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Upcoming Events: Applications now open for 3-year Training Program Beginning March 2020.

Intake interviews are now underway for a 3-year training course in transactional analysis psychotherapy with the Physis Institute, beginning in March 2020. The course is based in Dunedin but may involve optional workshops in Christchurch in 2020 depending on numbers of participants from Christchurch. The program leads to an international qualification as a certified transactional analyst, membership of the NZ Association of Psychotherapists and it is currently a pathway to registration as a psychotherapist in New Zealand.

Prerequisites for the training include:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification

  • Attendance at a TA 101 Introductory workshop or completion of the written TA 101 assessment.

For enquiries, contact Jo Stuthridge at or phone 03 455 1067 and leave a message.

Download for Details: TA 101 Introduction to Transactional Analysis Workshop.pdf
Date: 15-16 February 2020


The Physis Institute The Physis institute Ltd offers training in transactional analysis psychotherapy. The training programme leads to an international  qualification as a Certified Transactional Analyst and is currently a pathway toward registration as a psychotherapist in New Zealand. Please note that accreditation for training providers is presently under review by the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand (PBANZ) which may lead to changes in this process.

Our Philosophy and Approach We believe that becoming a psychotherapist involves training in a modality and personal development. Personal development requires a commitment to personal psychotherapy and supervision. The training program incorporates contemporary developments in the wider field and classical knowledge. The content draws on current infant research, neuroscience, attachment theory and contemporary relational theorists in addition to psychoanalysis and classical transactional analysis. Our overall aim is to encourage each trainee to find his or her own preferred style and identity as a therapist. 

Transactional analysis training Transactional analysis provides a theory of personality and human relations offering systematic methods for personal growth and professional development. It is suitable for practitioners in counselling, psychotherapy, and related professions. 

The first year can be taken for personal development. Beyond this, the training is focused on psychotherapy and trainees must have work that allows for application of the theory and methods. 
Uniform standards are in operation wherever TA training is available from accredited trainers, allowing trainees to move between centres and countries as smoothly as possible. 

  • It is a requirement of this institute that trainees beyond the first year are having, or have had, extensive personal therapy.

  • Trainees are expected to acquire a personal library and to study outside of the training days.

  • Supervision is an integral part of the training and needs to be undertaken with a supervisor affiliated to the institute.

Criteria for certification

  • A training contract with the International Board of Certification (IBOC) at least 18 months old;

  • 600 hours advanced training, of which 300 must be transactional analysis;

  • 150 hours supervision, of which 75 must be with TA supervisors, of which 40 hours must be with the primary supervisor who signs the contract;

  • 750 hours of client contact in your field, of which 500 must be using TA, including at least 50 hours of groupwork and 50 hours of individual work;

  • 500 further hours of professional development, which can include personal therapy;

  • a written case study;

  • sponsorship by your primary trainer and one other;

  • an oral exam


TA endorsement procedures are transparent. Trainees are never examined by their own supervisor or trainer, and where possible, overseas examiners are used. 

Registration: The CTA exam is currently a pathway to registration as a psychotherapist with the Psychotherapists’ Board of Aotearoa NZ

MSc in Psychotherapy: The CTA exam accounts for 120 points out of the 180 points required for an MSc in transactional analysis psychotherapy with Metanoia Training Institute and Middlesex University in London. The remaining 60 points may be gained by a thesis. 

The Trainers


Jo Stuthridge MSc TSTA NZAP is a registered psychotherapist in private practise and a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst. She has published several articles on transactional analysis. Jo is currently a co-editor for the international Transactional Analysis Journal and a Teaching and Research Associate with Auckland University of Technology. 


Charlotte Daellenbach, TSTA, works as a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer in private practice in Christchurch. She has been teaching transactional analysis since 1987, in New Zealand, Australia and South India. She served for seven years on the Board of Trustees of the International Transactional Analysis Association and was involved for over a decade with the Board of Certification. She is a past president of the NZ Association of Psychotherapists, Te Rōpū Whakaora Hinengaro. 


Elana Leigh B.Sc. Social Work (University of Cape Town). MSc. Integrative Psychotherapy (Middlesex,London). Training and Supervising Transactional Analyst TSTA (ITAA). Elana graduated as a social worker In South Africa. She went on to train as a Transactional Analyst and Integrative psychotherapist in London. She lives in Sydney Australia where she works as a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. She has worked across a range of cultures and her passion lies in integration and diversity in both theory and application



Keith Tudor PhD TSTA is a transactional analyst and Professor of Psychotherapy at Auckland University of Technology where he is Head of the School of Public Health & Psychosocial Studies. He is the author of some 250 publications including 16 articles and 2 books on TA, and is associated with the co-creative perspective in transactional analysis. 

