Transactional analysis (TA) is a modern and accessible form of psychology that has practical concepts designed to promote personal change and growth. The focus of TA is to help individuals reach their full potential.
As a therapy, TA is very versatile, and it’s concepts and models can be applied to many different circumstances and situations. It is considered to be a ‘humanistic’ approach to therapy, although it does integrate ideas from psychoanalysis and psychodynamic therapies. The versatility of TA means that it can be applied as both a short-term, solution focused approach, and also as an effective long-term, in-depth approach.
Throughout therapy, I work with clients in the here and now, encouraging problem solving behaviours while helping them to develop day-to-day tools for working out creative solutions. The ultimate goal of therapy is for clients to regain autonomy over their lives.
Transactional analysis is a talking therapy, and in sessions I might help clients to explore facets of their personalities in order to understand how they have been shaped by experience (particularly childhood experience). TA has a wealth of models, tools and techniques to help with this process. I work collaboratively with clients to identify and change repetitive patterns that limit their potential. We all have the potential to live the life we want, rather than the life we are programmed to live. Sometimes however this potential is hindered by repetitive patterns or ‘unconscious scripts’ that stem from childhood decisions and teachings.
I work with individuals on a one-to-one basis, with couples, and with groups in an atmosphere that is non-judgemental, secure and respectful, to create a positive, trusting relationship with clients. This style of relationship can sometimes act as a model for subsequent relationships developed outside of the sessions.