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we are a group of psychologists passionate about working with families

About Us

We are a group of psychologists passionate about working with families. Founded by clinical and forensic psychologist, Dr Andrea Shortland and joined by Dr Jocelyne Kenny (clinical psychologist and systemic practitioner), Dr Ananda van den Heuvel (clinical psychologist), Dr Sharon Brooks (clinical psychologist and EMDR accredited practitioner) and Dr Louisa Stokou (clinical psychologist). We have extensive experience in working with families from all walks of life across a range of settings. Our work has included working with: couples facing relationship difficulties; attachment and trauma difficulties with adopted and looked after children; and working with families following bereavement, traumatic experiences, acquired brain injury and long term neurological and health conditions. In addition to the online and digital resources provided by the Pocket Family Psychologist, we also offer face-to-face therapy through www.shortlandpsychology.com.

As psychologists, we are trained to draw upon multiple theoretical approaches and the research evidence base to develop flexible frameworks and interventions that are based upon individual client need.

Why Family Psychology Matters?

What is clinical psychologist

A brief overview of the main therapeutic approaches we use and will draw upon in our work with families
Dr Andrea Shortland

Dr Andrea Shortland

Clinical and Forensic Psychologist. EMDR Consultant (adult & child)

Dr Andrea Shortland is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist chartered with the British Psychological Society and registered as a Practitioner Psychologist as a Forensic and Clinical Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council. Andrea is a fully accredited EMDR Practitioner accredited in working both with adults and children. Andrea is also trained and experienced in a range of attachment focused therapies for children and families including Theraplay and Dyadic Development Psychotherapy (DDP). Andrea has specialised in working with families throughout her career.

What clients say:
“Andrea was lovely and I am so happy my son is comfortable and content to go back to see her. She has already got him talking.”

“Andrea created a nurturing and supportive environment for us to be open and honest which meant we could fully benefit from her expertise. We felt such validation of our feelings and experiences and she made our life feel ordinary in such extraordinary circumstances. Now our children are thriving at this stage of their little lives because we have taken the time we needed to understand, accept and develop to be the best parents we can to two children impacted by loss and trauma. We can’t thank you enough.”

Dr Jocelyne Kenny

Dr Jocelyne Kenny

clinical psychologist and systemic practitioner

Dr Jocelyne Kenny is a Senior Chartered Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). She is also a Systemic Practitioner registered with the Association of Family Therapy.

Jocelyne specialises in helping parents to understand their children’s behaviour. She is particularly knowledgeable in working with anger, tantrums and behaviour which can be difficult or challenging. Jocelyne has particular expertise in supporting parents to co-parent effectively. This includes parents who have divorced or separated, or where there is conflict or disagreement around parenting more generally. She works with couples and families at many different stages, including those experiencing relationship difficulties, divorce and where separate families are coming together to form new ‘blended’ units.

Jocelyne continues to work both in the NHS and private practice.

What clients say:
“I wanted to say thank you so much for everything, you’ve really helped me a lot. I’m doing a lot better at the moment, and things are going well in terms of school/my relationship/friendships, so thank you for helping me get back on the right path!”

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Dr Ananda Van Den Heuvel

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Ananda Van Den Heuvel is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). She is also a Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) Practitioner registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council. Ananda has extensive experience in supporting adults, children and young people who present with a variety of difficulties and problems affecting their mental health and well-being. Ananda has specialist knowledge and experience in Adult Mental Health and Child Development and Paediatrics and offers a range of psychological services within the NHS and private practice, including assessments, interventions, consultation, teaching and supervision.

What clients say:
“A huge thank you to Ananda for yesterday’s session.  She was utterly lovely and spot on.  Some useful things to try and book recommendations. It was a very positive experience and will really help.  Incredible.”

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Dr Louisa Stokou

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Louisa Stokou is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and the British Psychological Society. Louisa has worked extensively within NHS and Social Care/Child Protection settings, including within child and adolescent mental health teams (CAMHS). Since 2016, she has been delivering complex psychological assessments for Family Courts.

