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Transactional Analysis Counselling

As part of her own, ongoing personal development, Gillian continues to study transactional analysis psychotherapy and has a post graduate diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling from Queen Margaret University (Edinburgh).

In addition to her work as a trainer, Gillian works as a therapist with individuals and with groups. She subscribes to the Code of Ethics of the United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis which is a member organisation of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and, in line with good practice, Gillian receives regular supervision for her work with clients.

Counselling and Psychotherapy  

Counselling and Psychotherapy are similar. Both give people the time and space to examine their lives and relationships with others, at work and outside, and with themselves. They also provide an opportunity to recognise the patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving that influence the way we operate in and experience the world.

Counselling can be a shorter process as it often has a specific focus. Psychotherapy looks at broader issues in a deeper way.

Transactional Analysis

Transactional Analysis (TA) is a humanistic therapy, originally developed by the Canadian psychiatrist Eric Berne in 1950s. It provides an explanation of personality using the concepts of ego-states (Parent, Adult and Child) and Life Script (the unconscious life plan that we develop - based on our views and expectations of our selves, other people and the world around us). By analysing the transactions that make up our own internal dialogue as well as our interactions with others, we can develop greater self-awareness and, through a clearer understanding of how we communicate and improve relationships with others and with ourselves.

How will it work?

What you talk about in therapy is up to you and confidential (unless someone is at risk, in which case Gillian would discuss a course of action with you). The therapy process is often painful, It involves systematically uncovering our limiting beliefs and behaviours so that we can choose new ways of thinking and behaving that support our wellbeing, happiness and ability to fulfil our potential. It is an active process - therapy is something you do, rather than have done to you. For many it has proved successful for a wide range of problems including, self-esteem, isolation, motivation and relationship difficulties as well as depression, anxiety and stress.

As transactional analysis provides a model for understanding the impact of power inequalities (racism, sexism and the other ‘isms’) on people in both more powerful and less powerful groups, it is also useful in understanding internalised oppression.

Gillian offers both Individual and Group Therapy.

Individual Therapy

Gillian offers an initial 30-minute assessment session not only to discuss your needs and answer any questions you may have but also because a good working relationship is important. During the initial session you will get an idea of her approach so that you can decide whether you would be comfortable working together.

Should you decide to go ahead, weekly sessions at mutually agreed times would be arranged.

How much does it cost?

Usually sessions last 50 minutes. The cost is £48 (£40 plus VAT @ 20% £8) per session

How do I find out more?

For more information or to enquire about availability for an initial assessment contact

Gillian on 0141 341 0469 or email me

Group Therapy

The theme of Gillian's therapy groups is building resilience and assertiveness. Groups meet for three hours for eight weeks on Thursday evenings. There is a maximum of six people in each group.

To be a part of a group, you must commit to attend each of the eight sessions.

If you are interested in joining a group, Gillian will meet with you to discuss what you want from attending group therapy and the boundaries around working together. She will also answer any questions you may have.

How much does it cost?

Each of the eight sessions lasts for three hours. The total cost is £336 (£280 plus VAT @ 20% £56) It applies even if, because of unforeseen, exceptional circumstances, you are unable to attend one of the sessions.

How do I find out more?

For more information, about an individual appointment or to arrange to meet to discuss in more detail the possibility of joining a group, contact Gillian on 0141 341 0469 or email me