Dr. Matthew Shorrock
CPyschol; D.Couns; MA Psych (Distinction); BSc (Hons) Psychol; CTA;
Chartered & HCPC Reg. Psychologist, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, Certified Transactional Analyst & Provisional Teaching & Supervising Transactional Analyst.
I work as a psychologist, psychotherapist & business coach. I am also an honorary lecturer at the University of Manchester. Over the years I have received robust trainings in person-centred counselling, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT / CBT) and Transactional Analysis.
With over twenty years international experience working within both the health, statutory and corporate sectors, my areas of expertise include difficulties in adult relationships (personal and professional), complex bereavement, addictions, psychological issues relating to fertility, and group / team dynamics. I am currently writing a book on the growing phenomena of Internet addiction, including pornography, social networking, and gaming addictions. Past and present clients include:
- The Lord Chancellor’s Department
- The United Nations (UN) in Vienna
- British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
- International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
- The British Embassy in Vienna
- Social Services (across the UK)
I would describe myself as compassionate, dynamic and grounded. I hold a firm belief that every person is individual, and has the potential to fully realise their unique qualities. Academically speaking, my approach is pluralistic – relational, psychodynamic, systemic, existential, and cognitive behavioural – and is underpinned by humanistic values. In other words, I adapt my approach to meet the needs of my client, and hold the firm belief that a key part (tool) of the growth process is the actual relationship with whom I’m working (from the internet addicted psychotherapy patient, to the company CEO business-coaching client).
Qualifications and Training
As a fully qualified psychotherapist I have a masters degree (with ‘Distinction’) in TA psychotherapy, a BSc. (with ‘Honours’) degree in psychology, a certified transactional analyst (CTA) and a qualified teacher and supervisor (PTSTA). Prior to becoming a UKCP registered psychotherapist I also undertook a three years training as a person-centred counsellor. I have also completed a professional doctorate at University of Manchester, granting professional status as a Chartered Psychologist. I hold a EuroPsy Certificate (awarded by the European Federation of Pyschologists’ Association) – an international award recognising the work and credability of psychologists across Europe.
As a psychologist I have studied and trained in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) applications at doctoral level. As a registered Acceptance Commitment Therapist (ACT) and professional member of the Association of Contextual Behaviorial Science (ACBS) I have published papers concerning my therapeutic and coaching work and how I implement ‘mindfulness’ into my therapy and coaching practices.
- BPS Chartered Counselling Psychologist.
- HCPC Applied Psychologist (reg. number: PLY29660
- UKCP registered psychotherapist (the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists)
- Registered senior member of the United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA) and the European
- Association of Transactional Analysis (EATA)
- Member of British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Counselling Psychology (national & regional branches)
- Professional member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS), as a registered Acceptance Commitment Therapist (ACT) [Cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT].
As an ethical practitioner all of my clinical work is supervised, further enhancing the safety, effectiveness and quality of my practice.
Recent publications (2011 – 2015)
Shorrock, M. (2011). The philosophical challenges within counselling psychology: Can Egan’s Skilled Helper Model help? Counselling Psychology Review (26), 3, 63-74.
Humphrey, N., Wolpert, M., Hanley, T., Sefi, A. & Shorrock, M. (2012). Settings. In T. Hanley, N. Humphrey & C. Lennie (Eds). Adolescent Counselling Psychology: Theory, Research and Practice. London: Routledge.
Shorrock, M. P. (2012). The pragmatic case study of Ed – A man who struggled with Internet addiction. Counselling Psychology Review (27), 2, 23-35.
Shorrock, M. P. (2012). Concerned about Internet Addiction? PRWeb Books, 1-4.
Shorrock, M. P. (2013). A Student’s Perspective. In Hanley, T. Lennie, C. & West, W. (Eds). Introducing Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. London: Sage.
Shorrock, M. P. (2013). Internet Addiction. The Transactional Analyst. (3), 4, 38-45.
Shorrock, M. P. (2013). The pragmatic case study of Ed (Revisited) – A key therapy session with a man who presented with Internet addiction.
Shorrock, M. P. (2013). Is Defusion Decontamination? – An examination of seemingly similar concepts and methods used in Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Transactional Analysis.
Shorrock, M. P. (2013). Why people become Internet addicted: A qualitative meta-synthesis of studies that explore aetiology, predisposing factors and other antecedents to Internet addiction.
Shorrock, M. P. (2013). We’re All Internet Addicted, Aren’t We? Ultifolio (1), 1.
Shorrock, M. P. (2014). The Noose and the Net: Confessions of an Internet Addict. The Transactional Analyst (4), 1, 15-19.
Shorrock, M. P. (2014). Pain is inevitable – Suffering is not. Austrian Journal of Occupational Therapy (4), 11-13.
Shorrock, M. P. (2015). An in-depth exploration of the experience and sense-making of transactional analyst psychotherapists working with clients who present with Internet addiction. International Journal of Transactional Analysis Research (6), 2, 31-54.