Psychotherapy, Transactional Analysis and EMDR

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 aim of Transactional Analysis (TA) is to help patients get a handle on what they were experiencing and to support themselves to be healthy.

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. 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.

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.

Who delivers TA?

Shirley MacKenzie. Read more about her here.

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

Who delivers EMDR?

Shirley MacKenzie and Dr Jenny Low. Read more about them here.