We offer training in Transactional Analysis.
Transactional Analysis (TA) is a model for understanding human behaviour, communication and relationships and is used in many contexts.
Eric Berne 1910-1970
Born in Montreal, Canada, Berne qualified as a medical doctor in 1935 and moved to the USA. He began his psychiatric residency and went into psychoanalysis. He was drafted into the Army Medical Corps as a psychiatrist during WWII and on his discharge continued his psychoanalytic training. He developed his new approach to psychotherapy using the concept of intuition and in 1956 published papers in which he first explained the Parent, Adult and Child ego-states and used the term ‘structural analysis’. In 1957 he presented a paper entitled Transactional Analysis: A New and Effective Method of Group Therapy. The following year he presented his theory of games and script and the basic framework of TA was complete. He published several books including Transactional Analysis in Psychotherapy and Games People Play which became an international bestseller.
Eric Berne died in 1970 and his final book, What Do You Say After You Say Hello?, was published posthumously in 1972. His basic ideal was to cure people quickly which was rooted in his medical training as a doctor. He wanted TA to be accessible so that client and therapist could co-operate in the process of cure. This accessibility means that today TA has an international following and is represented by organisations all over the world.
TA has been successfully adapted for use in business organisations, education, coaching and counselling.