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What is TA Psychotherapy?

Transactional Analysis psychotherapy (TA therapy) is often described as the treatment of psychological problems, based on the relationship between the client and the therapist. Transactional Analysis psychotherapy in practice is used for personal growth as well as to resolve the whole range of life's problems, for example, depression and manic depressive disorders, anxiety states, and other specific behavioural difficulties and relationship problems.

Is TA psychotherapy for me?  - YES

● If you have any kind of psychological / emotional or behavioural problems effecting your life. Generally the more specific the problem, the easier to deal with.

● You do want to make changes in your life.

● For general problems such as low self esteem or generally being depressed, or generalised anxiety expect the therapy to last longer.

● Specific problems usually are sitting on top of underlying and often unconscious problems.

● It is a good idea to consider the level of therapy you wish to go through.

NOT in Private practice -

● If you want or need to use medication or hospitalisation as a means of treatment. (For example to withdraw from drug or alcohol addiction.)

● If you are currently dealing with problems which are commonly described as psychotic.

● If you have a history of being violent either physically or sexually.

What questions should I ask before seeing a TA therapist?

What can I expect if I see a TA therapist?

What is TA - Transactional Analysis - Transactional Analysis, a model which describes an understanding of how people think, feel and behave in relation to themselves and others. TA also provides various models which can be used to make changes, both in brief therapy and long term therapy.

The analysis of transactions, socially between individuals and internally different parts of the self. TA therapy is used to promote understanding, change, and growth in individuals, organisations and within educational settings.

TA was developed BY Eric Berne in the late 1950's and 1960's. Berne was interested in psychoanalysis and in the treatment of psychiatric disorders, he developed TA as a method of 'curing' clients. He described cure as developing intimacy, awareness autonomy and spontaneity. Cure is also seen as achieving the specifically contracted for changes the client wishes to make.

Since Berne's original and at the time revolutionary approach TA has become established as one of the major schools of psychotherapy and counselling as well as being used in organisational and educational settings. There are well over 7,000 members of the European Association of Transactional Analysis, and over a thousand members of the institute of Transactional Analysis in the UK.

The best known terms from TA, as described originally by Berne are now in common every day use...

● Games: a repeated pattern of relating to others, which ends in dissatisfaction.

● Strokes: giving and receiving recognition , either positive or negative.

● Life Script: the unconscious life plan which a person lives his / her life by.

Individual sessions: You will normally be seen for an hour session. The frequency and number of the sessions will be decided between your self and your therapist.

Individual therapy can last from one or two sessions to ongoing therapy over years depending on the issues you are bringing and the purpose of your therapy.

Couples: You will often be seen for one and a half hours in each session. both partners need to be wanting to attend and will be asked what they are wanting to achieve by attending the therapy.

Groups: Dave runs a group which meets on alternate months: Over a weekend, this group is intended for long term work.  

Costs: Therapists charge various rates and often therapists will see clients for reduced rates -

See YTCi payments page for details of administration contract regarding the payment of fees

Eric Berne -

First wrote about TA during the 1960’s - it has since developed and evolved as a mature psychotherapy and approach used for coaching, organisational and educational work.

TA psychotherapy - and article by Dave

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