Transactional Analysis (TA) is a model for understanding human behaviour, communication and relationships developed in the 1950’s and 60’s by Dr. Eric Berne. It’s now a well-established form of talking therapy used widely in counselling and psychotherapy. The philosophy of TA is that people are OK and everyone has the capacity to think and make choices.
TA focuses on our interactions with people, places and ourselves, and provides many usefully tools to help understand why it is that we think, feel, and behave in the ways that we do. Developing this self-awareness can help increase our autonomy and choices in the world, and lead to positive healing, growth and change towards a flourishing and full life. TA’s a humanistic and compassionate theory that supports people to account for the past, and improve their relationships, communication, work life, and their personal anxieties.
A key feature for me as a TA therapist is that I can share method and theory with my clients, who then have the same tools to support themselves in everyday life. It’s a collaborative approach, meaning that both you and I are actively involved in the process in an equal, reciprocal relationship. It can provide opportunities to change repetitive patterns, often formed in childhood.
As a solid base for me, TA’s flexibility allows me to incorporate other techniques and approaches to suit each individual client.