Developed by Canadian-born psychiatrist Eric Berne in the late 1950s, Transactional Analysis (TA) is a theory of personality and a systematic psychotherapy for personal growth and personal change.
TA gives us a picture of how people are structured psychologically using the ego-state model (Parent, Adult, Child). The same model is used to help explain how people function and express their personality through behaviour.
TA provides a theory of communication - how we transact with each other.
TA also offers a theory of child development, by explaining how our present life patterns originated in childhood.
TA is used in psychotherapy, counselling, education and in management settings. Understanding the way we relate to others can offer tremendous insight and opportunity for change.
I work using TA in a relational way. I believe that the quality of the relationship between us is itself the central feature of effective therapy.