Presidents of EATA 1976 until 2015

This presentation about the history of EATA is composed of personal statements and stories from past presidents (with pictures of them).

So the stories told here are completely personal and seen through the eyes of the portrayed persons.

Out of different reasons, we have not been able to have a poster of all our past presidents and 4 of them are not presented here – in spite of their importance and role at their time:

  • Antoinette de Mol, EATA  president 1984 until 1985
  • Alice Stevenson, EATA  president 1985 until 1986
  • Gerrit Heesters, EATA  president 1986 until 1987
  • Ann Waters, EATA  president 1991 until 1992

We hope you have fun looking at this exhibition and either remember “the old times” or learn about the “life” of EATA during the last 40 years.

Michael Reddy,
President of EATA 1976 until 1978

image003Dr. Michael Reddy died on 25th November 2015. He was 82 years old.

Michael was originally a Jesuit priest, a Clini- cal and Counseling Psychologist and the first TA Teaching Member (now TSTA) in the UK.

EATA began in a bar. It was the bar of the Club Méditerranée in Villars in the summer of 1975. There were three of us drinking in there — Arnold van Westering, Konstanz Ro- bertson-Rose and myself. We three were mulling over the chances of an European TA association and the next vivid recollection is of a much larger group of Europeans at the same conference who had discovered that there were so many across Europe already well into TA.

image005Seventy or so were gathered in the Yoga Room of the Club Méditerranée to seriously discuss the founding of EATA. We concluded with the resolution to form a Steering Com- mittee which in turn evolved into the first Council of EATA. And I had the great pleasure of serving on it for four years. The last series of vivid mental images are of the various Council meetings during that time: in Brus- sels. in Paris, in London in Yvoire, fogbound in Munich, In Elsinor, in Enschede, in Seefeld and in Rome.

An important aspect was the great pleasure and enjoyment we had in each other’s com- pany. What I carry with me and will treasure to the end of my days is the closeness l had with those people. The experiences we sha- red together, and the recollection of such in- tense moments. Which all started in the bar at Villars.

The text is part of an article, published in the EATA  Newsletter 1984

Raymond Hostie,
President of EATA 1978 until 1980

image007Raymond Hostie died in Leuven in 1999 at the age of 79

In 1978 the pioneers’ era is ending. EATA has status: its constitutional acts have been ap- proved and are being implemented. It enjoys a  growing  number   of

European members who are recognized by ITAA. It has a firm finan- cial base thanks to membership fees and the benefits of the an- nual conferences.

image009As a fully autonomous association it is in regu- lar contact with ITAA. The Council is made up of a score of members coming from 10 coun- tries. They meet three times per year for two full days.

The organization of European exams was to allow candidates to use their mother tongue: no longer would they have to word their writ- ten exam in English, translate tape recor- dings before the oral exam, nor grope for words or sentences in the middle of an exam.

At the Council’s specific request the ITAA en- trusted an EATA member with the organiza- tion and supervision of European exams: first Michael Reddy (1976-1980), later follo- wed by Birger Gooss (1980-1982) and Antoi- nette de Mol (1982-1984).

Many TA journals in Europe started success- fully. They are proving their vitality and be- aring witness to the members’ scientific interest: Actualitées en AT (French), Strook (Dutch), Neues in der TA (German), Rivista de AT and Neopsyche (Italian), Transactions and ITA News (British).

Relationship between EATA and ITAA was a main concern in the years 1978 – 1980. At the level of friendship and professional cooperation these relationships have always been efficient and stimulating. Diverging points of view appeared as soon as we touched on the issues of princi- ples or structure and needed continuous efforts. Today we are witnessing the results: a joint EATA-ITAA Conference.

Text taken from an article in the EATA  newsletter 1984

Janne Blarke,
President of EATA 1980 until 1982

image011As the Gouldings arranged our first conference in Villars, a group of people in Europe had already invested in starting TA in Europe, and in the co- ming years we all invested in forming EATA.

I joined TA at the very first conference in Europe, held in Villars in 1975. I signed my training contract with Shea Schiff and be- came a dedicated Cathexis School trainee for years, with Richard Erskine and Marge Reddington as secondary sponsors. Others signed  contracts  with  the founders of other Schools of TA, and we all enjoyed, shared and appre- ciated different views and schools of TA.

image013So together we were the 1. gene- ration TA trainees in Europe and were lucky to learn from, get to know personally, and get training from almost all the members of the Eric Berne San Fransisco semi- nar. The members formed ITAA, and we all joined. They continued to travel to all countries in Europe offering training and supporting the growth of TA. We owe them much love, thanks and gratitude.

