What is Transactional Analysis (TA)?There are many different types of counselling available to people; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)and person-centred are the two most common. Transactional Analysis (TA) falls in between the two, on one hand it is a powerful cognitive therapy that challenges negative thought patterns and behaviours. It is also a humanistic therapy in that it is important to understand that the client has the answers to the their issue, they simply need to be guided to that realisation. TA has some unique powerful theories that are easy to understand and put into practice making it an effective method of counselling.
TA is a theory of personality developed by an American psychoanalyst named Eric Berne in the 1960's. At its core are three core principals. Check out my Blog where I describe some key TA concepts.
Everyone is deserving of respectThis is captured in the rather twee statement I'm OK /You're OK and written I+U+. It is my aim to provide a safe, accepting environment for you where you feel respected.
Everyone has the capacity to understand their situationThe language of TA is easy to understand, there's no psychobabble; the ideas normally make sense to people giving them a useful tool to take away and think about.
Emotional difficulties are treatable given the correct approachIt's not that TA is the correct approach but rather that as a TA counsellor I will adapt my approach to suit you, it is a flexible therapy where we account for the individual rather than working to a prescribed approach.
TA is a contractual form of counselling where you and the counsellor negotiate a therapeutic contract; together you decide what you want to get from counselling and what you need to help you move forward. It can be an empowering moment when you realise that you hold the answer to your problems and that you know what is best for you.
A really good explanation of some basic TA concepts can be found on You Tube. Click on the Hyperlink for Ego States.