The journey offered by TA Psychotherapy Training at Ellesmere Counselling and Psychotherapy Training is very personal and often challenging for students. This page offers some comments made by current and recent trainees.

The first year of training is known as the Core Theory Year. This is where the TA theories and models introduced in TA101 are explored in more depth.

“Inspiring, thought-provoking, challenging and fascinating… it has become a
significant part of my life”.

“Learning about TA has been personally enriching, challenging, fun and always intriguing.  The Ellesmere centre provides a safe, knowledgeable and open learning environment, with real opportunities to get a feel for what it will be like practicing in the ‘real world’.”

“I have a clear progression route to follow with my learning and development…”

The Second Year of training often coincides with students seeking client work in a voluntary setting if their work setting does not already provide this opportunity. Placements require ongoing supervision. Many students seek out one of the groups run by supervisors at ECPT. Others choose individual supervision.

“Beginning in voluntary practice was an enormous milestone…”

“Visiting trainers bring a wealth of experience and knowledge and were a source of calibration and modelling…”

Personal Therapy is a requisite for those working towards registration with UKCP. Again, many students seek out one of the therapy groups organised at ECPT whilst others choose one-to-one therapy. Many students choose a range of personal therapy options over their period of training. The Third and Fourth Years of training continue this experience.

 “As my 3rd year of training unfolded I became aware of how ‘process’ , both my own and the group’s, was becoming central to my training experience. Theory remained important, and the assignments demanded it. But here was a chance to explore relationships as they were happening, in the room.” 

Training weekends, written work, client work, supervision and therapy all demand planning for time, financial and other resources. These challenges are frequently shared in the groups, as are the solutions which emerge. 

“…pressures of other commitments as well as the commitment of 10 weekends, 2 essays and a

And trainees also invest a lot of themselves in this process. Many attend UKATA Annual Conference and
continue meeting at ECPT in study groups as they prepare for the UKCP accreditation process