Tom Burton, CTA, RTC, MTC

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About Me
  • A Clinical Transactional Analyst therapist & counsellor.
  • A background in Gestalt, Relational Integrative Psychotherapy & Counselling.
  • 15 years experience in the caring professions, with eight as a psychotherapist in private practice with  the UK Council For Psychotherapy.
  • I have regular therapy and supervision, which contributes greatly to the safety and effectiveness of my work.
  • A specialist in working with the client's core sense of self. Expertise also covers childhood trauma, couples counselling, and experiences of disconnectedness    to self and others.
  • I would describe myself as flexible, curious, solid and passionate about my work.

What is Transactional Analysis?
  • A tool 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'.
  • Change happens through the help of  your therapist in becoming aware of the previously unconscious 'script' patterns. The therapist can then facilitate different outcomes so that you get 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
  • Become aware of patterns of interaction and emotional response with each other and discover ways to change.
  • I help distressed and disengaged couples re-connect.
  • A step by step approach with useful tools and coaching to improve on communication and intimacy.
  • I use the Bader-Pearson Developmental Approach to Couple's Counselling.
  • Distinguish between unmet relational needs from history to needs not being met now that are being unconsciously played out within the adult relationship.
  • Keeping and balancing 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.
  • Promote a secure emotional connection between partners.

Group Therapy
  • Group therapy offers to assist an individual in growth and problem solving. The therapist works to create an atmosphere of trust and acceptance that   encourages members to support each other.
  • Group offers a safe environment to work with self esteem and depression & anxiety issues. Great for those who are heal feelings of loneliness, not belonging,   and for anyone wanting learn how to have fulfilling relationships.
  • Enhances self-esteem by providing a corrective experience to dysfunctional interpersonal relationships.
  • Improves social skills, ability to relate to others and live more satisfying lives.
  • I work with the group as a whole, attending to interpersonal relationships within the group and providing individual work within the groups' supportive   environment.
  • Weekly 2 hours 

See my web site for more information.

Tom Burton Reaches

Victoria BC