WHO WE ARE Dr Matthew Shorrock(bio) & Francesca Shorrock(bio) are the founders and directors of The Practice. They are dedicated practitioners within their own right, and have built several very successful practices within the UK and Austria (www.themindinstitute.at and www.oaktreetherapy.co.uk). Matt is a qualified psychotherapist, psychologist and coach. Much of his work has been specialised in supervising and coaching other practitioners develop their practice. Francesca, Viennese-born, has also spent most of her adult life practicing as a psychotherapist in the UK, before resettling in Vienna. Matt and Francesca founded The Practice as they wish to share their extensive experience and success with other practitioners who wish to build safe, professional and thriving practices.
OUR PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUNDS
Originally from Austria, Francesca is co-founder and a director of The Mind Institute. For over a decade Francesca has worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist in private practice, 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, 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, life-coaching and meditation.
Francesca's areas of interest and expertise include relationship difficulties, parenting skills, post-natal depression, fertility issues, anxiety, eating disorders, depression 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 therapeutic 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 the therapeutic or growth process. Francesca believes that every person is destined to live a happy, successful and fulfilled life, a philosophy that steers her practice, and that of The Mind Institute.
DR MATTHEW SHORROCK
Matt is a registered psychotherapist and chartered psychologist, as well as supervisor, executive coach and organisational consultant. As a researcher and writer he has published extensively and lectured internationally, and sits on the Editorial Board of the Transactional Analysis Journal (TAJ). He has untaken in-depth trainings in person-centred counselling, acceptance commitment therapy (ACT / CBT) and is a Certified Transactional Analyst.
Before becoming a psychotherapist, psychologist and coach, Matt has worked in the funeral sector, education, social work & social service management. With over twenty years experience enabling the growth of individuals and organisations, including fifteen years experience of personal development in groups and training throughout Europe and Asia, areas of expertise include group psycho-dynamics, change management within organisations, expatriate integration, and internet addiction treatment.
Matt describes himself as compassionate, dynamic and grounded. He holds a firm belief that every person is individual, and has the potential to fully realise their unique qualities, regardless of where they live. Academically speaking, his approach is pluralistic - relational, psychodynamic, pragmatic, existential, and cognitive behavioural - and underpinned by humanistic values. In ordinary terms, he adapts his approach to meet the needs of his client, be that an individual or organisation, and holds the firm believe that a key part (tool) of the growth process is the actual relationship with whom he is working. Matt's philosophy now defines and informs the culture and ethos of The Mind Institute.
THE MIND INSTITUTE The Mind Institute offers a complement of services, committed to personal growth, professional development and organisational excellence. Services are delivered by a multidisciplinary team of highly qualified psychologists, coaches, and psychotherapists. Dr Matthew Shorrock & Francesca Shorrock are the founders and directors of The Mind Institute. They are supported by 'like-minded' professional associates, who share their philosophy and vision:
"Every client (individual or organisation) is different. Every client can make decisions. Every client can realise their full unique potential... irrespective of where they are in the world" .
In this vein, we support the internationally community of expatriates and international organisations, and all of our services are delivered in English by native english speakers.
If you share our philosophy, and would like to work with us, then we would very much like to connect with you. www.themindinstitute.at