• Assessment

We pride ourselves on using our expertise and experience to deliver high quality assessments.

Our assessment process varies depending on your needs.

Once you have made contact with us, we will determine how we can best assist you. This may include therapeutic or expert witness assessments.


Therapeutic assessment focuses on understanding the difficulties faced by the individual who has experienced trauma and the barriers they feel they are facing.

As part of this we review the life stage of the individual and their strengths and abilities. We discuss how the individual would like to see changes in their feelings, thoughts and behaviour.


For expert witness assessments, or those within the context of legal proceedings, we are experienced in assessing factors such as: cognitive or intellectual functioning; mental health; impact of trauma history; attachment or family functioning. Our assessments always include clinical interviews/discussion, questionnaires and psychometric testing. Observation and structured play assessments are often used to explore childhood relationships and attachments*.

Our reputation is founded upon the ability of our specialist team to deliver high quality and impactful assessments.

*We can also screen and make recommendations for additional assessments, via other specialists, for sensory processing difficulties, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) or Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


If you, your child or family are affected by trauma please visit our therapy page for information on how we can support you.


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As a Guardian Ad Litem representing children, I have worked with Dr Shortland on a number of cases and would recommend her highly. She provides a very professional and fair assessment in respect of clients and remains child focused throughout. Her reports are always provided on time and she is balanced and thorough in her approach.

Guardian Ad Litem