In 1979 I became member of the EATA council, and as I became president in 1980, the challenge for us in Europe, and EATA became to strengthen our identity, and grow from being 1. gene- ration trainees to become 1. genera- tion sponsors and trainers  nationally and in Europe. We wanted to further develop our European organization, develop national organizations, training programs and exam structures. Both as member of council and in my 2 years of presidency, it became a very powerful and important experience to share the support,  togetherness

and stroking atmosphere that we as council of EATA created among ourselves.

With the knowledge, energy and commitment we all invested in those important years we adop- ted and maintained a conscious- ness of the importance of OK ness. Let´s always share good- ness, love and peace from our little TA corner of the world.

Warm  love  and  congratulation EATA with your 40th  anniversary!

Vincent Lenhardt,
President of EATA 1982 until 1984

image015In Villars, in July 1974, when I attended the first European TA Congress, I could not ima- gine that EATA would experience such growth and that I would later become one of the EATA Presidents.

During my presidency we started new com- mittees, defined the job description of the officers, and engaged the first permanent administrative secretary in Rome in July ’83, Martine Bussat (who worked, later as Martine Huon, for EATA until 2005).

The European national TA associations have chosen to stay involved in ITAA and EATA. l am very glad we have reached this goal through a common attitude from the various Council members and a constant commit- ment in communicating, insuring coopera- tion and a will for mutual understanding. Frequent letters and phone calls as much as personal relationship created an atmosphere of confidence and a will to invest in mutual cooperation.

image017Having been elected to the Board of Trustees of ITAA in Summer ’82 was a great opportu- nity for me to work on continuing the good relations between ITAA and EATA, started by my predecessors.

That was even more necessary with the new issues around the BOC, the changes in the international scene (creation of US TAA, growth of ALAT, maturity of EATA willing to organize their own exams) and the generous attitude of ITAA.

Now we are at the eve of the 10th anniver- sary and the Villars Congress. I am about to leave the EATA Council as required by our statutes. I am very thankful to all those who contributed and still are involved in promo- ting EATA and, through that work, the image of TA on the national and international scenes.

Text taken from an article in the EATA  Newsletter 1984

Julie Hay,
President of EATA 1987 until 1989

image019It may seem strange that I choose a photo of an elephant to illustrate my time as EATA President – but within that role I negotiated the affiliation with ITAA, and because of that role I was invited to run for election, and be- came, ITAA President.

Because of that, I was able to persuade ITAA Board to accept an invitation to run a confe- rence in India – and hence went riding astride the back of an elephant within a pa- rade of 105 elephants all decked out in gold. Hence my EATA presidency lead di- rectly to this highlight 😉

I recall how positive the relationships were between EATA and ITAA at that time – and I am proud of being the person who introduced image021the TAlent (the policy of giving dis- counts to those in economically disadvantaged areas of the world) to both organisations – and for which I thank Jenni & Mervyn Hine for the original idea.

I have chosen the second photo to illustrate my ongoing involvement in the TA commu- nity. Having been TSTA Organisational and Educational for many years, I went back as a student to complete the training and pass the EATA  CTA  Psychotherapy exam in  2014  – and I am now working on the Counselling CTA accreditation . . .

The jacket I am wearing is my ‘psychotherapist jacket’ that I knitted during the training to show that I can think about things other than TA;-)

Nicole Duhamel,
President of EATA 1989 until 1991


The most important theme for me in EATA was the spreading and the development of TA in Eastern European countries.

In July 1989 we had the first EATA confe- rence in an Eastern European country in Za- greb (Yugoslavia at this time).

At the ITAA/EATA joint conference in Brussels, July 1990, a roundtable was conducted by Jean- Pierre Quazza, EATA Vice President, on “Expanding TA. Global Action: Eastern Europe”. The first high- light in this event was the presence of colleagues from the USSR who were able to express their own needs and wishes in front of a large assembly of members from the “whole (TA) world”.

image025The message was very clear: there is an enormous amount of interest in TA in those coun- tries and it is difficult to study by books only: there is an ur- gent need for training and su- pervision.

Since usual (western) pay- ments of training were impos- sible due to economic reasons in these countries several trai- ners offered training just for the costs of accommodation and food and EATA  started  to support the travel costs for such trainings.

