I am a TA Counselling supervisor (PTSTA (C) and am passionate about the TA counselling field. I choose a cognitive, creative, systemic approach to my supervision. My frame of reference is firmly based in wellness rather than pathology.
One of the models I use is the seven-eyed supervision model (Hawkins & Shohet, 1985) The model is relational because it focuses on the relationships between client, therapist and supervisor, and systemic because it focuses on the interplay between each relationship and their context within the wider system. The model is called “seven eyed” because it focuses on seven distinct aspects of the therapeutic process.
In group supervision this model allows everyone to take part in the supervision process either presenting a client, or participating by observing from one of the seven eyes.
I offer supervision for counsellors who are working towards their written and oral presentation for their Diploma in counselling as well as CTA Counselling.
I host regular virtual psychoeducational webinars for organisations and deliver expert talks face to face at conferences on a range of topics, from self care to stress, details on request.
I write content and courses for a health app, please see my blog to see some examples.
I am pleased to be able to offer support via supervision with writing and preparation for Diploma exams, BACP Accreditation and the CTA counselling exam, written and oral. Please contact me for more information.
TA in the Counselling field
In the UK the most popular field of TA is psychotherapy. When choosing my route to qualification I chose the counselling field. The TA Counselling field has two branches.
Outside the traditional therapy space, Complimentary Counselling can be used in our professional roles such as nursing and teaching, and our personal roles through casual conversations and relationships.
Therapeutic Counselling is a co-creative, dynamic, contractual way of working to support clients to develop awareness options and skills for problem management and personal development. It facilitates clients to make the changes they want to make, either via 1:1 or group therapy.
Working primarily with the Adult ego state, gives clients the opportunity to re-discover their resources and re-engage with physis. In one word, TA counselling enables Autonomy. Using TA in the counselling field allows growth and change in the here and now, often without revisiting the clients past.
TA Counselling can be studied to Diploma level or taken further to CTA, a level 7 qualification available through EATA.
Transactional analysis (TA) is a widely recognised form of modern psychology, and arguably one of the most accessible theories of psychology. The Counselling field of TA is designed to promote personal growth and change. It is considered a fundamental therapy for well-being and for helping individuals to reach their full potential in all aspects of life.
Founded by Eric Berne in the late 1950s, TA therapy is based on the theory that each person has three ego-states: parent, adult and child. These are used along with other key transactional analysis concepts, tools and models to analyse how individuals communicate and to identify what interaction is needed for a better outcome.
Throughout sessions, we will work directly together on problem-solving behaviours, whilst helping you to develop day-to-day tools for finding constructive, creative solutions. The ultimate goal is to ensure you regain absolute autonomy over your life. Eric Berne defined this autonomy as the recovery of three vital human capacities - spontaneity, awareness and intimacy.
My stance is non-judgemental, secure and respectful, this helps to ensure that a positive relationship is forged between us. This opens up awareness of a model that can be useful in subsequent relationships and for communication outside of the counselling setting.
In this setting, I aim to work collaboratively with you. Together, we will identify what is going on in for you and in your relationships to provide opportunities for you to change repetitive patterns that may limit your potential.
How does transactional analysis work?
Transactional analysis is completely focused on the ways you relate, whether that is at work or at home. It doesn’t require spending hours looking at your past to find answers to your problems, the approach is focused in there here and now.
Transactional analysis is a talking therapy and sessions are designed to explore an individual's personality and how this has been shaped by experience. This is achieved through talking, telling stories, writing and using objects.
It is a good choice for looking for repeating patterns in your life, do you find the same things keep happening to you? Are your relationships difficult and you want this to change? TA counselling gives you a system to understand not only yourself, but those around you, to look at how you interact with your world.
TA uses simple models and language, which can help you to understand why you have become who you are today and how (and in what ways) you relate to other people.