Louisa specialises in supporting: children and young people who have experienced complex developmental trauma and parents and carers who wish to make changes in their parenting and relationship with their children. Louisa is highly skilled in attachment-based parenting interventions, such as Video Interaction Guidance and TheraPlay, and has specialist training in mentalisation-based family interventions.

What clients say:
“We found our appointment with Louisa to be wonderful and so helpful. We would like another session in a few weeks time.”

Dr Sharon Brooks

Clinical Psychologist and EMDR Accredited Practitioner

Dr Sharon Brooks is a Clinical Psychologist, chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). Sharon is also an Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) accredited Practitioner and a member of EMDR UK and Ireland Association. Throughout her career, Sharon has specialised in working with adults with a wide range of mental health difficulties and has worked within a range of Adult Mental Health settings, including inpatient, forensic, mental health rehabilitation and the community. Sharon’s experience includes extensive work in the NHS and private sector both in a clinical and leadership capacity.

Sharon has expertise in working with adults experiencing a range of mental health difficulties. These include trauma and attachment difficulties, anxiety, mood-based problems (including depression), stress and relationship difficulties.

What clients say:
“One of the most helpful things is when Sharon effortlessly remembers small things I may have said in past sessions and uses them to add to the bigger picture. I may not have even noticed some of the comments I have made but she pays so much attention to detail and I know she is really listening. It makes me feel like she is really invested in helping and supporting me.”

“I am still amazed at the therapy which seems so simple, worked fantastically for me. Thank you so very much.”

Dr Andrea Shortland

Dr Andrea Shortland

BACKGROUND

Dr Andrea Shortland is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist chartered with the British Psychological Society and registered as a Practitioner Psychologist as a Forensic and Clinical Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council. Andrea is a fully accredited EMDR Practitioner accredited in working both with adults and children. Andrea is also trained and experienced in a range of attachment focused therapies for children and families including Theraplay and Dyadic Development Psychotherapy (DDP). Andrea has specialised in working with families throughout her career. Highlights have included a 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.

EXPERTISE

Andrea has specialist expertise in the assessment and treatment of trauma, anxiety and attachment difficulties in children, adults and families. Andrea is passionate about integrating and tailoring interventions for families to ensure choice and control for the family and the most effective approach. She combines latest approaches such as ACT and Compassion Focused Therapy with EMDR, CBT and systemic approaches. Andrea’s therapeutic 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.

ANDREA SAYS:

“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.”

Dr Jocelyne Kenny

Dr Jocelyne Kenny

BACKGROUND

Dr Jocelyne Kenny is a highly specialist Clinical Psychologist chartered with the British Psychological Society, registered as a practitioner psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council, and member of the Association of Family Therapy. Jocelyne has a keen interest in working with couples and families, and the various systems that are often part and parcel of family life, including health and social care services, schools, residential homes and employers. In addition to being a Clinical Psychologist, Jocelyne also has Systemic Practitioner status following her successful completion of two years of further training in working with families and organisations at the Tavistock & Portman in London. Undertaking this training, on top of a busy career in the NHS, reflects Jocelyne’s dedication to providing the highest quality work in this area.

EXPERTISE

Jocelyne is an experienced therapist who is comfortable working with one or any number of people in the therapy room. She is highly skilled in providing support to individuals, couples and families, and has developed expertise in compassion focussed therapy (CFT) and family and systemic work. Jocelyne has undertaken additional training in CBT also, and enjoys supporting people in learning ways to help themselves in a more ‘hands off’ approach. 

Working for the NHS is important to Jocelyne. She has a busy practice in a local neuropsychology service supporting ‘stroke survivors’ and their families in adjusting to life after stroke. In her NHS work Jocelyne carries out highly complex neuropsychological assessments as well as ongoing therapy.

JOCELYNE SAYS:

I find the process of working with couples and families freeing, in the sense that ‘anything goes’. I respect the diversity and uniqueness that each and every couple or family bring, and feel hugely privileged to be allowed into their lives. Combining my NHS related work with Shortland Psychology and Pocket Family Psychologist enables me to develop an exciting and diverse range of experience, knowledge and skills. Gardening is my other big passion. When I’m not in the therapy room you can find me digging up worms with my daughters, talking to the vegetables or endlessly pruning the roses.

