ITAA Board of Trustees

Diane Salters, President (2017 - 2018)

Diane Salters, MSc, TSTA (Psychotherapy), has been a member of the ITAA since the early 1980s.  She lived in the United Kingdom for 25 years where she received her TA training and integrative training at Metanoia. Twenty years ago she returned to her native South Africa where she now lives and works.  She is a recipient of the Hedges Capers Humanitarian Award.
      Diane has served on the ITAA Board of Trustees as regional representative for Africa, on the ethics committee, and as chair of the Eric Berne Fund for the Future and the Scholarship Fund committees. She is previously the VP for Research and Innovation and had a particular interest in the publication of The Script and the Transactional Analysis Journal.
      Diane values the international TA community and offers Skype supervision to trainees in various parts of the world. She is committed to maintaining the ITAA’s valuable role within that community.

Lynda Tongue, President-Elect (2017 - 2018)

I am a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst in the organizational field and have been an ITAA member since 2004. During that time, I have seen it evolve into the outward-looking organization it is today. I have also been an active member of the Institute of Developmental TA (IDTA) since its formation and am currently chair of its Training Standards Committee. I am excited that the IDTA is now ITAA’s second partnership organization and am pleased at the connection this initiative offers. I have always enjoyed the international aspect of transactional analysis and am proud to have helped to promote it through webinars, running workshops and programs worldwide, and supporting IDTA social action initiatives such as the TA Proficiency Awards. These are especially dear to my heart because they make TA accessible to children, parents, and teachers worldwide. I enjoy being part of the TA tapestry and am currently the United Kingdom delegate to the European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA). The international nature of TA is one of its strengths because we benefit from our different frames of reference. As president-elect and then president, I will work hard to continue to connect with other TA organizations and to seek ways to increase the profile of TA in the wider world. With our four fields of practice, transactional analysis has a great deal to offer individuals in so many different work and life contexts, and I think it is important to raise our profile wherever possible. The ITAA was the first TA association: I respect its history and will also be future-focused in serving the TA community worldwide.

A. Geethan, Treasurer (2015 - 2018)

Geethan is a PTSTA (Psychotherapy), holding a Masters in Psychology from the University of Madras. He practices psychotherapy in Chennai, India, and also consults organizationally to many companies across India. He has attended and presented his models in various international conferences and workshops. Geethan’s unique approach to therapy uses techniques and models from transactional analysis, Gestalt, NLP, hypnosis, CBT, and the analysis of recurrent dreams to decode the messages behind them.  As an organizational consultant, he combines his experience as an entrepreneur with the skills that he has mastered as a systemic strategist.  Geethan holds regular workshops on Enneagram, conflict resolution, and parenting for public and corporate organizations that help individuals raise self-awareness and actualize their potential. He writes regularly in various regional languages and in English newspapers, where he answers readers’ questions. Through his institute, "Nibbana Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre," Geethan dreams of creating more awareness in the general public about counseling and psychotherapy as a healthy choice rather than as a last resort for pathology.

Sumithra Sharatkumar, Secretary (2017 - 2020)

It is a great honor and privilege for me to become ITAA Secretary. I started my TA journey 15 years ago in Bangalore, India, where I received all of my training. After moving to Singapore, I joined the regional TA association (TAAS) and served as secretary on their executive committee for 5 years. My career in counseling has included both individual clients and group workshops on the use of TA in parenting. I was fortunate to cofound the Social Psychology Meet-Up Group of Singapore, where I had opportunities to organize group sessions on a variety of topics for young adults—from dating and office politics to advertising and more, all within a TA framework. I deeply treasure this multicultural experience because it taught me to think on my feet about the different ways TA concepts can be used effectively in real-life situations. I now live in Malaysia, and my work centers on parents, students, and teachers within a school community. I have served as the chair of the ITAA Nominations Committee since 2011 and have learned an immense amount about the workings, goals, and aspirations of the association. As secretary to the ITAA Board of Trustees, I will continue the good work done by my predecessors in spreading TA awareness to larger, more diverse audiences. Having already practiced counseling in different countries, I look forward to working with the various international organizations in the field using TA as a global language to connect countries and cultures.