Karen Pratt

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Karen Pratt

Educator, Coach trainer, Supervisor and Facilitator

Karen has been an independent contractor with TA matters for the past 16 years. Learning, development and transformation are at  the core of her expertise. She works as an educator, trainer, coach, coach trainer and coach supervisor and facilitator. She uses her skills in diverse places of ongoing learning from NGO’s. schools, colleges, public companies, academic departments and individuals.

Qualifications and certifications

  • Certified Transactional Analyst specialising in Educational Applications (International Board of Certification, 2008)
  • Diploma in Coaching (Coaching Development Ltd, 2011)
  • Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator (Center for Appreciative Inquiry, 2011)
  • Diploma in Coach Supervision (Coaching Development Ltd, 2016)
  • Professional Certified Coach PCC (ICF 2016)
  • Teaching & Supervising Transactional Analyst specialising in Educational Applications (International Board of Certification, 2016)


Between 2005 and 2013 Karen worked for the Wellness Foundation designing and facilitating  Care for Carers programs that were delivered across several provinces in South Africa to support community care workers in their challenging work. The following articles describe this work:

  • Pratt, K., & Mbaligontsi, M (2014) Transactional Analysis Transforms Community Care Workers in South Africa Transactional Analysis Journal 44,  53-67
  • Chapter entitled: Using Transactional Analysis with Community Care Workers in South Africa in: Into TA – A Comprehensive Textbook on Transactional Analysis – edited by William Cornell, Anne de Graaf, Trudi Newton & Moniek Thunnissen   Karnac 2016


Other work in the community sector included working in schools. The following articles grew out of this work:

  • Pratt, K. (2005) TA in Mvula Township School. IDTA News. Dec Vol 2 Issue 6
  • Pratt, K (2006) Transactional Analysis in a Black township school in South Africa. Script. Vol 36 No 6
  • Pratt, K. (2012) T A Proficiency Award at Ned Doman School. IDTA News. Vol 7 Issue 3
  • Pratt, K., & Johnson, S (2013) South African High School honoured with Transactional Analysis awards. Script. Vol 43 No 3
  • Chapter entitled: Building Community in: Educational Transactional Analysis – An international guide to theory and practice – edited by Giles Barrow & Trudi Newton     Routledge 2016

Karen runs training groups in TA for beginners, to practitioner qualification level, and trainer and supervisor level. She has thriving online training groups spread between Africa, India, the UK, Indonesia and Poland. She is on the training staff of an international coaching company, Coaching Development Ltd.


She holds the pro-bono position as Chairperson of the South African Transactional Analysis Association (SATAA). She regularly examines in international exam centres

From July 2020 she holds the role of Co-Chair of the Professional Standards Committe (PSC) of the International Board of Certification (IBOC)


Her most recent book is published by Routledge (publication date 3rd February 2021)

Transactional Analysis Coaching – Distinctive Features