Berne Staff


The Berne Teaching Team



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Director and Principal Trainer:
Adrienne Lee BA MPracNLP TSTA(P)

Adrienne is a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst, a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, and a Master Practitioner in NLP. She has been practising as a psychotherapist for over 40 years, and has been centrally involved in the development of TA in Britain from its earliest beginnings. Originally trained by the late Professor John Allaway, Adrienne is a founder member and past Chair of the UK’s Institute of Transactional Analysis (ITA). She has served in many committee posts in the ITA and the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP), and is a past President of the European Association of TA (EATA). In 2010, Adrienne was awarded the EATA Gold Medal, given for “outstanding services to TA in Europe”.

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Honorary Director:
Ian Stewart BA(Oxon) PhD MPracNLP TSTA(P)

Ian is accredited by ITAA/EATA as a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst. He is also a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and a Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Ian is co-author of TA Today (Lifespace, 2nd ed., 2012), the world-standard basic text on TA, and of Personality Adaptations (Lifespace, 2002). He has contributed books on TA to three widely-read series published by Sage Publications: TA Counselling in Action (4th ed., 2013), Eric Berne (1992) and Developing TA Counselling (1996). In 1998, Ian was awarded the EATA Gold Medal “for outstanding services to TA in Europe”. He has been a practising TA psychotherapist for over 30 years, and has presented TA trainings nationally and internationally.

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Academic Tutor and Supervisor:
John Heath BSc, M Ed, AFBPsS, TSTA

John is a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst with additional training in body-orientated approaches to therapy. He is also a Chartered Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and worked as an Educational Psychologist before training in TA. He began working as a TA psychotherapist more that 25 years ago and for 12 years was a therapist in an NHS pain management clinic. He has a private psychotherapy and supervision practice based in Penrith on the borders of the english Lake District. He also works internationally and contributes regularly to two TA training programmes in Romania. He has held office in both the Professional Practices and Ethics committees of UKATA (formerly ITA) and was President of the International TA Association (ITAA) from 2010 to 2015. He has received the Service Award medal from ITAA.

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Associate Director and Trainer:
Mark Widdowson MSc (TA Psych) PhD ECP GradDipCouns FHEA TSTA(P)

Mark is a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst and UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, and holds the European Certificate in Psychotherapy. He is also qualified in integrative counselling and is a COSCA accredited diploma trainer. Mark is an international expert for the Training Accreditation Council of the European Association for Psychotherapy. He is the author of Transactional Analysis: 100 Key Points and Techniques, published by Routledge. In 2014 Mark was awarded the EATA Silver Medal, in recognition of his contributions to, and support of, research on TA.  He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the University of Salford and is the Academic Registrar for The Berne Institute.


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Academic Tutor and Supervisor:
Frances Townsend MSc (TA Psych) CertCouns PGDip (Supervision) CertEMDR PTSTA(P)

Frances is a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst (TSTA) and a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist. She incorporates mindfulness into her practice as a core concept alongside TA. Previously she worked as a volunteer in a youth counselling agency and for Women’s Aid, managing refuges for women and children escaping domestic violence. Since 1995 she has built a thriving private practice in Northamptonshire where she sees individuals, couples and groups for therapy and is also a counsellor in NHS Primary Care. Frances runs individual and group supervision sessions and offers training and workshops on personal development, counselling and psychotherapy topics.


Academic Tutor and Supervisor:
Enid Welford CTA(P) TSTA(P)

Enid Welford worked for many years with other professionals as a mental health specialist working with clients who break the law largely because of mental health difficulties. She found TA a very effective tool in helping them resolve their difficulties, and enjoyed working with a team of other professionals. She has for some time researched and experimented with the interface between TA and Family Systems, and has written three articles on this subject, two of which she co-authored with Jane McQuillin. Two of these articles were published in the Transactional Analysis Journal. Enid is based in Manchester where she runs her clinical and supervision practice, and is a peripatetic trainer. Along with TA and Family Systems, she integrates Emotional Freedom Technique into her clinical work.

Trainer and Supervisor:
Giles Barrow TSTA(E)

Giles Barrow is a teacher, trainer, educator with experience in schools, adult and community education and TA training and supervision. He has written numerous articles and books on educational themes including relational aspects of teaching and learning, school culture and leadership, adolescence, script and learning and educational theory and philosophy. In addition to and combined with his professional educational work, Giles also runs a small farm in rural Suffolk, which is the base for teaching and learning amongst children, young people and adults.


Trainer and Supervisor:
Mo Felton Msc(TA Psych). CTA(P) TSTA(P)

Mo trained originally with Relate Marriage Guidance and has worked for 35 years with families, children and young people in care. She is a consultant to a care home and a residential school where she provides assessment, training and supervision for staff teams. Mo has developed an integrative tool for TA “The Identity Matrix” which has been published in The Transactional Analyst and as a chapter on TA in Restorative Theory in Practice edited by Belinda Hopkins and published by Jessica Kingsley. She also runs a busy psychotherapy training and supervision practice in Polesworth, Tamworth.


Trainer and Supervisor:
Karen Minikin MSc CTA(P) PTSTA

Karen Minikin works in East Sussex as a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. Previously, she edited the race and culture column for the BACP journal (the CPJ) and she contributed a chapter on “The Politics and Psychology of Alienation” in Relational TA: Principles in Practice, ed. Fowlie and Sills (2011). She teaches psychotherapy at a number of training institutes within the UK and has presented workshops at national and international conferences. She has a particular interest in social identity and integrating humanistic and relational psychoanalytical approaches within Transactional Analysis.