What is Transactional Analysis?


Transactional Analysis (TA) is a theory of personal development, relationships and interactions. It was created by Eric Berne in the 1950s, and has been developed and expanded by practitioners since then. You can read more about TA in the UK by simply clicking here or to read more about the key ideas of TA just follow this link.

TA offers a range of practical ways of understanding people's needs and of promoting growth and change. Many of its models of interaction are easy to explain and grasp. Some clients find the way that TA theory understands and explains their difficulties very helpful, and say that knowing the theory helps them to feel more in control of what they are experiencing. Other clients are happy to leave the theory to me!

TA is founded on some core philosophical beliefs:
  • People are born OK
  • People having emotional, relational or other difficulties are nonetheless full, intelligent human beings
  • We are responsible for our own experience
  • Human behaviour is predictable
  • All emotional problems are curable given adequate knowledge and the proper approach.
  • Change is possible.
  • People know what they need

As a counsellor and psychotherapist, I find that TA offers me many ways of supporting my clients, enabling them to resolve the issues that hold them back from living life in a way that is satisfying and fulfilling.