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Dr Andrea Shortland – News

We’re pleased to announce that Dr Andrea Shortland is now an accredited Dyadic Development Psychotherapy (DDP) Practitioner! DDP is an effective treatment for families with adopted or fostered children who have endured neglect or abuse with their birth families and have suffered significant developmental trauma. The therapy is family-based and helps children create secure attachments to their parents and learn to trust others. To become a Practitioner in DDP, Andrea has completed a minimum of 10 recorded reviews of her DDP work under...

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EMDR Consultant and Practitioner News

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a unique therapy that helps process trauma. It can be really effective in relieving distress to help people get back to enjoying life. At Shortland Psychology, we love this therapy because we have witnessed many success stories with it. We are therefore excited to announce that Dr Andrea Shortland, is now an EMDR adult, adolescent and child Consultant. This means that she has not only completed specialist training but has extensive experience in the practice of EMDR with a wide variety...

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Client Feedback

"Thank you for everything you did for us both. I was really struggling to know what to do to help her, it was heartbreaking to watch her sink into such a terrifying place but you calmly managed to pick her up and let her see the way out of the depths that she was in. I am used to coping with what life throws at me but I was completely unable to see a way to help her and terrified about what could happen. You are brilliant at your job, I will always be very grateful to you. She is much better now and improving all the time, there have been...

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Offering Online Therapy during Covid-19 crisis

During the Covid-19 crisis we are delivering all of our therapeutic approaches online to existing and new clients - children, adults and families including family therapy and EMDR. Just get in touch if you want to discuss this further by sending an email to . It might be useful for you to know that most insurance companies are authorising online therapy sessions at this time.

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Video by Dr Justin Havens

We love this technique and video by Dr Justin Havens, which is a really empowering, simple and creative approach for dealing with nightmares and night terrors.

It is something you can do yourself at home and get creative with. If you need further help with nightmares get in touch as this is something we can help...

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Getting to know Jo Dunn

As an allied health profession, psychology can position you in local government as well as in health settings and, with a particular interest in workforce functioning, that's where I've been since qualifying in 2016. Working as a Psychologist in a community social care service provides a holistic setting in which to think about client and family well-being, and also provides an insight into the pressures on services; how it's possible for organisations to provide the conditions in which frontline staff are able...

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Getting to know Jocelyne Kenny

What do you like most about working with couples and families?

For me, it makes so much sense to work with a ‘system’ – be it a couple, family or other group of people. As human beings, we are surrounded by many many systems. You might have a partner, your own family, children, parents, grandparents etc. Your children have their school system, your parents might have residential care home systems…the list goes on and on! If we stop and think about how connected we are, and how much these connections can...

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Compassion-focused therapy – Self Reflection

Sharon recently attended a self-practice self-reflection workshop presented by Tobyn Bell. Compassion-focused therapy and techniques can be particularly helpful for people who experience high levels of self criticism and shame and who struggle to connect with feelings of inner warmth and safety.

Sharon found the workshop offered an excellent opportunity to practice compassion-focused therapy techniques on herself and to reflect on the experience both personally and with colleagues. Self-practice and reflection can be a meaningful...

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Attachment Therapy letter from a Foster Mum

Dear Andrea, Just wanted to say a huge thank you for everything you've done for D, but particularly for me over the past year and more. I've learned so very much from your knowledge, emotional and intellectual intelligence, and skilful deftness. You were a true anchor to us, through every twist and turn, up and down and were instrumental in making our time as Mother and Son a joyous success. I shall be forever grateful to the Local Authority that you were given to us. There is no way I could've provided a truly therapeutic home...

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Course completed in Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Andrea has just completed a four day course in Copenhagen in this approach, which she found to be inspiring and compassionate training. There was a real emphasis on the difficulty that many people who have suffered enduring or complex trauma have in connecting with their body. As with most trauma symptoms, this is done in an attempt to cope with and survive very difficult experiences but can leave the person feeling disconnected once the trauma has passed. This very gentle and highly respectful yoga approach can help the individual...

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