Psychotherapy, Transactional Analysis and EMDR

Psychotherapy, Transactional Analysis and EMDR in Stirling is delivered by Shirley MacKenzie

The United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA) is the professional body that sets standards of competence and ethical practice for qualified and training Transactional Analysts in all TA fields in the UK. UKATA is affiliated to the European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA) and is a member organisation of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)


What is Transactional Analysis (TA)?

TA was founded by Eric Berne in the 1950s and 1960s and has been evolving ever since. It is now a well-established approach used widely in psychotherapy, counselling, education & organisational development.

As well as providing a theory of personality, transactional analysis offers a range of models that can be used to explain communication and relationships. These models can help identify what goes wrong in communication and how to interact for a better outcome.

The therapeutic applications of TA focus on providing opportunity for individuals to change repetitive patterns. These patterns, the result of early childhood decisions can limit an individual’s potential.

TA focuses on how script manifests itself in day-to-day life and how we can move beyond it to improve the quality of our lives. Used with individuals, couples and groups, TA is effective with a wide range of therapeutic issues. Unique in the depth of its theory, this process allows for the individuality of both therapist and client.  The aim of Transactional Analysis (TA) is to help patients get a handle on what they were experiencing and to support themselves to be healthy.

In addition to offering one to one sessions with our Therapists there is also the opportunity to find out more about TA by  attending an Introductory Course (TA101) which can be run in Stirling.



The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is the UK’s leading professional body for the education, training and accreditation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. UKCP is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.


What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing – is a non-drug, non-hypnosis, psychotherapy procedure. EMDR is used to help reduce troubling symptoms such as anxiety, guilt, anger, post-traumatic reactions, some depression, phobias and bereavement. EMDR is best known for resolution of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and is now part of NHS National Institute of Clinical Excellence( NICE) guidelines. For more information on EMDR see


Our clinical psychologist, Dr  Jenny Low, also delivers EMDR.