John Paradise – About me

John Paradise

Certified Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy)

Provisional Teaching & Supervising Transactional Analyst

I have a background in teaching, and training design. I’ve worked at a national level both teaching and designing training programmes.  I am qualified to teach holding a Cert Ed.   Through my passion for teaching and training I studied  Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) qualifying as a NLP Practitioner.

As a Certified Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy) I am a registered member of the both the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP Reg).  I have a diploma in clinical hypnotherapy (Dip Hyp)  a general qualification in hypnotherapy practice (GQHP) as well as being a qualified NLP practitioner.

For many years I was a memeber of the training & accreditation standards committee for the UK Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA). This means I play a role on behalf of UKATA for maintaining psychotherapy training standards within the UK. I also sit on the Training Standards Committee of the UKCP, again this means maintaining psychothrapy training standards.

Why choose a Transactional Analysis Psychotherapist?

In contrast to some practitioners who are able to use the title of ‘psychotherapist’ after only two years of training, a Certified Transactional Analyst Psychotherapist’s qualification process is extremely rigorous, as it has to meet two sets of criteria. In addition to those of the ‘Gold’ standard of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), which requires qualification to Masters Level, the Certified Transactional Analyst Psychotherapist has to meet the rigorous criteria of the European Association of Transactional Analysis (EATA). Under these two bodies as a minimum requirement a Certified Transactional Analysis Psychotherapist must:

• Have completed no less than four years of post-graduate psychotherapy training of at least 900 hours (including supervision).

• Have no less than 750 hours of previous experience as a practitioner, at least 50 of which must be with couples or groups.

• Have been supervised by a senior practitioner all through the process at a rate of one hour of supervision for every six hours of work with clients.

• Understand mental ill health through undertaking a placement with psychiatric specialists.

• Abide by professional ethics required by both UKCP and EATA.

• Have engaged in their own personal therapy for no less than the duration of their training.

• Submit evidence each year to demonstrate they are continuing their professional development before and after qualification.

• Submit and pass a written Dissertation/Case Study of no less 24,000 words.

• Understand child & adult psychological development.

• Have passed an oral examination with a panel of four Certified Transactional Analysts.


My rofessional Memberships include:

UKCP – United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

BACP – Registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

IARTA – International Association of Relational Transactional Analysis

UKATA– UK Association Transactional Analysis