The Circle Line

A self-development
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We offer some of "the highest quality information
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There are as many routes to reaching your potential as there are humans in the world. We help you do so in three key ways.

Our Expertise

About Our Therapists

From unshockable understanding, to a little help with that big presentation… our hand-picked practitioners cover the whole spectrum of self-development. They are highly trained Psychotherapists, Transactional Analysts or psychotherapeutic Counsellors, with a modern, human outlook and the training to help you reach your potential – whether in relationships, your self or your work.

We focus on offering Transactional Analysis – because research shows it works. This is an internationally recognised training and method that is theoretically sound, rigorous and highly effective.

How it works

  1. STEP 1

    Focus on what you want

    We start by asking you one simple question - what's on your mind? This will start you on the right path to finding the therapist you need. Explore our self-help library if you're not quite sure yet - that's ok too.

  2. STEP 2

    Choose your practitioner

    Use our bespoke matching tool or browse our therapists in your own way - it's up to you. Our matching tool will select the top 3 therapists for you based on your answers. Our Introductory Sessions allow you to try as many therapists as you like for only £25 per first session. Because chemistry matters!

  3. STEP 3

    Book and Pay-as-you-go

    Book a session in a few simple clicks. Then pay-as-you-go or book multiple sessions at once – it’s up to you. Weekly sessions work well, and we recommend at least 8-12 sessions, but you have complete flexibility. Book more online at any time.

  4. STEP 4

    Head to the Therapy Room

    Once you've found the right therapist for you, all sessions take place in our secure online Virtual Therapy Room. Sessions are 50 minutes and you can choose video or voice-only, if you want to stay anonymous.

About Transactional Analysis

Transactional Analysis is one of the cornerstones of modern psychology.

It is a comprehensive approach, founded in the 1950s, and now has wide applications in therapeutic, organisational and personal development – from personality, relationships and behaviour to communications, teams and management. It has been studied and adopted world-wide to now form a culturally diverse global community.

At The Circle Line we focus on applying Transactional Analysis (“TA”) and its principles and techniques to help people and organisations to function effectively and harmoniously.

The Essence of TA

Throughout history, and from all standpoints – philosophy, medical science, religion – people have found that every human has a multiple nature. TA originated the famous Parent, Adult, Childmodel of the human psyche, which acknowledges our multiple parts.

At the core of TA are the following three beliefs…

From this foundation, the theory of TA becomes increasingly in-depth and complex, taking 3-7 years to master and learn to apply.

TA practitioners have a deep understanding of the mind and human development in order to understand and improve life in the present. This training encompasses:

This way, we find more choice, more satisfaction, more spontaneity and more autonomy in our life and our work.

About Therapy

What is mental wellness?

All feelings and mental experiences are normal. Though sometimes we experience them intensely or they get out of balance. When our inner functioning is at its optimum and we effectively use all of our innate potential, in our work and the rest of our life, we are at our peak “mental wellness.”

Mental wellness shows itself when we demonstrate:

  • awareness of our own emotions and their causes
  • initiative
  • accepting change and the unknown
  • purposeful attention
  • creativity
  • inner motivation
  • having insights
  • self-possession.

These are all inner abilities that can be developed. You can improve your mental wellness with a proactive approach – just like going to the gym.

Therapy: How does it work?

Our past experiences wire our brain.

They create patterns of thoughts and emotions that become ingrained and inextricably linked.

Our emotional side matters: studies of patients with damaged emotional networks show flawed decision-making despite a stable IQ – feelings are necessary for rational decisions.

Yet emotional memories and reactions can bypass the thinking brain and affect us without us even being aware of it.

Our early experiences imprint the strongest. Our childhood environment makes a big impression because it’s when we were our most vulnerable. This is when our thinking wiring is not fully developed but our emotional networks are fully firing. In this way, life’s earliest experiences form potent blueprints on our mind.

We then go through life interpreting reality according to that unique blueprint.

It is these personal blueprints that we address in therapy, opening up more choice, more joy and more of our real self.

What kind of therapy does The Circle Line offer?

Our therapists are trained in a range of approaches. We focus on offering Transactional Analysis (“TA”) and psychotherapeutic counselling – because research shows it works.

TA is one of the cornerstones of modern psychology – an internationally recognised model and training that is theoretically sound, rigorous and highly effective.

You can read more about the different approaches here. The most common are “integrative” (i.e. a mix), psychodynamic, person-centred, psychoanalytic and cognitive behavioural. Many therapists integrate a range of approaches – and we’ve done the vetting so you don’t have to.

The most important thing is that you choose the person who you feel comfortable working with and who you feel will help you get to where you want to be. You are the best judge of who you want to work with.

The first step is to use our matching tool and then have a chat and whilst doing so simply ask yourself – ‘Can I talk to this person?’  Your first session is only £25 to allow you to “shop around” at a low cost.

How does TA work for personal challenges?

Because TA is a theory of the entire self, we can help with a wide range of personal challenges:

  • Relationships: finding and maintaining love
  • Friendships: mutually satisfying friendships
  • Parenting: breaking unhelpful habits and learning to become a “good enough” parent
  • Body and addictions: exploring our inner drives, conflicts and the underlying causes to help us care for our bodies and release us from compulsions.
  • Work: recognising our talents and finding satisfaction in our work and relationships with colleagues
  • Sex and sexuality: finding acceptance, connection and enjoyment from our sexual self.

