Me as a TA Psychotherapist

Psychotherapy is a process in which I have been investing my time by expanding my knowledge through consulting literature, attending seminars and workshops, regular monthly supervision, and talking to colleagues about their experiences. Sometimes this journey can be hard and difficult, and then playful moments spent with my daughter, yoga classes, breathing and meditation exercises, walking in nature, and many other beautiful and creative interests I like to practice in my free time help me.

Awareness of the script development and developmental deficits in people has encouraged me to deepen my compassion and increase my ability to understand others, often using empathic transactions to ensure that the clients' experiences are understood and that the clients feel they are understood by me as a therapist (see Clark, 1991).

I perceive the psychotherapeutic setting as a place of personal growth and development as well as of dealing with the hidden parts of one's personality, therefore I consider it significant to respect and protect the human rights of each client. Sometimes it is not easy for the clients to make up their mind and enter a psychotherapeutic process, so I realize the importance of my role in helping them overcome initial difficulties and problems. I feel that my psychotherapeutic and personal approach full of commitment and genuine interest in the well-being of every person helps my clients to relax over time and give a chance to the process that can provide them with a nice opportunity to learn, acquire knowledge and make changes. By assuming the responsibility for my professional activities, I also ask the clients to take on their own responsibility in the work process, which puts us in an equal position from which we can jointly create an atmosphere of security, safety, and desire for an authentic search in the form of expanding consciousness and making changes inside ourselves and our lives.

I am grateful for the learning process and the opportunities to meet and feel different therapists and educators/supervisors since through their teaching and work I was able to acquire everything that suits my sensibility. The learning process involved me witnessing the group processes and the work of my TA colleagues providing me with an additional opportunity to learn through their lives and experiences based on which I could learn more about myself.
Over time, I fell in love with TA and accepted it as a part of my personal and professional identity. I consider this an exceptional quality, both for everyday life and for working with people who come to me and uncover, reflect on and change themselves. The development of my psychotherapeutic identity i.e., what I am like in the process – involved, attentive, full of compassion and empathy, progressive, consistent, free to consult the clients and ask for their opinions, setting boundaries and respecting individual differences – represents a sound foundation on which I can further develop and improve my therapeutic style and identity.
Anita Marković