Transactional analysis (TA) is one of the most accessible theories of psychology, designed to promote personal growth and change. It is considered a fundamental therapy for well-being and for helping individuals to reach their full potential in all aspects of life.
TA was founded by Eric Berne in the late 1950s. The TA approach to therapy is based on the theory that each person has three ego-states: parent, adult and child. These are used along with other key transactional analysis concepts, tools and models to analyse how we interact with each other, what gets in the way, and to identify what change is needed for better outcomes.
How does transactional analysis work?
Transactional analysis sessions are designed to explore an individual's personality and how this has been shaped by experience - particularly those stemming from childhood. This is achieved through skilful questioning and the utilisation of various models, techniques and tools. For many people, the appeal of transactional analysis lies in the simple models and language it employs, which help us to understand why we have become who we are today and how we relate to other people.
Throughout therapy, TA therapists work in partnership with their clients toward agreed goals. Therapeutic tasks include developing problem-solving behaviours and day-to-day tools for finding constructive, creative solutions, as well as promoting awareness of deeper blocks to living an enriched life.