Dr. Matthew Shorrock CPysych; D.Couns; MA (Psych); BSc Hons (Pychol); CTA, PTSTA

Dr. Matthew Shorrock CPysych; D.Couns; MA (Psych); BSc Hons (Pychol); CTA, PTSTA

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Manchester City Centre

0044 7984937924 / 0044 7984937924

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About me

I am a chartered counselling psychologist, counsellor, UKCP reg. psychotherapist, supervisor and professional trainer for Local Government and in private practice. I also work as a writer and researcher and have completed a doctorate program at the University of Manchester, as part of my research for a book concerning the treatment of Internet addiciton. I also work as an honorary lecturer as University of Manchester.

As a clinical consultant and coach I offer professional psychological commentary for British television and radio programs. Fully qualified and UKCP registered, I have trained in person-centred counselling and also psychotherapy (TA training as a Transactional Analyst with Psychotherapy speciality - UKATA Registered; Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) - ACBS Registered i.e. mindfulness-based CBT therapist), and I am a certified professional trainer.

With over twenty years grounding within the helping professions, and with over fifteen years experience of personal development in groups and training throughout England, Europe and India my areas of expertise include trauma, difficulties in adult relationships, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and complex bereavement.

Prior to working as a psychotherapist, trainer and Clinical Director at Oak Tree Therapy, Training & Research Institute  I have worked in the funeral sector, education, social work & Local Authority senior management.

I would describe myself as compassionate, dynamic and grounded. I hold a firm belief that every person is individual, and has the potential to fully realise their unique qualities. Academically speaking, my approach is integrative - relational, psychodynamic, existential, and cognitive behavioural - and underpinned by humanistic values. In ordinary terms, I adapt my approach to meet the needs of my client, and hold the firm belief that a key part (tool) of the growth process is the actual relationship with whom I'm working.


Simply send me / us an email (info@oaktreetherapy.co.uk) briefly sharing:

1.   What you are struggling with.
2.   What you hope to achieve from counselling / therapy (if you know this already).
3.   Your availability for the forthcoming week.

We will then meet for an initial meeting, to discuss your concerns and a plan forward!

Training, qualifications & experience

Chartered Counselling Psychologist;

Counselling psychologist - Doctorate;

Fully qualified UKCP Registered Psychotherapist;

Masters Degree in TA Psychotherapy (with Distinction);

Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA) after undertaking five years advanced clinical training;

BSc. (Honours) Degree in Psychology;

Certificate in Counselling including three year training in person-centred Rogerian Counselling.

Consultancy for TV and Radio broadcasts.

Experienced individual, couple and group therapist.

Honorary Lecturer at University of Manchester.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Other areas of counselling I deal with


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

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. (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. TBC.

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. Internation Journal of Transactional Analaysis Research (6), 2, 31-54.

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  • Oak Tree Consultancy (UK) aka The Mind Institute (Europe)
  • 'The Practice'
  • 'The Practice'
  • 'The Practice'

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I operate a sliding scale of fees. I also have a limited number concessionary rate places that are available for people on low income, therapist trainees, unemployed or registered charities.

It's also possible to see one of the therapists working at my practice, all of whom I personally recruited and now supervise. Quality and excellence of service guaranteed!

See website for special offers and discounts.

www.oaktreetherapy.co.uk (UK)

www.themindinstitute.at (Austria)

Further information

After completing a professional doctorate in counselling psychology I hold dual professional status as a BPS Chartered Counselling Psychologist (and HSPC registerered psychologist).  

UKCP Registered Psychotherapist (the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists).

Registered Member of the Institute of Transactional Analysis (ITA).

Registered with the European Association of Transaction Analyis (EATA).

Full member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Full member of the Division of Counselling Psychology (BPS).

As an ethical practitioner all of my clinical work is supervised, further enhancing the safety, effectiveness and quality of my practice.

As a dedicated practitioner I am committed to post doctoral training and research, and the provision of excellence in the field of supervision to counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists.

Maps & Directions

Manchester, M1

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Yes
Other languages: German


Presently only available for life and business coaching, online.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

Qualified clinical supervisor (PTSTA), UKCP registered psychotherapist, Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Applied Psychologist, & BPS Chartered Psychologist.

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