Dr Matthew Shorrock
Dr Matthew Shorrock
Dr Matthew Shorrock is a Managing Director and co-founder of The Mind Institute, and an expatriate from the United Kingdom. Dr. Shorrock is also clinical director of the International Centre for Internet Addiction (a highly specialised division of The Mind Institute).
Interview with Dr. Shorrock
What’s your professional background?
I am a chartered psychologist, executive coach and psychotherapist registered within Austria and the UK. 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 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 over twenty five 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: leadership and management coaching in charisma, authenticity and executive presence; change management within organisations; expatriate integration and cross-cultural relationships; and internet / screen addiction.
How would you describe yourself 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 members of the international community, I have come to believe that we are able to completely realise our potential, irrespective of our geographical circumstance, and the cultural challenges we face, chosen or otherwise.
What is your 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, which I share with Francesca, now defines and informs the culture and ethos of The Mind Institute.
As a fully qualified psychotherapist he has a masters degree (with ‘Distinction’) in TA psychotherapy, a BSc. (with ‘Honours’) degree in psychology, is a certified transactional analyst (CTA). Now based in Austria, he is a registered psychotherapist and a member of the Austrian Association of Psychotherapists (Österreichischer Berufsverband für Psychotherapie – ÖBVP). Prior to becoming a UKCP registered psychotherapist he also undertook a three year training as a person-centred counsellor.
Dr Shorrock has also completed a professional doctorate at the University of Manchester, England, and holds dual professional status as a Chartered Applied Psychologist and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Counselling Psychologist. He has also been awarded a EuroPsy Certificate (awarded by the European Federation of Pyschologists’ Association) – an international award recognising the work and credibility of psychologists.
As a chartered psychologist and executive coach he has studied and trained in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) applications at doctoral level. As a registered Acceptance Commitment therapist (ACT) and professional member of the Association of Contextual Behaviorial Science (ACBS) he has published papers concerning group 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)
- Professional member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS), as a registered Acceptance Commitment Therapist (ACT) [Cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT].
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.)