About

Sherry-Lee Smith – Psychologist, Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Registered; Perth WA

Sherry is a Registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency), a member of the Australia Psychological Society (APS), a member of the Transpersonal Psychology Interest Group (APS), a member of the Psychology of Eating, Weight and Body Image Interest Group (APS), an member of the Australian Association of Psychologists (AAPi), a member of the EMDR Association Australia (EMDRAA), a member of the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST), Trauma Interest Group (ISST) and a registered Medicare provider.

Sherry-Lee Smith Perth Psychologist

Sherry-Lee Smith – Perth Psychologist

Sherry has an Honours Degree in Psychology (with a minor in Youth Work) and 17 years of community service experience and over 13 years clinical experience working with adults, adolescents, and children in a variety of settings. Sherry aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals to gain insight in the areas of life that may be causing distress. In a collaborative treatment process, Sherry will work with clients to enable them to overcome these issues and develop towards their full-potential.

Sherry uses an integrated therapeutic approach to counselling and psychotherapy tailoring the intervention to meet the unique needs of the client. Sherry has completed professional development in various therapeutic modalities and will discuss with each client which approach can best suit their needs. Sherry has advanced training in Schema Therapy (ST) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). Other approaches and treatment techniques may include Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Clinical Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy, Spiritually-Oriented Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic approaches, Expressive Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness, Directive and Non-directive Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique EFT-Tapping and Simple Energy Technique.

Sherry has been working in private practice as a psychologist since 2013. She has been working with children, adolescents and adults mostly in the areas of eating disorders, body image, weight management, obsessive-compulsive disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and grief and loss. Before starting in private practice, Sherry worked for various non-government and not for profit organisations in clinical and supervisory roles. She has experience working at a specialist adolescent mental health service with adolescents and their families experiencing depression, self-harm and suicidal ideation. Sherry has coordinated a drug and alcohol service specialising in the treatment of adolescents and adults experiencing difficulties related to their own or another’s drug and alcohol use and co-occurring mental health issues. Sherry has worked counselling children and adolescents who have experienced parental separation and family conflict. She has experience running groups related to drug and alcohol use, parenting, grief and loss, family and relationships, bullying and friendships, self-esteem, and parental separation. Sherry also has experience coordinating peer support groups for psychology students and a peer support group for gentle attachment-based parenting. (For a list of professional development and training please see below).

Sherry has a special interest in the area of transpersonal psychology and spiritually based psychotherapy. She has a passion for assisting people on their journey of overcoming the psychological barriers to self-actualisation and living a life of purpose.

Upcoming Training and Professional Development

  • Methods to Manage Emotions – DBT and Emotional Regulation Skills in a Schema Therapy Framework
  • Schema Therapy Retreat (Schema Therapy Training Australia)
    • Schema Therapy for Adolescents and Young Adults – Dr Christof Loose
    • Using Empathic Confrontation and Managing Anger in Schema Therapy – Remco Van Der Wijngaart and Chris Hayes
    • How to Improve Experiential Work in Schema Therapy – Elsa van den Broek

