Dr Andrea Shortland is now an EMDR Consultant, while Dr Sharon Brooks is an accredited EMDR Practitioner – Hurray!

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 Pocket Family, we love the therapy because we have witnessed so many success stories with it.

We’re therefore very excited to announce that Dr Andrea Shortland, the founder of Pocket Family Psychologist, 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 of clients. She is also now qualified to supervise other EMDR therapists who are working towards their own accreditation. Essentially, Andrea knows her stuff when it comes to EMDR therapy and trauma processing!

Meanwhile, another of our Clinical Psychologists, Dr Sharon Brooks, has just finished her accreditation to become an EMDR Practitioner. This means she has demonstrated competence in the practice of EMDR, under the supervision of an EMDR Consultant, such as Andrea. Sharon is now listed on the EMDR Association’s website in which you can find an EMDR therapist easily here and ensure that if you work with someone, they too are accredited.

If you’re interested in EMDR, you can learn more about how it would work on our sister website, Shortland Psychology, or read our recent block post on how EMDR has been simplified to address ongoing distress, effective in only a handful of sessions.

Take care,

Pocket Family Psychologist

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"Dr Andrea Shortland’s session for MediaCom on a children’s mental health was incredibly informative"

“Dr Andrea Shortland’s session for MediaCom on a children’s mental health was incredibly informative. During the second period of lockdown and home-schooling; parents and children found themselves again in a period of upheaval and transition. Many parents and carers were extremely worried about their children’s mental health and their own ability to be present and engaged whilst also playing the role of teacher and care giver. Dr Shortland gave attendees an insight into how many parents were feeling; tips on supporting children and helping them cope whilst studying from home and also managing their mental health. She also helped us realise the importance of taking care of ourselves in order to effectively support our children. It was such a useful session that we realise it was also pertinent for not only children’s mental health but also adults! We will be holding another session with Dr Andrea and MediaCom soon.”

Avelon Thompson, MediaCom (following a parenting workshop)