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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. We were founded by clinical and forensic psychologist, Dr Andrea Shortland, and joined by clinical psychologist and systemic practitioner, Dr Jocelyne Kenny and Dr Ananda van den Heuvel. 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?

Dr Andrea Shortland

Dr Andrea Shortland

clinical and forensic psychologist

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.
Dr Jocelyne Kenny

Dr Jocelyne Kenny

clinical psychologist and systemic practitioner

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.
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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.

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.