The ICTAP Team

Julie Hay

TSTA Counselling, Organisational, Psychotherapy & Educational; MPhil Management, MSc TA Psychotherapy, OG Dipl. Mgt Studies; FCIPD, CMgr MCMI, Lic Trnr NLP

Having gained qualifications in transactional analysis in the organisational and educational fields of application, and then become a licensed trainer of neuro- linguistic programming, Julie returned as a student of TA psychotherapy a few years ago and is now a Teaching & Supervising Transactional Analyst in the Psychotherapy field.

She is an Accredited European Counsellor, a Member BACP (Accred) and a Psychotherapist Member UKCP.  She is also a Visiting Professor at Middlesex University, and leads an MSc Professional Studies which provides tailored options for transactional analysis qualifications.

In addition to a volunteer placement in a local Counselling & Psychotherapy Centre, and an ongoing private practice, Julie spent time as a volunteer psychotherapist in high security male prisons in the UK.  For many years she has provided psychotherapy supervision internationally, and continues to provide that and also psychotherapy face-to-face and online.

She is a past president of the European and International TA Associations (EATA & ITAA) and was awarded the EATA Gold Medal in 2012 for services rendered. Julie is also the inaugural and current Editor of the International Journal of Transactional Analysis Research & Practice (

She has a particular interest in forensic psychotherapy and trauma, leading a service that provides ‘challenge psychotherapy’ to prison inmates.  She has attended training in somatic trauma therapy and holds the Certificate in Psychotraumatology awarded by the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Julie is now working with others to introduce the same sequencing of qualifications for TA psychotherapy as she has developed over the years for the developmental applications of TA. These provide opportunities for students to gain certification is at various stages during their training, rather than the international process which sees an attendance certificate for a TA introductory course followed several years later by accreditation as a Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA) – which leads to a high dropout rate by students who then have no reward for the years of study that they have completed.   As a guide, those who complete a year of advanced TA training (usually about 9 or 10 attendances at 2 day workshops monthly, with alternative webinar options in some cases) and apply the TA as professionals to help others, can obtain a competence-based Certificate. Another year of attendance can lead to a Diploma, with a further couple of years needed to get the international certification.