Transactional Analysis or TA is a model personality, communication and relating to others and is used in 1 to 1 therapy as a system for personal growth and change.
As a very brief summary, Transactional Analysis works from three basic concepts:
- I'm OK and You're OK. In other words, both therapist and client(s) are of great value and have a shared responsiblity in the work. The therapist is not 'more OK' than the client. The therapist does not rescue and the client is not seen as the victim.
- Everyone in the room can think - i.e. take responsibility and be autonomous
- Everyone in the room can change - make decisions to experiment, or to do things in a new way. We do not have to be held in the grip of 'the past'.
Transactional Analysis also includes a range of models that can be used to explain communication and relationships and can help to identify what goes wrong in communication and how to interact for a better outcome. Many TA concepts are simple to learn and apply, making them very accessible and effective.
TA was originally developed as a new form of psychotherapy by Eric Berne in the 1950s and 60s with an emphasis on open and equal dialogue between client and therapist.
TA focuses on empowering individuals, as well as exploring the relationships we form with others, it is used as a tool outside of the therapy setting and is a well-established approach used in psychotherapy, counselling, education and organisational development.
If you prefer to develop your knowledge by attending training. The official 2 day introduction course is called the TA101. There are courses available at TA Training Organisation and many other institutions.