Ales Zivkovic MSc (TA Psych) PTSTA(P) CTA(P) is a psychotherapist (UKCP registered), counsellor, clinical supervisor, and trainer. He holds an MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy and is a Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy) – PTSTA(P). He is also a Certified Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy) – CTA(P) and has a Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling. As part of his PhD research in counselling and psychotherapy, Ales is currently studying the psychotherapeutic treatment of personality impairments and personality disorders. He is also an active author in peer-reviewed journal publishing.
Ales runs his private psychotherapy, counselling, and clinical supervision practice in Central London (Mayfair W1K and Marylebone W1G). As a psychotherapist (and counsellor), Ales predominantly works with issues of identity and the sense of self, as well as with challenging personality features. In relationships, such issues often cause reoccurring problematic relational patterns, some of which may include losing oneself in relationships, avoidance of conflict, difficulties with authority, dependency and co-dependency, and many other difficulties. They may also include an inner experience of emptiness, meaninglessness, and purposelessness and may manifest themselves in symptoms such as anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem, various forms of addiction, personality disorders, eating disorders (including binge-eating disorder), self-harm, self-sabotage, issues of obsessive-compulsive nature etc. Origins of these difficulties can often be found in one’s adverse experiences earlier in life, such as developmental (childhood) difficulties or other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as developmental trauma and neglect.
Ales’ psychotherapy and counselling experience also involves working with individuals and groups within a large NHS GP surgery, as well as an involvement within secondary psychiatric setting as an honorary psychotherapy counsellor at NHS North Westminster Community Mental Health Team (CMHT).
As someone of mixed ethnic background, Ales is also involved in working with cultural identity and diversity.
In his clinical work, as well as part of his theory development work, he mainly falls back on psychodynamic transactional analysis (TA). He is also systematically integrating other concepts of psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy into his clinical practice as well as into furthering psychotherapy and transactional analysis (TA) theory and research in general. Ales is passionate about academic advancement and theory development and, as such, continuously presents it through academic writing, as well as at national and international conferences and talks.
As a clinical supervisor and professional consultant, he supports qualified and trainee psychotherapists, counsellors, and other professionals all over the world. He is also included on the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Supervisor Directory.
As a trainer, Ales is a regular co-tutor of the final year (exam year) of advanced clinical psychotherapy training programme at The Berne Institute in Nottingham, UK. He is regularly involved presenting and teaching and participates as an examiner at international exams.
He is also an organisational dynamics consultant, coach, and relational process mediator. As an organisational consultant, Ales is helping organisations become aware and manage intangible parts of their culture and dynamics. As a relational process mediator, he is helping companies, families, and individuals find common ground in their relating.
Ales is a registered member of UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy), a member of ITAA (International Transactional Analysis Association), UKATA (UK Association for Transactional Analysis), EATA (European Association for Transactional Analysis), and the Berne Institute, UK.