Dr Matt Shorrock

Dr Matt Shorrock


(Chart. Psychologist & Reg. Psychotherapist)

Managing Director and co-founder of The MIND Institute, An expatriate from the United Kingdom, currently based in Vienna, Austria, with his wife and twin boys. Huge fan of the natural world and anything outdoorsy ! 

What’s my professional background?

I am a chartered psychologist, leadership and mindset coach, as well as registered psychotherapist. Over the years, as a researcher and writer, I have published extensively and lectured internationally, and sit on the Editorial Board of the Transactional Analysis Journal (TAJ).

I have taken in-depth trainings in coaching and psychotherapy trainings in Authentic Leadership Development, person-centred counselling, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT / CBT), NLP, and am a Certified Transactional Analyst.

Before becoming a psychotherapist, psychologist and coach, I worked in the funeral sector, education, social work & social service management. For almost 30 years I have been enabling the growth of individuals and organisations, including twenty years experience of personal development in groups and training throughout Europe and Asia.

My areas of expertise include:

How would I describe myself as a person?

Compassionate, dynamic and grounded. I hold a firm belief that every person is individual, and has the potential to fully realise their unique qualities, wherever they ‘rest their hat’ in the world. As a British expat based in Vienna, with a special interest in working with the peak performing international community, I have come to believe that we are able to completely realise our potential, irrespective of our geographical circumstance, socio-economic background, or the cultural challenges we face, chosen or otherwise.

What’s my professional approach?

Academically speaking, my approach is pluralistic – relational, psychodynamic, pragmatic, existential, and cognitive behavioural – and underpinned by humanistic values. In other words, I adapt my approach to meet the needs of my client, be that an individual or organisation. I hold the firm belief that a key ingredient of the ‘growth process’ is the actual relationship with whom I am working. I would say that this philosophy, now defines and informs the culture and ethos of The Mind Institute

Past & present clients include:

  • BBC executives 

  • Senior United Nations diplomats

  • Blue-chip CEOs

  • World-class athletes

  • TED Talk Speakers

“… had a huge impact on my work. I highly recommend Dr. Matt’s trainings.”

Rawia Liverpool, Behavioural Change Coach

“Matt is undoubtedly one of the most driven, smart and conscientious individuals I have ever had the privilege to meet. He is an inspiration to be around and any company or person that has the opportunity to work with him… they should grab the opportunity with both hands!”

Martyn Harrison, Head of Sustainability Planning


“Matt is an authority in authentic leadership. His guidance, loyalty and expertise have supported me to build and consolidate substantial personal and professional growth over the past ten years, and to lead with integrity and purpose. He is warm and grounded as a person, and exceptionally skilled…” 

Tom Humphries, CEO

“I’ve learned so much from Dr. Shorrock… he is a highly skilled mental health professional, and extremely knowledgeable and experienced… a valuable mentor.”

Dr Natalie Loumba

University of Cyprus

“Dr. Matt had a very positive impact on my legacy… I can only give the most positive affirmation of his abilities, wisdom, knowledge, and care…”.

Martin Lomax, Commercial Director

Recent publications (from 2011 to present)

Shorrock, M. (2011). The philosophical challenges within counselling psychology: Can Egan’s Skilled Helper Model help? Counselling Psychology Review (26), 3, 63-74.

Humphrey, N., Wolpert, M., Hanley, T., Sefi, A. & Shorrock, M. (2012). Settings. In T. Hanley, N. Humphrey & C. Lennie (Eds). Adolescent Counselling Psychology: Theory, Research and Practice. London: Routledge.

Shorrock, M. P. (2012). The pragmatic case study of Ed – A man who struggled with Internet addiction. Counselling Psychology Review (27), 2, 23-35.

Shorrock, M. P. (2012). Concerned about Internet Addiction? PRWeb Books, 1-4.

Shorrock, M. P. (2013). A Student’s Perspective. In Hanley, T. Lennie, C. & West, W. (Eds). Introducing Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. London: Sage.

Shorrock, M. P. (2013). Internet Addiction. The Transactional Analyst. (3), 4, 38-45.

Shorrock, M. P. (2013). The pragmatic case study of Ed (Revisited) – A key therapy session with a man who presented with Internet addiction.

Shorrock, M. P. (2013). Is Defusion Decontamination? – An examination of seemingly similar concepts and methods used in Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Transactional Analysis.

Shorrock, M. P. (2013). Why people become Internet addicted: A qualitative meta-synthesis of studies that explore aetiology, predisposing factors and other antecedents to Internet addiction.

Shorrock, M. P. (2013). We’re All Internet Addicted, Aren’t We? Ultifolio (1), 1.

Shorrock, M. P. (2014). The Noose and the Net: Confessions of an Internet Addict. The Transactional Analyst (4), 1, 15-19.

Shorrock, M. P. (2014). Pain is inevitable – Suffering is not. Austrian Journal of Occupational Therapy (4), 11-13.

Shorrock, M. P. (2015). An in-depth exploration of the experience and sense-making of transactional analyst psychotherapists working with clients who present with Internet addiction. International Journal of Transactional Analysis Research (6), 2, 31-54.

Shorrock, M. P. (2018). In ‘My internet use is getting harder to manage and worrying me. What should I do’? The Guardian (International edition, 28.01.18, Noor. P.)  

Shorrock, M. P. (2022). Entrepreneurial Burnout: Recovery & Prevention. In press. 

Shorrock, M. P. (2022). Discovering Your True North: Living with Vision, Vigour & Vitality. Preferred Magazine. Canada.

Shorrock, M. P. (2023) The Balanced Entrepreneur: The Psychological Handbook for overcoming Stress, Overwhelm & Burnout.  The MIND Institute, Austria,


Résumé & Awards

I am a fully qualified psychotherapist; hold a masters degree (with ‘Distinction’) in TA psychotherapy; a BSc. (with ‘Honours’) degree in psychology; am a certified transactional analyst (CTA), and a Master Coach (Authentic Leadership).

At the University of Manchester, England, I have completed a professional doctorate and hold dual professional status as a Chartered Applied Psychologist and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Counselling Psychologist. I have also been awarded a EuroPsy Certificate (awarded by the European Federation of Pyschologists’ Association) – an international award recognising the work and credibility of psychologists.

Currently  based in Austria, I’m also registered with the Austrian Association of Psychotherapists (Österreichischer Berufsverband für Psychotherapie – ÖBVP). Prior to becoming a UKCP registered psychotherapist I also undertook a three year training as a person-centred counsellor.

As a chartered psychologist and executive coach I have studied and trained in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), and authentic leadership development at doctoral level. As a registered Acceptance Commitment therapist (ACT) and professional member of the Association of Contextual Behaviorial Science (ACBS) I have published papers concerning group / organisational dynamics and change management.


  • BPS Chartered Counselling Psychologist & HCPC Registered Applied Psychologist
  • Registered Psychotherapist with the Austrian ministry of health (BMG)
  • Member of the Austrian Association of Psychotherapists (Österreichischen Berufsverband für Psychotherapie)
  • Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • UKCP registered psychotherapist (the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists)
  • Registered senior member of the United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA) and the European Association of Transactional Analysis (EATA).
  • Member of British Psychological Society Division of Counselling Psychology (national & regional branches)
  • Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society. 
  • Professional member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS), as a registered Acceptance Commitment Therapist (ACT) [Cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT].
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