Since a large number of PTSTAs and TSTAs had already initiated contacts and actually trained people these programs became suc- cessful.

There were at that time al- ready groups at work in Lenin- grad, Poznan, Lublin, Budapest and Prague, just to name a few.

The main impression left by this meeting was one of extra- ordinary hope and pride about the usefulness and appeal of TA and about the capacity that we have as TA organizations, to mobilize ourselves at the fo- refront of what was then the European Adventure of the 90’s.


Servaas van Beekum, drs,
President of EATA 1992 until 1993

image027I actually was president of EATA by default. Having lost an internal vote to Ann Waters (in 1991), I became president half a year later after she unfortunately suffered a stroke and had to step down from office.

Let me highlight three major developments from this time:

The 1992 Stockholm conference was in my view a highlight and a breakthrough moment in EATA’s standing. The catalyst for this was a courageous Swedish aca- demic, who was a guest and key- note speaker. His observation that the conference was rich on application but poor on academic rigor set the parameters for EATA proactively and definitely getting away from its inherited pop psy- chology image.

The European developments of the early 90’s. The wall had come down only two years before and the opening of eastern Europe was foreground. Many trainers made contacts with professionals in the east, from St Petersburg, via Prague till Bucharest.

The PTSC/COC training and certifications procedures proved here their value, as they established a solid base for training from early on. And lot of the work was to start in- viting their representatives to join the coun- cil. It marked the start for EATA growing from about 15 affiliated associations till the 30 now.

image029Another international issue was more transatlantic, showing in the deteriating relations- hip between EATA and ITAA. As a start both organizations were looking for a more mature relationship.

EATA felt to have grown out of a type of membership what was generally felt and considered as being subservient to ITAA while paying for it. A second important diffe- rence was that EATA had set its priorities on professionalism, which had become irrelevant at that time for ITAA’s priority on membership.

As history has shown, the diffe- rences were at the time not reconcila- ble and ITAA and EATA needed a clear break from the old relationship, which happened in 1995. I was involved in that break in my follow up role as ITAA president.

Only after that, a new relation could grow in the following ten years.

Mary Cox,
President of EATA 1993 until 1996

image031What I remember most vividly from my time as EATA President (1993 to l996) is the joy and friendship of working with so many people from so many countries and cultures.

EATA faced serious challenges just as I started – near bankruptcy!!! Erich Hartmann, dear friend (and Treasurer) are you there?

There followed over a year of angst and pain as EATA and ITAA separated: a hard time for all. But this memory is easily mellowed by many more of rich experiences of productive meetings, splendid cooperation on the EATA Council and committees, the fun of interna- tional conferences, and the delight of being at the heart of EATA’s working life.

image033This was a period during which EATA welcomed new members from Eastern Europe, and I was given the opportunity to visit and to work in some of these exciting places.

In Russia this developed into an eight year programme, and I also made a long term working connection with Lithuania and Slo- venia. I feel blessed and so fortunate to have been presented with so many opportunities, and to have met and become friends with TA people from all around the world.

I worked hard as President, and the work often meant a long working day both at home and during meeting times, and neces- sitated extra time away from family – and I loved it all! Thank you EATA.

In the years that have followed I have watched proudly as EATA has continued to thrive and to develop. EATA is certainly a living working demonstration of ‘TA in action’.

John Parr,
President of EATA 1996 until 1999

image035I became President of EATA immediately after the separation from the ITAA. Much of my time as president was devoted to rebuil- ding healthy relationships between the two associations and together with Gloria Noriega, the President of ITAA, I am proud that we were able to continue in a collegiate way.

This reconstruction involved dealing with the feelings of hurt and mistrust between people on the two boards and also working with the Training and Standards  Committees.

image037Gordon Hewitt and I put a lot of energy into looking at how we could achieve parity and remove training and standards from the po- litical arena. We achieved this by structural changes so that the two international trai- ning standards bodies were independent of political control. Thus together we achieved new structures and understandings that al- lowed TA to retain an internationally united approach to training and certification, with mutual recognition between the two organisations.

I made it my objective as President to achieve financial stability for EATA, with a good reserve in the bank. Our treasurers were all terrific during this period and with their sound budgeting and by managing our conferences to achieve positive financial outcomes we ended my term with one year’s income in reserve.

Finally we established a small executive committee who could manage the general running of the organisation and used the larger body to devote time to look at a range of other issues. This had the effect of making meetings more manageable and streamlined the decision making  processes.

