working with Eating Disorders - CCPE (2018)

  • Cert. Online and Telephone Counselling - The Counselling Tutor (2021) (recognised by BACP, NCS, Accredited by ACTO)

  • ASIST Accredited (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) - Living Works (2018)

  • Student Minds Look After Your Mate registered trainer since 2017 

  • Cert. Single Session Therapy (CSST) - Windy Dryden & SDS (2020)

CPD/Further Training

  • Working with Race in HE Counselling - Birkbeck University (2021)

  • Working with Gender Identity and Sexuality in Short-term H.E. Counselling (2020)

  • Working with Trauma in Short-term Counselling in H.E (2020)

  • Working with Borderline Personality Disorder in H.E Counselling (2020)

  • Working with Nightmares; Dream Completion Technique (2020)

  • Working with Eating Disorders in Short-Term H.E. Counselling (2019)

  • Supporting Students who Disclose Rape or Sexual Assault in Universities (Train the trainer) - The Havens; an NHS SARC Initiative (2019)

  • Consent: A workshop for Students (train the trainer) - The Havens; an NHS SARC Initiative (2019)

  • Normal and Abnormal Eating - BACP (2019)

  • Emotional Regulation - BACP (2019)

  • Early Intervention in Psychosis - West London Mental Health Trust NHS training (2019)

  • ARC: Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency: A Framework for Intervention with Complexly Traumatised Youth (2018)

  • Safeguarding (2018)

  • Trauma Treatment Pathways and Psychological First Aid - Validium House Glasgow (2015)

  • Introduction to Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (2013)

 
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