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School of Health and Society

Dr Mark Widdowson

Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy


Mark has over 20 years of experience as a practicing psychotherapist. He specialises in Transactional Analysis (TA) Psychotherapy. He was the recipient of the 2017 International Transactional Analysis Association Research Award in recognition of his research into the effectiveness of TA


Mark teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate counselling and psychotherapy modules and teaches on psychological first aid, emotional intelligence & psychological wellbeing across the university. Mark has a strong international reputation and regularly teaches workshops around the world

Research Interests

I am currently investigating the effectiveness of a transactional analysis-based six-week psychoeducational group work programme. I am also engaged in ongoing case study research on the effectiveness of transactional analysis psychotherapy with a range of presenting issues and research which is examining how we can actively promote positive mental health. I am especially interested in practice-based and practice-relevant research which enhances therapeutic practice

Qualifications and Memberships

  • UKCP Registered Psychotherapist.


Widdowson, M. (2016), Transactional Analysis for Depression: A Step-By-Step Treatment Manual, Routledge, London

. Gentelet, B. & Widdowson, M. (2016), 'Paradoxical Alliances in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy for Anxiety: A Systematic Adjudicated Case Study', Transactional Analysis Journal, 46(3), pp.182-195.

Widdowson, M. (2014), ' Avoidance, Vicious Cycles, and Experiential Disconfirmation of Script: Two New Theoretical Concepts and One Mechanism of Change in the Psychotherapy of Depression and Anxiety', Transactional Analysis Journal, 44(3).

Widdowson, M. (2014), 'Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy for a Case of Mixed Anxiety & Depression: A Pragmatic Adjudicated Case Study "Alastair"', International Journal of Transactional Analysis Research, 5(2), pp.66-76

Widdowson, M. (2012), 'TA treatment of depression: a hermeneutic single-case efficacy design study- case three: 'Tom'', International Journal of Transactional Analysis Research, 3(2), pp.15-27.

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