Lesley-Anne Sherlock - BSc (Hons), PG Dip., MBACP(Accred)
I am an experienced Humanistic Psychotherapist and Counsellor registered and accredited with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Based in Central London, I offer both short-term and long-term therapy for adults. I am DBS checked, fully insured and practice in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework.
Whether your reason for seeking therapy now is influenced by the current global crisis or whether you have been considering this for a long time, it would be a pleasure to meet you.
My aim is to provide a warm, calm and compassionate approach to help you to cope better with the issues you may be struggling with. Our therapeutic sessions will be tailored to meet your individual needs, based on a shared understanding of your concerns and problems.
What to expect:
The first session is a therapeutic consultation where we will have the opportunity to explore together the reasons that bring you to therapy and to identify your hopes and aims for therapy. This also gives you an opportunity to meet me and ensure that I am the right therapist for you. Following the initial session and provided that we both wish to proceed. I have a friendly informal style and will do my best to make you feel completely at ease.
How to book:
- In addition to email enquiries, I offer a free initial consultation over the phone up to 30 minute where I am happy to discuss your needs and together establish if counselling is right for you at this time.
- To arrange this, please email or call using the details above. I aim to respond within 24 hours.
- Sessions last 50 minutes usually at the same time and day each week.
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)
Training, qualifications & experience
- 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
- 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)
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Areas of Special Interest
Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression and Anxiety, Sexual Abuse, Bereavement and Relationship problems.
£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
- Limited number of concession rates available to those on a low-income, students or trainee counsellors
Concessions offered for
Evening appointments and weekend appointments available. Please get in touch to enquire.
Originally from Ireland, 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 spent the last 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), a hospice and public healthcare (NHS/HSE Ireland).
In the time since the Covid-19 pandemic I have been engaging with pro bono work offering counselling support to frontline workers with Frontline19.