Our therapists’ training is focussed on TA and psychotherapeutic methods and theory to offer you one of the most effective processes currently available.

How does TA help in the workplace?

TA offers a systemic approach to growth and change at professional and personal levels, in teams and groups, and for the whole organisation.

Youll gain clarity and insight, understanding the links between human needs and behaviours and the ways that your organisation is effective or ineffective in solving its problems and serving your customers.

Our practice and application of Transactional Analysis to your business helps enable:

  • leadership skill and competence
  • personal development at all levels – from the individual, team, department and organisation.
  • systemic organisational awareness
  • improved interpersonal relationships to improve performance and productivity
  • solutions-focussed problem solving
  • conflict resolution
  • increased team performance
  • effective communications
  • self awareness and personal impact.

TA helps us analyse and change…

  • the dynamics of how groups work together
  • the role and performance of individuals within the groups
  • the dynamics of power structures and how power flows through an organisation to empower groups and individuals
  • organisational culture to improve efficiency, harmony, productivity and creativity.

Through our coaching, therapy, leadership development and customised workshops, we can help your organisation grow by focussing on the growth of the people working within it.

Does therapy really work?

Decades of research has shown that it does.

Importantly, whilst medication can be necessary and offers relief, psychotherapy has been shown to create sustainable change and improvement.

28% of the British population talk to a therapist at some point. Therapy is not new. “Talking cures” have been around for decades (or millennia, depending how you look at it). Since 1900 modern techniques have been empirically developed and therapy continues to be increasingly popular.

How is therapy online different?

Therapy online is virtually the same as therapy in person in the same room as your therapist. The methodologies used are the same.

There are some key differences, however, in delivery method:

  • It can be disinhibiting: there is evidence that talking to a professional online allows us to be more open.
  • It’s very private: no being seen on the way to, from, or outside a therapy centre.
  • It’s convenient: no travelling time to and from your therapist’s location.
  • It’s comfortable: you choose where you talk, from the comfort of your own home, a private space or a location of your choice.
  • It’s flexible: with The Circle Line, you choose when you have therapy, from first thing in the morning, lunchtime, late at night or at weekends.
  • It can be anonymous: if you wish to talk without your camera on, you can.

Some say therapy online is less personal. Some say that the relationship between you and your therapist is less intimate. We say that is up to you. It is up to you how you use your session time, what you explore and if and when you want to find an in-person therapist instead. There is no right way, and there is a time and place for each medium. We are here to give you options.

How many sessions should I have?

This is totally up to you and what you want and expect to achieve. Some people are looking to do some short term work, some are committed to a longer process.

We would say that longer-term work tends to give more sustainable results and addresses our more enduring deeply ingrained patterns. We recommend having a series of at least 6 sessions with the same practitioner as a minimum.

Ultimately, it’s up to you.

Can I change therapist, and should I?

We’ll match you with 3 people that our matching technology suggests are suitable for you. You can change practitioner any time if you feel the sessions aren’t working for you for whatever reason. You can also change your answers to the questions to get new suggested practitioners.

We would recommend talking to your practitioner about any concerns before you stop your sessions. Sometimes our reasons for wanting to stop or find someone else are all part of the learning experience and can tell us something about what is really going on for us.

As we always say… talking helps; do talk it through with your therapist.

What's the difference between therapy and coaching?

The simple answer is the level and depth of the practitioner’s training. Here are some of the key differences between the two:

Counselling and PsychotherapyCoaching
Training covers human development and personality, why people think and feel as they do and how to change this. Practitioners have a wide and in-depth understanding of a wide variety of manifestations – we are all unique!Trained in techniques to help clients focus on where they are and move forward in life to where they want to be.
Sustainable change: helps you understand how you think and feel, which are unhelpful or repeating feelings and behaviours, and looks at the underlying causes to address the root of the issue.
Helps you look at where you want to get to in future and supports you as you get there.
Extensive personal therapy required to “work on your own stuff” – this identifies the therapist’s own blindspots so they are able to see what’s really going on and help the client accordingly.No personal therapy required
Helps you work through and with your past experiences to understand and change your present and future.Helps you see clearly where you are today and find ways to move towards your stated goal
Helps you recognise and solve things for yourself for sustainable long-term changeHelps you set and achieve your goal
Takes a bit longer: 3 – 12 months is recommendedGenerally a more short-term approach
Extensive regulation: study of human development, thinking and emotions, regular observed skills practise, a minimum of 100+ client practice hours (there are different levels of accreditation), followed by close ongoing supervision by another therapist.
Unregulated at present.

Training varies: Coaches must do some hours of coaching before being eligible to register with the different coaching associations. 

What do I need to use The Circle Line?

Our online Therapy Room will work with most modern browsers. We recommend Google Chrome! The technology we use is a standard part of most browsers, and the easiest way to check is to use this testing tool: 

http://test.webrtc.org

Allow access to microphone & camera, then simply press the green ‘Start’ button to start the test.

The tool will check whether your browser is capable of using our Therapy Room. Most are.

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