About the Presenter

Dr. Sheri Turrell, Ph.D., C. Psych, is a clinical psychologist from Toronto, with over twenty years of work experience in mental health. She divides her professional time between her private practice, research endeavors, supervising students, and providing consultation and trainings, locally and internationally to graduate students and clinicians.

Sheri is most passionate about her work with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and has worked with patients of all ages with a special interest in the adolescent population. She has dedicated her life to helping adolescents experiencing symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, suicidality, self-harm, substance use, eating disorders, and a high level of emotional dysregulation. Sheri has been facilitating ACT groups for teens for over 5 years and recently started facilitating ACT-based parent groups.

Her first book, "ACT for Adolescents: Treating Teens and Adolescents in Individual and Group Therapy" , co-authored with Mary Bell, was published in 2016. Sheri and Mar are now authoring their second book, an ACT based self-help book for teens that struggle with anxiety, and are developing a mobile ACT app for adolescents.

Complementing her work with ACT, Sheri is a senior candidate at the Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Her final paper will discuss the intersection between ACT and various streams of psychoanalysis in treating clients.


  • Turrell, S., & Bell, M. ACT for Adolescents: A transdiagnostic treatment guide for clinicians. (2016). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.
  • Second book "in the works" is an ACT-based self help book for teens who struggle with anxiety. Turrell, S., McCurry, C., & Bell, M. (Release Date: September, 2018). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.
  • New Harbinger blog: Are You Cringing Yet? A New Way to Talk with Teens About Sexual Media Content