Anita Mountain

Interviewer: Traian Bossenmayer. Co-interviewer: Diana Deaconu
October, 2015

BIO:

Anita is Certified in both Psychotherapy and Organisational Transactional Analysis and then became a Teaching & Supervising Transactional Analyst in both fields. She has a Masters Degree in TA Psychotherapy and has undertaken Somatic Psychotherapy training. She is a Certified Trainer and Coach in the Process Communication Model and is also an Association for Coaching Accredited Executive Coach. Anita has a unique way of blending both Organisational and Psychotherapy fields whilst at the same time maintaining the boundary between the two.

Anita has written a number of papers for the Transactional Analysis Journal as well as for other professional journals. In addition in 2004, she wrote a highly acclaimed book based on TA for workers working with young people, entitled Lifting the Limits. In 2011, along with Chris Davidson, Anita co-authored Working Together; Organizational Transactional Analysis and Business Performance, published by Gower. In this book they develop their own models as well as expand on the three-dimensional OKness model written about in one page by Berne and further developed by Chris.

Working for both profit and not-for-profit organisations in the UK and internationally she has travelled to Brazil, Russia, Armenia, France, China and Romania. Through Skype she now offers Executive Coaching and Supervision world-wide.

In these interviews it is clear how her personal background, as well as her early training in Youth & Community Work, has shaped her fundamental beliefs in equality and justice. It is therefore easy to understand why, with one of the tenets of TA being OKness, she was attracted to this approach. Today she is still as passionate about ensuring OKness, equality and congruity between the fields of TA as she is in her work with individuals, groups and organisations. For Anita it is not about doing TA but how we are being as a Transactional Analyst.

Video 1: The Ongoing Struggle to Embody Transactional Analysis as a Philosophy

  • the cost of finding one’s own way of practicing transactional analysis
  • trust in the continuity of physis
  • focusing on strengths and competency

Video 2: On honesty, vulnerability and force

  • A perspective on escape hatches
  • Drawing the line between psychotherapy and organizational work
  • Vulnerability in teams and in individual work

Video 3: Working with the process, working with the task

  • Trust in relationship
  • Holding the hope

REFERENCES:

/// Anita Mountain, “The Relevance of Culture and Relationship Dynamics for Closing Escape Hatches in Therapy”, Transactional Analysis Journal, April 2000

/// Eric Berne, “What Do You Say After You Say Hello: The Psychology of Human Destiny”, Toronto: Bantam Books, 1973

/// Scott Peck, “A World Waiting to be Born”, Bantam Books, New York, 1993

/// www.juliehay.org

/// www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability