Transactional Analysis

transactional analysis
transactional analysisAs well as working as a person-centred counsellor and as a cognitive behavioural therapist I also work as a transactional analyst.

Transactional Analysis (TA) is a model for understanding human personality, relationships and communication developed by Eric Berne, an American psychiatrist in the 1950’s. It is a practical approach to understanding and changing the way we think, feel and behave by using a three part model known as “ego states”.

Depending what ego state we are in will influence not only how we think and communicate with ourselves and others but also how others respond to us. Learning to recognize and differentiate how we communicate with others, why some relationships are more complicated than others and then learning what to do about them is all part of transactional analysis.
transactional analysis
Embodied in the theory of TA is the theory of life scripts which is an unconscious life plan based on decisions made in early childhood about ourselves, others and our lives. These decisions made sense when we were young and often helped us to adapt in the world of our childhood.

They are often unhelpful in our adulthood and can be restricting and limiting. These decisions are then played out in our day to day lives though the way we think, feel, behave and communicate with others.

T.A. is also relational, in that it is the quality of the therapeutic relationship that is important to the success of the therapy. We all have a basic need to be recognized and to have healthy and satisfying attachments.

transactionalI frequently use transactional analysis in therapy because people want help in changing patterns in their lives that feel bad or are not productive and part of the process may be making goals and then working with the therapist to achieve them.

Making changes and choices that allow you to live the life you want to live is what transactional analysis is all about.

For more information see www ita.org.uk
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