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My name is David Gibbons. I live in Carlisle, Cumbria, in the United Kingdom and I offer counselling and psychotherapy in a private practice that I run from my home. You can find out more about that here.

I am a contractual trainee in Transactional Analysis working towards qualification as a Certified Transactional Analyst. I am a member of the United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA)

I am a trustee of the UKATA charity and a member of UKATA Council which acts as the managment team for the organisation. I am also a director of the TA Cumbria CIC. A small Community Interest Company that organises an annual conference for Transactional Analysts. 

This site will contain a growing set of articles blogs and links about psychotherapy theories, application and the community we all share.. I hope you enjoy being here.

UKATA is a charity and the biggest professional body for transactional analysis in the UK. Transactional Analysis is a set of theories and frameworks for thinking about self others, groups and society that is use in Eductaion, Organisations and for counselling and psychotherapy. UKATA has 900 members many of whom are UKCP registered psychotherapists or Counsellors and many work in schools and colleges and the corporate sector helping communication and teamworking. 

Another role UKATA has is as an organisational member of the UKCP. UKAT accredits training and continuing professional development of qualified Psychotherapists and psychotherapists in training. There is a network of registered traning establishments across the UK details of which can be found on the UKATA website.

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“Games are a compromise between intimacy and keeping intimacy away.”

— Eric Berne

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). A registered charity that promotes counselling and psychotherapy and also holds a register of qualified members. as a charity BACP aims:

  • to promote and provide education and training for counsellors and psychotherapists working in either professional or voluntary settings, whether full or part time, with a view to raising the standards of the counselling professions for the benefit of the community and in particular for those who are the recipients of counselling or psychotherapy
  • to inform and educate the public about the contribution that the counselling professions can make generally and particularly in meeting the needs of those whose participation and development in society is impaired by physical or psychological health needs or disability. 

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I am also a trainee member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

UKCP aims to to promote and maintain high standards of practice of psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counselling for the benefit of the public throughout the United Kingdom.

It has around 10,000 individual members and more than 70 training and accrediting organisations. Our individual members work privately, in public health or third sector organisations offering a wide variety of psychotherapeutic approaches.