Victoria Shorthouse ::
… is a Psychotherapist in private practice holding a Bachelor of Counselling and Human Change (BCHC).
Trained with a sound theoretical knowledge and understanding of the therapeutic change process, Victoria also, as a condition of qualifying, has engaged in an intensive personal therapy program – newsworthy only in the fact that it is not at all commonplace within the industry.
Considered a ‘facilitator of change’, Victoria firmly believes you cannot take your client somewhere you have yet to venture yourself.
With this in mind she views her personal and professional development as an ethical necessity. She attends regular individual and group therapy sessions to promote further learning and growth, and holds professional membership with PACFA (Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia). As a professional member, Victoria complies with the professional codes of conduct, ongoing training and ethically based standards of best practice of this association.
As well as her private practice clients, Victoria runs self-esteem groups for the Schizophrenia Fellowship (SFNSW) and is a service partner for Black Dog Institute, running REACH depression and bipolar support groups.
Victoria attributes the benefits of psychotherapy to her own continued health, success and satisfaction with life. Diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) in 2000, brought on by depression, Victoria has been fully functioning and well for over a decade, and is keen to assist others facing the difficulties associated with these debilitating conditions.
Victoria specialises in issues relating to anxiety, depression and mood disorders, with an added interest in the correlation between these conditions and their role in the development of adrenal and chronic fatigue (making herself available for research projects focusing on the impact of psychotherapeutic intervention in the treatment of CFS, and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, ME).
Bringing a wealth of experience along with a large client portfolio, Victoria has assisted individuals struggling with schizophrenia, depression, mood disorders, anxiety, personality disorders, addiction, grief and loss, trauma, disordered eating and childhood sexual abuse.