Vicky Blake

Vicky Blake, B.N, PTSTA, is a registered psychotherapist in private practice in Christchurch and a Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst. Vicky is currently the NZ Association of Psychotherapists Honorary Treasurer and has been Convenor of the Canterbury Branch of Psychotherapists for six years. Her published work is based on her interest in sexuality and gender identity.

2020 Training Program and Dates

Training Structure
The structure of training is consistent with international standards and follows a three-year cycle. The core training group will meet for 14 days of theory and practice, at the Alexander McMillan Room, Community House, 310 Moray Place Dunedin.  A first year can be taken for interest only and self-development, however second year trainees need to be working in a field where they can apply their skills. It is recommended that trainees either have or are pursuing a relevant tertiary qualification and, beyond year one, personal therapy. 

Times: 2 day workshops: Saturdays 9.30am- 5pm, Sunday 9am - 4pm. 3 day workshop: Saturdays 9.30am - 5pm, Sundays: 9am - 4.30pm, Mondays: 9am - 4pm.

2019 Program
 Date Topics Trainer

16 -17 March Ego States, Charlotte Daellenbach

Ethics Charlotte Daellenbach

4, 5, 6 May    Life Script, Practice  Jo Stuthridge

Personality Adaptations Jo Stuthridge

15 -16 June              Treatment Planning Keith Tudor

Radical psychiatry Keith Tudor

3, 4, 5 August Relational transactional analysis Jo Stuthridge, Charlotte
Daellenbach, Vicky Blake

28-29 September      Group processes                  Elana Leigh OPEN            

23 - 24 November       Presentations and Review         Jo and Charlotte

2020 Program

Date Topic Trainer

14,15 March Introductory info Jo Stuthridge, Raquel Beeby


25,26,27 April Ego states and attachment Jo Stuthridge, Raquel Beeby

Life script part 1 and practice

6,7 June Redecision therapy Gordon Hewitt

15,16,17 August Cathexis theory Vicky Blake

Diagnosis, PDM and DSM Vicky Blake , Jo Stuthridge

19,29 September Relational TA Elana Leigh

31 Oct, 1 Nov Presentations and review Jo Stuthridge, Raquel Beeby

Core Training Programme
There are opportunities to practice skills and apply theory in every workshop. Teaching methods will include experiential exercises, didactic teaching, group process and practise with each other in small groups. All trainees are expected to attend every workshop. There will be two written assignments in the first year, 2 assignments in year 2 and 3 assignments in year 3, each of 1500 words. One 20 minute oral presentation to the group is required each year, based on one of the written essays. Progress from one year to the next will depend on attendance, completion of written assignments and skill development as demonstrated in practice sessions. Training days in June and September and will be open to non-institute members. 

National and international training events 2020

Practitioners and Exam Preparation Group
This group is for trainees who are preparing for written and oral exams or therapists who are wanting an ongoing training group beyond the first 3 years. There will be a monthly 1.5 hour seminar, on Mondays at 7.00 PM beginning on 24 Feb 2020. Trainees are expected to present aspects of their work to the group for discussion including psychodynamic formulations and selected articles for study. Venue: 85 Cliffs Rd, St Clair, Dunedin.

Training Group Fees:

Core group, year 1,2 and 3:     $1,700 due at or before the first meeting ($1750 late fee)

Exam preparation group:          $500 due at or before the first meeting ($550 late fee)

2-day open workshops only, $210 for institute members, non-members $240

Fees can be paid installments by arrangement. Contact Jo.

When considering an application, the cost of supervision and personal therapy must be taken into account in addition to training course fees. 


Trainees are expected to be in supervision by year 2 (or sooner) with a faculty member. You are free to choose your supervisor and fees are arranged directly with that person.

To secure a place please enroll by 1 Dec 2019 with a deposit of $250. Payment by internet: The Physis institute, account number: 03 0905 0511059 00. Please include your name in the reference field. 

Make cheques payable to the “Physis Institute”, and send to: 85 Cliffs Rd, Dunedin 9012.

Inquiries are welcome.

Contact Jo Stuthridge at 85 Cliffs Rd, Dunedin, Phone (03) 455 1067, email

The New Zealand Association of Transactional analysis
International Transactional Analysis Association
The Psychotherapist Board of Aotearoa New Zealand
Wellington Transactional Analysis Training Institute Inc. 
Auckland Transactional Analysis Training Institute (ATATI) New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists/Te Rōpū Whakaora Hinengaro