Professional Development Group – what to expect

Introductions We will be using my consulting room in Buxton which can comfortably seat six people.  We will begin with a short check in with each other.  Checking in involves each of us taking a few minutes to say a little about ourselves and sharing any relevant material.  Sometimes we have things happening in ourContinue reading “Professional Development Group – what to expect”

Supervising counsellors and therapists

The second of my short videos where I am speaking about how I think about supervision.  Counsellors and therapists who are not yet qualified are at an interesting stage in their development.  They are building experience and working effectively with clients and developing a sense of themselves as a practitioner. In this Vlog I’m describingContinue reading “Supervising counsellors and therapists”

Quote of the Week Eight

Slightly late for last week, but some interesting thoughts from about how important it is to have sense of the direction.  It reminds me of the tension many transactional analysts experience between developing a clear contract for therapy when  working with clients and allowing the space for other areas of work to emerge that haveContinue reading “Quote of the Week Eight”

Quote of the Week Six

I very much like this quote from EM Forster, it reminds me of some definitions of the concept of script in transactional analysis.  In TA the concept of script is that we make an unconscious life plan and live our lives accordingly.  It seems to me that both and Berne and Forster were encouraging us toContinue reading “Quote of the Week Six”

What’s a Therapy Group Like?

Never, it’s not for me, I don’t have the confidence for a therapy group. Probably just a few of the responses you might have to the idea of being in a therapy group with people you have never met before. And sometimes it can be the very fact that you do not know the other members of theContinue reading “What’s a Therapy Group Like?”

Creativity in Supervision

Art and Supervision I’m really interested in the question of creativity in supervision. As a part time artist, creativity is something I frequently reflect on. In writing this piece I want to draw on my experiences both as artist and a supervisor and therapist to share some of those reflections and thoughts about creativity inContinue reading “Creativity in Supervision”

The Drama Triangle

I thought I would write another post about an aspect of TA theory I really like, that I use with my clients and they tell me they find really helpful.. Relationship Patterns The Drama Triangle, originated by Steve Karpman, is a way of understanding the repeating patterns we can sometimes get into in our relationships,Continue reading “The Drama Triangle”

Adult Ego State

Here’s the final post on explaining ego states;  one of the ideas in TA I use widely with my clients and that I find really helpful in understanding ourselves and why we think,  feel and behave in the ways that we do sometimes. It was Eric Berne, the founder of Transactional Analysis who originally described an ego state as “a consistent patternContinue reading “Adult Ego State”

Child Ego State

Here’s the second of my posts on ego states.  A piece of Transactional Analysis theory that I think is a useful way of understanding ourselves and something that many of my clients have found helpful.  First, a quick recap on ego states: Eric Berne, founder of Transactional Analysis described an ego state as “a consistentContinue reading “Child Ego State”