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Ananda van den Heuvel

BACKGROUND

Dr Ananda van den Heuvel is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). She is also a Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) Practitioner registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council. Ananda has extensive experience in supporting adults, children and young people who present with a variety of difficulties and problems affecting their mental health and well-being.

EXPERTISE

Ananda has specialist knowledge and experience in Adult Mental Health and Child Development and Paediatrics and offers a range of psychological services within the NHS and private practice, including assessments, interventions, consultation, teaching and supervision. Her practice is informed by a variety of theoretical approaches, including cognitive behavioural, psychodynamic, and systemic models that are tailored to the needs and preferences of clients and informed by available evidence. Ananda has a broad range of interests. Her main areas of expertise include supporting individuals and families affected by: neurodevelopmental difficulties such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD); developmental difficulties (e.g. feeding, toileting, sleep) including those that occur in the context of ASD; and physical illness and unexplained symptoms.

ANANDA VAN DEN HEUVEL:

After more than 10 years of practice in mental health I continue to be inspired by the human potential for growth and resilience through connectedness with ourselves and others and a willingness to acknowledge and explore our emotional suffering. It is an absolutely privilege to accompany my clients on their path to personal growth.

Louise

Dr Louisa Stokou

BACKGROUND

Dr Louisa Stokou is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and the British Psychological Society. Louisa has worked extensively within NHS and Social Care/Child Protection settings, including within child and adolescent mental health teams (CAMHS). Since 2016, she has been delivering complex psychological assessments for Family Courts.

EXPERTISE

Louisa specialises in supporting: children and young people who have experienced complex developmental trauma and parents and carers who wish to make changes in their parenting and relationship with their children. Louisa is highly skilled in attachment-based parenting interventions, such as Video Interaction Guidance and TheraPlay, and has specialist training in mentalisation-based family interventions. Although Louisa has a particular expertise in working with children and young people who have experienced developmental trauma, she is also extremely experienced in: parent-child attachment relationships; the impact of adult mental health difficulties; personality difficulties and child and adolescent mental health difficulties in school and within the family.

LOUISA SAYS:

Adversity is an inevitable part of life and we can all become overwhelmed or confused by our relationships, interactions with others and the memories that we carry with us from our early years. As a clinician, I try to listen to the spoken and unspoken narratives that people bring into therapy and co-create new meaning through a process of exploration and acceptance. Sometimes an outside perspective is enough to create new possibilities of change. When I am not working, I love to spend time with my two children, usually covered in paint or making ninja swords and slime.

Dr Sharon Brooks

BACKGROUND

Dr Sharon Brooks is a Clinical Psychologist, chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). Sharon is also an Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) trained therapist and a member of EMDR UK and Ireland Association. Throughout her career, Sharon has specialised in working with adults with a wide range of mental health difficulties and has worked within a range of Adult Mental Health settings, including inpatient, forensic, mental health rehabilitation and the community. Sharon’s experience includes extensive work in the NHS and private sector both in a clinical and leadership capacity.

EXPERTISE

Sharon has expertise in working with adults experiencing a range of mental health difficulties. These include trauma and attachment difficulties, anxiety, mood-based problems (including depression), stress and relationship difficulties. Sharon works collaboratively with clients using evidence-based interventions such as Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), CBT, compassion-focussed therapy and systemic models. Sharon uses an integrative approach, drawing on a range of psychological models, enabling her to tailor her approach to the needs and preferences of each client. Sharon has undertaken additional training in Attachment Informed EMDR, many aspects of which inform all of her work, in particular the powerful benefits of developing a strong resource team with all clients.

SHARON SAYS:

I have always been fascinated by human experience and, in particular, the impact of our early relationships and experiences on our well-being. Emotional disturbance is an understandable and natural response to the challenges we can all experience in our lives. I am inspired by our natural ability to heal and the possibilities for long-lasting change. Working with my clients to understand, manage and find ways to relieve their distress is an incredibly rewarding experience. Outside of my work, my friends and my family are my passion. I have 2 young children and so spend a lot of time playing and with them I have recently re-discovered the joy of swimming in the sea.