we are a group of psychologists passionate about working with families
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
Dr Andrea Shortland
Clinical & Forensic Psychologist, EMDR Consultant (adult & child) and accredited ddp practitioner.
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 with adults, adolescents and children. Andrea is also an accredited Dyadic Development Psychotherapy (DDP) Practitioner and is trained and experienced in other attachment focused therapies for children and families including Theraplay. 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
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:
“Without the counseling sessions, I could never have got to a position where I have both forgiven myself and my former partner for mistakes we made, and learnt how to be content on my own, taking things one day at a time.”
“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!”
Dr Charis Green
Dr Charis Green is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Charis has significant experience of working within NHS mental health services with adults, children and families. She currently works within the NHS as a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist within an NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) setting, alongside her work with Shortland Psychology. She also has experience in completing expert witness assessments for Family Court.
Charis has a particular specialism in working with young people with complex mental health difficulties and risk presentations, including those at high risk to themselves, those in contact with the youth justice system and those at risk of exploitation. Charis is trained within the Adaptive Mentalisation Based Integrative Treatment (AMBIT) model, and draws upon this strongly within her therapeutic work. Charis has also trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), is a member of the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Society in the UK and Ireland, and has experience of practicing within an accredited DBT team. Alongside these approaches, Charis uses an integrative approach to clinical practice, also drawing on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and Attachment Therapies within her therapeutic work.
Young people’s stories and strengths can often be lost within complex difficulties and traumatic experiences. Within my clinical work I aim to use a safe therapeutic relationship to support individuals to make sense of their lives and experiences, build upon their strengths, skills and relationships, and work towards the things that feel important to them.
In my spare time I am more often than not outside, either with my horses and my dog, or trying (with limited success) to be a gardener.
What client says:
“We were very pleased and grateful… Charis was a delightful therapist to share our daughters difficult journey.”
Dr Ananda Van Den Heuvel
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.”
Dr Louisa Stokou
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 Lucy Mills