Tom Burton, CTA, RTC, MTC

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About Me 
  • Clinical transactional analyst therapist & counsellor.
  • Specialist in working with the client's core sense of self. 
  • Background in gestalt, relational integrative psychotherapy & counselling.
  • Expertise includes childhood trauma, depression, anxiety, and couples counselling.
  • Over 20 years experience as a psychotherapist, including 8 years in private practice with the UK Council For Psychotherapy.
  • I participate in personal therapy and supervision, which contributes greatly to the safety and effectiveness of my work.
  • I would describe myself as curious, dependable and passionate about my work.


What is Transactional Analysis?
  • TA is a tool by which to know yourself, to know how you relate to others, and to discover how you have been living out a life plan based on unconscious relational patterns.
  • These unconscious organizing patterns that begin at birth. They are reinforced and elaborated during a number of developmental ages. The results constitutes  a life 'script'.
  • With my help, you will experience change by becoming aware of the previously unconscious 'script' patterns. I can then facilitate different outcomes so you can achieve what you want in life.
  • TA offers many tools and useful approaches for individual, couple, and group therapy.
  • TA is based on the assumption that all individuals can learn to trust themselves, think for themselves, make their own decisions and express their feelings.
  • Eric Berne (1910-1970) is the originator and was primary developer of TA. He wrote many books and articles and was perhaps best known for his book "Games People Play" (1964). Since then, TA has grown into a several schools of application that integrate approaches including cognitive behaviour therapy, psychodynamic, and in-depth relational psychology.



What can therapy offer?
  • An opportunity for personal growth, promoting increased autonomy, intimacy with others, and a sense of wholeness and contentment.
  • A means of balancing or resolving difficult emotions during crisis or in stressful life situations.
  • A way to address past traumas or lack of emotional fluency.
  • A place to manage and overcome stress, anxiety, and depression.
  • A way to feel more secure and content in your life.
  • A safe place to work on relationship issues.


Couple/Marriage Therapy
  • I help distressed and disengaged couples re-connect using the Bader-Pearson developmental approach to couple's counselling.
  • You will become aware of your patterns of interaction and emotional response to each other.
  • Therapy will provide a way to create shifts in your patterns of interaction and initiate new cycles of interaction that are direct and empathic.  
  • Using a step by step approach with useful tools and coaching, you will improve on communication and regain your intimacy.
  • I will help you distinguish between historically unmet relational needs and current unmet needs that are being unconsciously played out within the adult relationship.
  • You will learn to keep and balance your uniqueness as separate individuals with your uniqueness as a couple.
  • A way to create shifts in partners systems of interaction and initiate new cycles of interaction that are direct and empathic.
  • I promote a secure emotional connection between partners.


Group Therapy
  • Group offers a safe environment on which to work on self esteem, depression & anxiety issues. This is great for those who have feelings of loneliness, not belonging, and for anyone wanting learn how to have fulfilling relationships.
  • I assist individuals in growth and problem solving by creating an atmosphere of trust and acceptance that   encourages members to support each other.
  • The group environment enhances self-esteem by providing a corrective experience to dysfunctional interpersonal relationships.
  • Group interaction will improve your social skills, your ability to relate to others, and help you live a more satisfying life.
  • I work with the group as a whole, attending to interpersonal relationships within the group and providing individual work within the groups' supportive environment.
  • I recommend clients attend 3 individual sessions or more before joining the group.
  • The group is held on Wednesdays 7-9pm.    

Please visit my web site for more information.


Tom Burton Reaches

Victoria BC