Originally from Austria, but grown up bilingually with a British mother, Francesca is co-founder and a director of The Mind Institute. Francesca has worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist in advanced clinical training in private practice in the UK since 2006 , as well as being a mum to twin boys. Francesca is also a fully qualified teacher and personal adviser with over 14 years’ experience of personal development in groups and training in the UK and in Vienna, Austria.
Before founding The Mind Institute in 2014, Francesca had established Oak Tree Therapy, Training & Research Institute, a centre of excellence in the UK, implementing and delivering clinical and research services. Prior to this she worked for the local authority, supporting young people with multiple and complex issues. Over the years Francesca has undertaken in-depth trainings in psychotherapy, counselling, life-coaching and meditation.
Francesca’s areas of interest and expertise include relationship difficulties, difficulties and confusion around sexuality, difficulties in finding a partner, parenting skills, baby blues, fertility issues, anxiety, and issues around self-esteem. Most latterly, along with husband, Dr Matthew Shorrock, she has developed a special interest in developing services for expatriates and the international community in Vienna.
She sees her counselling role as two-fold: facilitating clients to develop personal insight; and also to provide them with the tools to change and realise their individual values and goals. She enjoys working creatively and using a diverse range of research-informed techniques to facilitate change and growth in her client work. Francesca believes that every person is destined to live a happy, successful and fulfilled life, given they have the right tools. A philosophy that steers her practice, and that of The Mind Institute.
Qualifications & Trainings
Francesca is committed to life-long personal development, and has undertaken 16 years of advanced clinical training as a psychotherapist in the UK.
Also, she is currently working towards a master’s degree in psychotherapy in the UK (Transactional Analysis) and full registration in Austria. She is a fully qualified counsellor (Lebens- und Sozialberater) and adheres to the ethical framework of counsellors in Austria, as well as the European Association of Transactional Analysis (EATA).
She also possesses an honours degree as a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) and holds a Diploma in Paedagogics (Dipl. Paed.). While working for the local authority in the UK, she successfully completed an NVQ 4 in Advice and Guidance, which also equips her to work pragmatically, as a coach, with a wide range of issues, as well as psychologically, as a counsellor.
Francesca has also attended intensive trainings in neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), with the internationally acclaimed life-coach Anthony Robbins.
Francesca is a registered member of the United Kingdom Association of Transactional Analysis (UKATA). [UKATA is a member organisation of the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists – UKCP, and the European Association of Transactional Analysis, EATA]. As an ethical practitioner all of her clinical work is supervised, further enhancing the safety, effectiveness and quality of her practice, and that of the counsellors she supervises and trains.