Jan Hennig,
President of EATA 1999 until 2001









During my presidency I was for some time also president of the German TA association – DGTA and it was one of my foci to improve and facilitate the co-operation between EATA and its members (and the other multinational organizations (ITAA  (In- ternational Transactional Analysis Association) and WPTA (Western Pacific Transactional Analysis Association)).

The sense of belonging and respecting each other with the TA philosophy of I’m O.K. you’re O.K. was more difficult on the organizational level than on the personal level. So it needed constant practice and I enjoyed the many inter- national contacts I was able to have in this time.

image041A real challenge were some ethical com- plaints in member organizations, where it became clear, that EATAs role was not defi- ned good enough.

This was the beginning of the new ethic code with clear definitions of responsibilities and procedures. It was developed over years with the help of many individuals and organizations from different countries in many discussions to the current status.

Roland Johnsson,
President of EATA 2001 until 2004

image043In my sailing boat I have a sign that says “I’m the captain of the ship and I have my wife’s permission to say so.” Although this is humorously meant, I think it fit well with my new situation in EATA. ”I was the new presi- dent of EATA and I had the Council’s and the members’ permission to say so”.

I’m a TSTA in psychotherapy and a member of ITAA and EATA since the start of EATA in 1975. Actually my primary sponsor for the TSTA, Michael Reddy, was the first president of EATA. The work for a joint handbook (to- gether with ITAA through TACC) was an im- portant task, because it stresses main directions for EATA: co-operation, connection and internationalism. When sailing you learn to navigate well, keep the course, and then work yourself through all hinders like wind, weather, waves and rocks and with a co- operative crew you will reach the destination sooner or later. Working for a joint manual is that kind of a practical task.

image045We (my wife Annika and I) invited and welcomed trainers in Europe to come to our hometown Malmö in Sweden on EATA’s first arranged two days European TA Trainers Meeting in 2003. We were more than 100 participants.

Integration has been a key word in many areas. The growing and integration of new affiliated countries from Eastern Europe and the work with the Core Competencies (CC) in the different fields of application were im- portant themes during my presidency.

Text taken from the EATA newsletter 2001

Adrienne Lee,
President of EATA 2004 until 2007


It was a search for understanding that fortu- nately brought me to the TA river in 1971.

I wanted to understand why people behaved in different ways, often strange ways. I needed a model to understand the complexities of human behaviour. And since that time my personal and professional life was closely connected to TA.

In 2004 I became President of EATA at a time when the Statutes and the Ethical codes were updated and changed to permit more autonomy and robustness.

image049I was excited to launch the “out reach” pro- grammes to enable TA to be vitalised in countries where TA was just beginning or where early TA initiatives could be enhanced and made more robust with the presence of EATA. Our number of national associations was growing and growing.

I loved being more engaged with the International TA community and was dedicated to doing all I could to keep the TA rivers flowing freely and strongly, and encouraging new streams to come and join us.

I enjoy giving keynote speeches and workshops at international conferences, and doing what I can to inspire the growth and development of TA especially in the ecological and spiritual dimensions. It matters to me that TA keeps growing and developing in response to new learning and research and that it is seen as a significant contributor alongside other modalities.

I have always identified myself as a teacher rather than a writer, I love teaching because the material we are learning flows organi- cally as it is co-created with the student.

Maria Teresa Tosi,
President of EATA 2007 until 2010

image051I was President of EATA after eight years as one Italian delegate. That long experience in the EATA Council was invaluable to under- stand the importance of dialogue and coope- ration, fostering the inclusion and respect of national associations and individuals.

I wanted to stretch the boundaries of EATA to include new resources and challenges from our wide community. I thought that the associations belonging to EATA should aim  to be autonomous enough to build their own internal alliance and develop their own resources and I saw the role of EATA as sup- porting the autonomous growth of the single associations.

I saw as one main function of the president of EATA that of facilitating networking, stimulating new developments, mirroring emergent needs in our community, and co-creating the possibility of a wider international community.

image053During my presidency several workshops and projects were financially and organizationally supported by EATA across Europe. Moreover, attention was given to the possibility to renew the training and exams system to meet new developments and requirements, and to improve its overall organization.

A second goal in my presidency was to promote a solid organizational basis to develop research in transactional analysis, and to help the transactional analysis approach to keep on developing in the scientific world. The creation of the new International Journal for Transactional Analysis Research (IJTAR) was one major outcome of that cultural policy.

