About Transactional Analysis

The there are two things which vary from one therapist and another: the first is the style of psychotherapy that they have studied, the second is their own personality and experience which has an effect on how they use it. I chose to study a style of psychotherapy called Transactional Analysis.

Transactional Analysis (TA) is a form of counselling and psychotherapy created by Dr. Eric Berne in the 1950s to help his patients at a point in history where available therapies were prohibitively expensive, hard to understand, and time consuming.

TA aimed to be quick, easy enough to understand that the therapist could actively involve the client in their treatment, and aimed to do so in the smallest number of sessions possible. The therapist sported an 'I'm OK, you're OK' attitude keeping themselves and their clients on a positive, equal footing both practically (ideally the therapist does 50% of the work and the client does 50%) and psychologically. TA also acknowledged that people could take an active decision making role with regards to their therapy which meant they both had to agree on each course of action that the therapist suggested, it also meant they could change their mind if they wanted to.

TA has been added to significantly over the last 65 years. It has been constantly updated as new knowledge about people's minds and brains has come to light. Theories have been created to explain why people communicate differently using thoughts, emotions, and behaviour. Research has taken place which shows it is effective in treating depression. Relational styles have been developed which are congruent with counselling research which shows that the relationship between a client and therapist is vital to the overall success of the therapy.

I have been trained in a variety of different TA styles and pull from each as appropriate for the person seeking help and the nature of the problem they bring.

Transactional Analysts in Europe are regulated via the European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA). Each country has sub organisations who merge the requirements of EATA with the laws and cultures of the country they reside in. The organisation I am a member of is the UK Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA), they liaise with other regulating organisations for therapists in the UK.