What is Transactional Analysis
Transactional Analysis (TA) is a social psychology developed by Eric Berne and over the last 40 years has evolved to include applications for psychotherapy, counselling, education and organisational development.
TA is a powerful tool to bring about human well being. In psychotherapy TA utilises a contract for specific changes desired by the client and involves the “Adult” in both the client and the therapist to sort out behaviours, emotions and thoughts that prevent the development of full human potential. TA therapists intervene as they work with clients in a safe, protective, mutually respectful “I’m OK your OK” environment to eliminate dysfunctional behaviours and establish and reinforce positive relationship styles and healthy functioning. TA therapists are able to use the many tools of psychotherapy, ranging from the psychodynamic to cognitive behavioural methods in effective and potent ways.
Counsellors who utilise TA work with their clients on solving the “here and now” sort of problems. Counselling works on creating productive problem solving behaviours in a safe and mutually respectful environment with the client. This working relationship provides tools clients can use in their day to day functions to improve the quality of their lives.