What is Transactional Analysis?

Transactional Analysis is used widely in psychotherapy, counselling, education and organisational development and offers a range of models that can be used to explain communication and relationships and personality. These models can help identify what goes wrong in communication and how to interact for a better outcome.

Our repetitive patterns of behaviour affect both ourselves and those around us and are the result of early childhood decisions which in TA are referred to as ‘script’. These script decisions can limit our potential. An example of script can be things like ‘I don’t like change’ or ‘I’m not accepted’. TA focuses on how script manifests itself in day-to-day life and how we can move beyond it to improve the quality of our lives.

The core principles of Transactional Analysis are:

  • People are OK
  • Everyone has the capacity to think
  • People decide their own destiny and these decisions can be changed