How does family therapy work?

Are you interested in knowing what a family therapy session or consultation looks like?

We loved “I blame my parents” currently available on BBC iPlayer.

Click here to watch.

It is only 18 mins long. It gets straight in with the issues that need to be worked with: 23-year-old Dammy’s anxiety and her conflict with her mother,  Arinola.  Family Therapist, Hannah Sherbersky quickly demonstrates the power of creating a safe space to explore different perspectives and needs for this mother and daughter.

Family sessions often blows us away, even after all these years! A family can make huge shifts, sometimes in as little as one or two family sessions. Repeatedly, we see how a small change or comment can start a domino or cog effect leading to much bigger changes for the family.

We would love to hear what you think – drop us an email at or comment on our Instagram @pocketfamilypsychologist or Facebook page.


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PS If you are interested in giving family therapy a try, you can book an online single session here (you are free to book as many follow up sessions as your family needs). Whilst we all work with families,  Dr Jocelyne Kenny and Dr Lucy Mills have both completed further family therapy training.

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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)