Completed Training and Professional Development

  • EMDR Advanced Workshop (Graham Taylor – Therapist Training)
  • EMDR Therapy: Enhancing the protocol for Children and Adolescents (Dr Sarah Schubert – Psychology Training)
  • Spirituality and Psychotherapy (Dr Eng-Kong Tan – APPWA)
  • The Utilisation of EMDR in the Treatment of Eating Disorders (Pam Virdi – EMDRAA)
  • Imagery Enhanced CBT (Dr Lisa Saulsman CBTs WA)
  • CBT-E Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders (Centre for Clinical Interventions)
  • Managing Grief and Bereavement Through the Lifespan (APS Institute of Learning – Webinar Series)
  • Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders (Schema Therapy Training – Dr Susan Simpson)
  • EMDR Introductory Training (Therapist Training – Graham Taylor & Claire Kullack)
  • Advanced Methods of Corrective Emotional Experiences In Schema Therapy (Schema Therapy Training – Dave Edwards)
  • Imagery Rescripting for Childhood Trauma (Schema Therapy Training – Chris Hayes)
  • Masterclass in Hypnosis and Behavioural Activation (Michael Yapko PhD – APS)
  • Traumatic Grief and Complicated Loss, New Breakthroughs and Reliable Tools to Help Clients after Death, Divorce and Other Losses: Best Practice to Restore Your Clients Lives after Loss (Tatra – David Kessler)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Avoidant and Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ANZAED – Jennifer J. Thomas PhD and Kendra R Becker PhD)
  • Binge Eating Disorder Forum (Women’s Health and Family Services)
  • The Psychology of Weight Management – (APS Webinar Series – Glenn Mackintosh)
  • Advanced Principles and Practice for Optimal Results with Anxiety Disorders, Intensive Course on Exposure Therapy: Trouble Shooting and New Applications (Patrick McGrath PhD – Tatra)
  • Support and Management for Compulsive Exercise (EDTEC-Prof Phillipa Hay)
  • Schema Therapy – Intermediate and Advanced Training (Chris Hayes – Schema Therapy Training)
  • Schema Therapy – Introductory Training (Chris Hayes – Schema Therapy Training)
  • Comprehensive Training in Clinical Hypnosis and Strategic Psychotherapy (Michael Yapko PhD – APS)
  • Working with Low self-esteem (Centre for Clinical Intervention)
  • Evidence Based Techniques for Resistant Anxiety, Worry, Panic, Insomnia, OCD, Hypochondriasis Perfectionism and Procrastination (Jennifer Abel PhD-  Tatra)
  • Energy Psychology: New treatments for Anxiety (EFT and SET) (Australian Psychological Society – Steve Wells)
  • Introduction to Eating Disorders: Management and Treatment Approaches (Eating Disorder Training and Evaluation Centre)
  • Individual Therapy for Eating Disorders (Eating Disorder Training and Evaluation Centre)
  • CBT Fundamentals: Processes and Techniques in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Australian Psychological Society)
  • The Heart and Practice of Child Centred Play Therapy (Play Therapy Australia)
  • Supervision Training (Anglicare WA Training Services)
  • Working Therapeutically with Children (Anglicare WA Training Services)
  • Family and Domestic Violence (WA Family Pathways Network Conference)
  • Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (Alison Cunningham – Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System, Ontario, Canada)
  • Protective Behaviours (Anglicare WA Training Services)
  • Introduction to Emotion Focused Therapy (Dr Toni Tidswell-Emotion Focused Therapy Institute
  • Working with Co-occurring Issues: Alcohol and Other Drug Use and Mental Health Issues (Holyoake Education and Training)
  • Making Clinical Supervision Work (Drug and Alcohol Office)
  • Mental State Examination (Drug and Alcohol Office)
  • Traditional Healing for Mental Health (UWA/Dept of Health)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Mitch Hartman)
  • Understanding and Treating Trauma Across the Lifespan Conference
    • Emotion regulation therapy for traumatised youths struggling with anger and aggression (Dr Julian Ford)
    • How children tell: Developmental sensitivity in trauma narrative work (Paris- Goodyear-Brown)
    • Understanding emotion dysregulation in traumatised children: Developmental Trauma Disorder (Dr Julian Ford)
    • The memory wars: The nature of traumatic memory (Dr James Chu)
    • Early intervention: The way forward in enhancing the development of children with parents with unresolved loss and trauma (Dr Sarah Landy)
    • Infected minds and affected bodies: Working with unprocessed trauma in the psychotherapy relationship (Dr Allan Shafer)
  • Vicarious Trauma Workshop (Sexual Assault Resource Centre)
  • Introduction to Symbol Work (Expressive Therapies Institute of Australia
  • Alcohol and the Shadow (C. G. Jung Society of WA- Gerald Burns
  • Working With Sexual Assault and Trauma (Sexual Assault Resource Centre)
  • Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Young People (MAITRA)
  • PACAWA Professional development (Psychotherapists and Counsellors Association of WA)
    • On Dreams: A Jungian Perspective – Dr Sally Kester
    • A Taste of the Work of Byron Katie – Sally Pamberger
    • A Slice of Couples Therapy – Steve Lionello
    • Encountering the Unconscious: Some thoughts of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy – Dr Chris Theunissen
  • Introduction to eating disorders: Identification, assessment and referral options (Eating Disorder Training and Evaluation Centre)
  • Suicide Prevention Training (Gatekeeper)
  • Clinical Applications of Developmental Psychology (Dr John Manners)
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (Dr John Manners)
  • Dealing with Anger and Aggression (YouthLink)
  • Strength-based approach and Positive Psychology (PrimeXL)
  • Narrative Therapy (Ian Percy)
  • Family Systems Theory (Roxanne Garven)
  • Mindfulness and Comorbidity (Drug and Alcohol Office)
  • Group Facilitation (Susanna Howlett)
  • Childwise Training (Childwise)
  • Understanding and Responding to Young People Experiencing Psychosis (YouthLink)
  • Addictions Counsellors’ Training Program (Curtin University and Drug and Alcohol Office)
  • Residential Child Care Project – Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (Cornell University / Crossroads West)
  • Working with Aboriginal Young People (YouthLink)
  • Certificate 3 & 4 of Community Services – Youth Work (West Coast College of TAFE)

Non-active Professional Development                           

  • Vicarious Trauma
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Supporting Children After Separation
  • Process-Orientated Play Therapy
  • Divorce and its Effects of Children
  • Child Well-Being After Separation
  • Interactive Drawing Therapy
  • Conflict and Separation
  • Short-term Play Therapy with Children or Divorce
  • Play Therapy and Grief
  • Affection and Neurobiology
  • Counselling Children
  • Eating Disorders
  • Body Image and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
  • Insomnia
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapy
  • Interventions (Psychology Registration)Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
    • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
    • Psychodynamic
    • Jungian Psychotherapy
    • Narrative Therapy
    • Energy Psychology (EFT)
    • Expressive Therapies
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
    • Interpersonal Process Approach
    • Mindfulness
    • Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Presenting Issues (Psychology Registration) Borderline Personality Disorder
    • Anxiety and Panic Attacks
    • Suicidal Ideation and Suicide Risk
    • Sexual Assault
    • Childhood Sexual Abuse
    • Anxiety
    • Procrastination
    • Depression
    • Self-Harm
    • Dependency
    • Trauma
    • Multi-cultural Clients
    • Eating Disorders
    • Self-Esteem
    • Identity Issues
    • Dysthymia
    • Grief and Loss
    • Anger and Aggression
    • Psychosis
    • Sexuality

Depression and anxiety treatment Perth

Sherry-Lee Smith

Mt Lawley Counselling Centre

13 Alvan Street Mt Lawley

Perth, Western Australia

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