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Institute for Personal & Professional Development





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I work as a psychologist, psychotherapist, supervisor, researcher, writer, and professional trainer within private practice, local government and at the University of Manchester. I am also an honorary lecturer at the University of Manchester. I have trained in person centred counselling, acceptance commitment therapy (ACT / CBT) and depth psychotherapy (Transactional Analyst with Psychotherapy speciality - UKATA / UKCP registered).  


With over twenty years experience working within the helping profession, including ten years experience of personal development in groups and training throughout Europe and Asia, my areas of expertise include difficulties in adult relationships, complex bereavement, phobias, psychological issues relating to fertility, and working with groups. I am currently writing a book on the growing phenomena of Internet addiction, including pornography, social networking, and gaming addictions.


Prior to working as a psychotherapist and trainer I have worked in the funeral sector, education, social work & social service management. Increasingly so, I find myself being invited to offer consultancy and professional psychological commentary for television and radio programs. This latter, unexpected twist in my career particularly excites me at the moment as I am keen to promote the ethical and professional application of psychology within the media (particularly news and topical / ethical debate programs).


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, existential, and cognitive behavioural - and underpinned by humanistic values. In ordinary terms, 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.  



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, and am 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, and with professional status as a Chartered Counselling Psychologist. I hold a EuroPsy Certificate (awarded by the European Federation of Pyschologists' Association) - an international award recognising the work and credability of psychologists.  


As a HCPC registered 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 work and how I implement 'mindfulness' into my practice.  

  • BPS Chartered Counselling Psychologist.

  • Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered psychologist.

  • Full member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).                                                                                                                          

  • 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 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. 

Professional Memberships, Registrations & Ethics

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 Analaysis Research (6), 2, 31-54.


Most recent publications (2011 - 2015)

              Dr. Matthew Shorrock CPyschol; D.Couns; MA Psych (Distinction); BSc (Hons) Psychol; CTA; PTSTA.


                Chartered Psychologist, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, Certified Transactional Analyst & Provisional Teaching & Supervising Transactional Analyst.