Keynote Address – Relationship as Function

img_1044helenaCharlotte Sills and Helena Hargaden opened the UKATA National Conference on Friday 21st April 2017 with the keynote address:

Ten years ago, we were honoured to win the EBMA for our work in 1999 and 2002 on different domains of transference and countertransference in TA, which introduced a theory and methodology for working with the relational unconscious.

Since that time, relational TA has diversified in all the TA fields – psychotherapy, organization development, coaching, education and counselling. Within the clinical field the recognition of relational TA  legitimised therapeutic engagement with non linear processes allowing for a deeper exploration of unconscious material to emerge within the therapeutic relationship. In other fields, it opened the ground for looking deeply at the ‘organisation in the mind’ as it emerged in the coaching, consulting or teaching room.

Relational TA ushered in Relationship as Function – we will discuss and reflect on how this has changed the form within TA.

We are delighted to have this opportunity to come and speak to you again, to revisit our ideas and share our reflections.


Charlotte Sills: MA, MSc (Psychotherapy) is a psychotherapist, supervisor and coach in private practice and Visiting Professor at Middlesex University and at Ashridge Business School. She is a qualified TA clinician and a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst (with Clinical Speciality).  She is a member of faculty of Metanoia Institute’s MSc in TA Psychotherapy and MSc in Humanistic Psychotherapy and Ashridge’s MSc in Coaching.

Amongst her publications are An Introduction to Transactional Analysis with Phil Lapworth (Sage 2011), Transactional Analysis – A Relational Perspective with Helena Hargaden (Routledge 2002), for which they were awarded the Eric Berne Memorial Award in 2007,  and Relational TA – Principles in Practice, edited with Heather Fowlie (Karnac 2011).

Helena Hargaden: Author of books and papers on relational TA my practice is in Worthing, 10 miles east of Brighton.  Her main interest and curiosity is in working with unconscious relatedness and how that manifests itself through dreams, reveries, random associations, ruptures and enactments in the transferential domains.

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