About Catherine

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Catherine is committed to helping people make positive changes in their lives. She is a TA Practitioner and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Her counseling approach is simple, practical, and educational.

What is TA?

Transactional Analysis is a positive theory of psychology, created by Eric Berne, MD.  TA has helped millions of people live positive, authentic lives. TA uses simple, easy-to-understand diagrams and definitions to help you identify everyday life problems, and how to solve them.

TA tools help us identify how people get ‘stuck’ in poor beliefs, habits, and feelings. The tools help people overcome common problems, such as depression, anxiety, hopelessness, and relationship problems. TA principles work well for individuals, couples, with children, and at work.

In her workshops and iBooks, Catherine teaches TA with story-telling. Good stories are fun.  Good stories can help you see how other people use TA principles.  Her stories make workshops and webinars informative and inspiring.
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Catherine’s Professional Experience 

Before starting her private practice in 2006, Catherine was the Director of Organizational Training and Development for Marie Callender Pie Shops Inc., in Orange County. She excelled at developing effective tools and systems for learning and for change.  Her specialty was Understanding Personality Types, and Communication Skills for Managers.

  • Education: MA Counseling Psychology-Argosy UniversityLicense: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist CA #49676
  • License: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist CA #49676
  • Certification: TA Practitioner Instructor
  • General Coordinator of USATAA www.usataa.org
  • Member of the USGA
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4 comments

  1. Concerning the statement on the course webpage https://catherineobrienmft.com/ta-training/
    you say “TAP is $500 paid by Paypal. The second TAP program is needed for certification and cost is $250 “.
    Question1: What is the second TAP program?
    Question 2: What is the certification?
    Question 3: I looking for some sort of certification like this to credential me as a relationship coach. I have no other schooling or training in counseling or therapy. Would your courses fill the bill for me?
    Thank you!

    • Hello! Thanks for your interest in TAP! The next TAP starts in Spring 2019-usually the 3rd week of January. It is also a 12-week course. Students interested in TAP certification through USATAA. You can go to http://www.usataa.org and find out more about the requirements. Finally, the TAP certification is not a credential. Some of my students have been relationship coaches, and they get their certification through a school for coaches. These students like TA so much that they take the TAP to add to their coaching skills and tools. I hope this helps! Again, thanks for your interest in TA Catherine

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