Ellipses: Cultural Reflexivity in Transactional Analysis Supervision

Salma Siddique

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The author reviews the literature on supervision and the use of autoethnography as a research method. On this basis she then explores her own ideas for improving cultural reflexivity within models of supervision, with a particular focus on transactional analysis. She suggests that supervisory practice could be enhanced by being aware of the elliptical spaces between personal identity and the professional role, between supervisor and supervisee, and between both individuals and their cultural worlds. Transactional analysis, with its focus on cocreated interactions, offers an opportunity for mutual reflexivity and the application of this elliptical approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-166
Number of pages15
JournalTransactional Analysis Journal
Issue number2
Early online date28 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2017


  • transactional analysis supervision
  • reflexivity
  • culture
  • ellipses
  • autoethnography
  • psychotherapy
  • counseling
  • anthropology


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