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Transactional Analysis


All our therapists work within a Transactional Analysis (TA) framework.  Integral to TA are the beliefs that: 1) People all have the same inherent worth; 2) that people can think for themselves, and therefore, are able to take responsibility for their decisions; and 3) that people can change.  These fundamental beliefs result in a non-judgemental therapeutic approach, focused around empowering our clients to make the changes they are looking for in their lives.

TA was founded by Eric Berne in the 1950s and 1960s who brought together some of the most effective ideas in psychotherapy (analytic, cognitive behavioural, phenomenological) into a powerful body of theory and practice. TA has continued to develop and flourish ever since. It is now a well-established approach used worldwide in areas such as coaching, resilience training, family therapy, psychotherapy, parenting, counselling, stress management, personal awareness and development, couples work, education and organisational development .

TA has many models that are easy to understand and apply but with a depth of theory behind them. These models are designed to help us to understand who we are and how /why others are different from us. It offers models to help us understand how we communicate and how that communication goes wrong, the unconscious processes that we repeat in our lives and what to do about them. We can also use TA to consider why people think feel and behave the way they do. With insight and understanding we can manage ourselves and our relationship with others better.

TA has many useful models including: Ego States, Games, Rackets, Discounting, Contracting, Life Script, Hungers, Personality, Adaptations and others.

For more information on Transactional Analysis, please visit the UK Association for Transactional Analysis where you will find lots more detail on the theory and models we work with: