The 1st TAPDA Awards Ceremony – Turkiye

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Hülya Üstel

The first Transactional Analysis Personal Development Awards were given to 11 participants by Hülya Üstel on January 27, 2014 in Ankara, Turkiye. After 36 hours training, participants have written a 4 month learning portfolio. After that long and joyful journey to their inner world, participants has got the right to have TAPDA. Julie Hay participated in the ceremony through skype.

See some of the group, with Hülya, below.

What participants say about this process

Meryem Beklioğlu Yerli

What I like most is that the real me buried deep inside is floating up to the surface through learning and applying TA.

Yıldız Temel

After learning about TA, I have a more positive outlook on life. Now I am braver in expressing my feelings and thoughts to other people without being afraid of misunderstandings.

Uğur Beklioğlu

The most important change in my thoughts and therefore in my life as a result of TA training, is accepting that everyone is unconditionally okay just because of their existence and that everyone is capable of changing themselves at any time in their lives. This helped me to accept the differences among people and find my core values inside.

Sibel Yıldırım

My life has two phases: before and after TA. I am truly grateful to Hulya Ustel, to her wholehearted and genius way of understanding and teaching TA. Without her, I wouldn’t be the person who is becoming a princess every day.

Fatma Ceyhan

When I learned TA, I realized that generally people in my life had shaped my life. However, now I am very happy to know that I can be the architect of my own life by applying TA to my life.

Feriha Yıldırım

I feel much more powerful now that I learned TA. I am becoming an “adult” who can take responsibilities and make her own decisions. I am much happier and less stressed now as I have learned to say “no” to the things I do not want.

Sühendan Karauz

The most positive change TA has created in my life is to increase my awareness; TA enabled me to take responsibility of my actions and to get to know myself better, which resulted in healing me.

Okan Arıhan

I’m grateful that I have learned how to apply TA in my life, which is the most powerful tool to understand and change myself.

Kaan Yerli

It is a great pleasure and opportunity to learn about ourselves using TA.

What the trainer (Hülya Üstel, Psychologist MSc) said

I have been working as a psychologist for 22 years. I love psychology; it is not only my profession but also a hobby of my life. That’s why I have always enjoyed doing my job. I had trained in and implemented many different approaches in psychology before I started to train in TA six years ago. I loved it and enjoyed learning it. It was like an umbrella which covers all my knowledge. First of all, it helped me as a person. Thus, I felt like finally I found out a main perspective in my life. I still continue to learn more about TA, because I find it so easy to apply and powerful to make changes in my life. As a psychologist I can still use all of the other tools and techniques in my work with TA.

My love of TA motivated me to teach it to people. In Ankara, Turkiye, there was a group of people who intended to learn about themselves more through psychology and they invited me to teach them new ways of looking at their lives. We started to work together and I taught them TA. They got impressed by TA and wanted to learn more; therefore, I prepared more modules to teach them.

I shared all my preparation with Julie Hay. After she evaluated my TA teaching modules, she supported me and provided me with some supervision. We thought about the process and structured the TAPDA together and created Transactional Analysis Personal Development Award with reference to my training program. I am so grateful and appreciate Julie Hay’s support and encouragement.

I am extremely glad and proud that the education program I designed resulted in TAPDA and I was the first instructor to provide this education and give TAPDA certificates in the world.

Programme Outline

6 modules of 6 hours each

  1. TA history, basic principles of TA, contracting (working contract and TAPDA contract), basic needs, strokes, basic hungers, time structuring, ego state model, egogram
  2. Transactions, life positions, favourite life position, authentic feelings, racket feelings, autonomy
  3. Power, power games, symbiosis, discounting, reference frame, racket feelings, stamp, trading stamp, game formula
  4. Psychological games, examples, drama triangle, the relationship between games and life script, basic knowledge about script
  5. Script, injunctions, permissions, program, counter injunctions, drivers, script decisions (early decision and redecision), script types, counter script
  6. Self reparenting; steps and process and redecision process


Hulya Ustel

Hülya is a lifelong learner and offers training programs for coaches and companies as well as private therapy sessions online. For more information, please visit and

She can be contacted at: [email protected].