Licensed Counselor / Certified Sport Psychology Consultant
I am so glad you are here. The decision to start therapy isn’t always an easy one, and you’ve already accomplished one of the hardest parts: starting the process.
The process of finding a therapist can also be a bit daunting, and finding someone that is a good match for you is essential to your success. Naturally, you may feel a little nervous or uncertain at first, and that is okay! I am here to answer any of your questions and make the process less intimidating.
I am a Licensed Associate Counselor and Certified Sport Psychology consultant. After having spent years as a researcher, a full time professor and an entrepreneur I found that the most rewarding experiences were those shared with my clients; so that’s where I spend most of my time. I believe that no matter what situation you find yourself in, the negative experiences and symptoms of today do not need to impact us tomorrow!
If you are like many, we repeat the same patterns and get frustrated that they do not bring the results we want. Simultaneously, we’re often afraid to change – afraid to upset our lives and families, afraid to let people down, afraid of being judged, and afraid of the unknown. And there are times that even when we are ready to change, we simply don’t know what to do.
This is where I come in. I am empathic and dedicated to supporting you as you navigate through whatever challenges and struggles that have led you to this place of insight, growth, and change. I don’t tell you who to be; I empower you to show the world who you really are!
Stress & Anxiety
Attention & Concentration
Job Loss or Change
Family Member Conflict
Isolation & Loneliness
Leslie Sherlin, PhD is a licensed associate counselor and sport & performance psychology consultant to dozens of athletes, teams and individuals. Dr. Sherlin has had an extensive career in providing patient services, academic research and instruction, and entrepreneurial endeavors in mental health care. He is one of the world’s leading experts and a leader in the research and use of neuroscience for improving human performance. He has led research partnerships with Red Bull North America’s High-Performance Center, USA Track & Field, US military Special Operations Forces, local and federal level law enforcement agencies, Fortune 500 companies and professional teams in multiple sports in many countries. He has published this work in the academic literature and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, BBC, Sports Illustrated, CNN, ESPN, CBS, Popular Science, Outdoor Magazine and more.
Dr. Sherlin completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (2000), Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology (2003), and PhD in Psychology (2008). In 2013 he completed a PhD re-specialization and post-doctoral fellowship in Sport & Performance Psychology. He completed a PhD in Clinical Pastoral Counseling (2017) and a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling with an emphasis in Expressive Arts Therapy (2019). He is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Photography (2022).
Dr. Sherlin is a licensed counselor in the state of Arizona. He is listed in the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology and Mental Training Registry and is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant. He is a National Certified Counselor by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), certified at the Diplomat level in by the International Board of Quantitative Electroencephalography (QEEG), is Biofeedback Certification International Alliance Board in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback (BCN, BCB). He is certified as an equine certified professional by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (ECP). He provides services in mental health counseling as well as sport and performance psychology consulting to individuals, families, teams and organizations through his private practice.
In academia, he currently is Assistant Professor of Psychology and the Disability Services Coordinator for Ottawa University Arizona campuses. He is a Senior Doctoral Adjunct Dissertation Chair and Adjunct Faculty at Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona. He is Adjunct Associate Professor at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona and Adjunct Research Faculty at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona. Previously he was Lead Faculty for the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Associate Dean of Academics at Ottawa University, Arizona. He has served on the board of directors for the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research, the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance and the International Board of Quantitative Electrophysiology in a number of elected positions including the president/chairman.
Beginning in 2000, Dr. Sherlin co-founded his first company, Nova Tech EEG, Inc., a company that continues to operate and provides training, evaluation services and equipment/software for quantitative EEG analysis and imaging. In 2009 he focused his efforts in the domain of athlete and elite performance when he co-founded Neurotopia, Inc (dba SenseLabs). Neurotopia pioneered patented state of the art dry sensor technology and applications for measuring the electroencephalograph in a mobile platform and created psychophysiological algorithms for performance. His team assessed the brains of thousands of professional athletes, Olympians, and Fortune 500 executives to determine how they operated and how they could improve. Using this data, and leveraging the expertise of Sherlin, they designed an effective, engaging, high-performance mobile EEG experience using traditional EEG technologies named Versus and currently distributed by Neuro Management, LLC. He continues to consult to industry leading technology companies around the world.
When not pursuing academic and professional career goals, he is an adult amateur competitive equestrian in the discipline of dressage with his Dutch Warmblood, Electra KF. He is a semi-professional photographer (www.sherlin.photography). He is an instrument rated private pilot and is a PADI scuba diving instructor and co-owner of a retail and training scuba diving store in Chandler, Arizona (www.nolimitsscuba.com).
"Dr. Sherlin was so supportive and heard me out when no one else seemed to care what I was experiencing. He just gets me."
Ron – Age 34
"Dr. Sherlin provides the space for me to explore and discuss all aspects of my life. "
Brittany- Age 27
“When I moved to the big league it was a tough season. Dr. Sherlin helped me find my way through the transition and I couldn’t be happier.”
J.S., MLB- Age 23
“We’ve been to other counselors with limited success. Dr. Sherlin really understands and is so compassionate in our sessions. He is always about helping resolve the conflict and never about taking a side”
Joseph & Sabrina – Age 44 & 41
“I completely trust my daughter to open up to Dr. Sherlin and take his suggestions. He understands our values and helps us be better parents.”
Beverly, mom of daughter- Age 14
“I was really struggling with anxiety in my sport. Dr. Sherlin helped me find practical skills to help right away. I credit this work to a record season!”
Steve, golfer- Age 31
"Your success story belongs here!"
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