Sabine Klingenberg,
President of EATA 2010 until 2013


Inspiration for changes…:

I wanted to challenge and inspire Council members as well as all members to contri- bute to

  • Provide continuous professional service
  • Improve the services
  • Use the competencies in the “field”
  • Create transparent and safe processes
  • Create a space for projects, initiative and enthusiasm
  • Create a safe environment for you as dele- gates as well as people in charge

Therefore core functions of EATA are:

  1. To develop and maintain accreditation,
  2. The code of ethics and practice and
  3. To develop and maintain recognition of profession (e.g. research, publications, and conferences).

image057Based on the idea of cooperation, pro- tection, permission and potency EATA started an organisational change  process- and all members were invited to take part.

Thanks to feedback and support of many people we achieved 2012 in Bucharest structural changes and changed the statutes.

Additional guidelines were transparency, clear definitions of roles, tasks, responsibilities and competencies

Results were:

  • New: TDRC – Theory deve- lopment and research Com- mittee
  • Chairs of TDRC, PTSC and COC are mem- bers of EATA who are chosen based on job and competence profiles
  • Projects were decided: trainers pool, check membership categories and their represen- tation
  • The first pilot conference: Theory develop- ment and research
  • Ethic Advisor position outside Council – who is responsible for the development of proce- dures and protocols concerning Ethics
  • Budgeting according to projects…

We – the team of Executive Committee and EATA Council – are proud to have contributed to necessary  changes.

Marco Mazzetti,
President of EATA 2013 until 2015

image059We find ourselves in a time of transition: the European TA Community has grown greatly during the first decade of this century. It changed deeply its characteristics and moved from a community of psychothera- pists to a largely differentiated one: with educators, counsellors and organizational consultants.

These changes are quite different in the va- rious countries: some of our national associations are still largely psychotherapeutic communities, while in others the presence of psychotherapists is greatly reduced or al- most disappeared.

Meanwhile, the scientific world has changed and demands more and more proof of efficacy for the psychological approaches.

Another aspect is that the globalization requires that Europe considers itself a part of a larger network, and that a policy of TA de- velopment is interconnected with other countries and continents.

For these reasons, the main challenges du- ring my presidency were (and still are, in my opinion) how to promote democracy, parti- cipation and cooperation in a complex com- munity with different needs and perspectives; how to keep it close to our roots, in order to preserve a deep sense of belonging with our original values and cul- ture and the vivid fire of Berne’s intuitions; how to promote research to validate TA and ensure it a sound place in the scientific and academic world; and finally how to develop common policies with the ITAA and other non-European TA associations.

I think these challenges will be at the hori- zon of our next decades. The ways to deal with them will determine the future of EATA and of TA itself in Europe.

The first „Training Endorsement Workshop“ held at Villars







The first ever Training Endorsement Workshop (years before had existed so called “PTM-work- shops” to train the coming generation of „Teaching members” and after those were no longer organized trainees had to have 3 sponsors (instead of one) to make sure they were duely trained and supervised) took place in Villars in 1984 and was an impressive event with 6 staff members and around 41 participants.


1. Marilyn Zalcman, US
2. Pearl Drego, India
3. Oswald Summerton, India
4. Vann Joines, US
5. Margret Turpin, UK
6. Carlo Moiso, Italy
18. Salomon Nazielski, Belgium


7. Ian Stewart, UK
8. Ilse Brab, Germany
9. Gerrit Heesters, Netherlands
10. Martha Huesgen-Adler, Germany
11. Mario Salvador, Spain
12. Antoinette de Mol, Belgium
13. Nelly Micholt, Belgium
14. Angelika Gloeckner, Germany
15. Toni Fuchs, Switzerland
16. Jenny Hine, Switzerland
17. Tommy Kvarnlöf, Sweden
19. Jan Hennig, Germany
20. Gerhard Springer, Austria
21. Werner Rautenberg, Germany
22. Hans Bergström, Sweden
23. Lasse Ahnby, Sweden
24. Maarten Kouwenhoven, Netherlands
25 .Marijke Arendsen-Hein, Netherlands
26. Erika Stern, Netherlands
27. Gianni Fortunato, Italy
28. Anna Rotondo, Italy
29. Adrienne Lee, UK
30. Ann Waters, UK
31. Diana Shmuckler, South Africa
32. Susanna Ligabue, Italy
33. Hans Jellouschek, Germany