Dr Andrea Shortland is a UK based Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, writer and mother. Andrea specialises in trauma and attachment focused therapies with children, adults and families and runs Pocket Family Psychologist and Shortland Psychology Associates Ltd. Highlights of her career include specialist placement at the Bouverie Family Therapy Centre in Melbourne, Australia; working with Looked After and Adopted families in CAMHS and Social Care; working with families in a specialist service for families affected by homicide; and Expert Witness assessments for the Family Courts.
Andrea is passionate about integrating and tailoring interventions for families to ensure effectivenss, choice and control for the family. She combines latest approaches such as ACT, DDP and Compassion Focused Therapy with EMDR, CBT and systemic approaches. Andrea’s therapeutic and writing style is collaborative and playful – even when discussing very serious issues, a little humour or story can go a long way to keeping things accessible.
“I am very fortunate in that I really love my work – it can be amazing to watch the changes for a family or individual with just a new idea, perspective or space to process something painful that has been getting in the way. I also love the continual learning that goes with being a psychologist – I belong to several specialist learning groups and seem to always have a training course or two booked. When not working I love to spend time with precious family and friends. Travel is probably my biggest indulgence as I get to combine family/friend time with great food and amazing places.”
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