Transactional analysis is a psychological theory that focuses on how people interact
with others, including the therapist, to uncover the patterns of social behaviour the
client is engaged in, which were developed during childhood and continues to
operate into present time.
Throughout therapy, the TA therapist will work directly on problem-solving
behaviours, whilst helping clients to develop day-to-day tools for finding constructive,
creative solutions. The goal is to ensure clients regain autonomy over their lives.
Ultimately, TA is used to facilitate growth and prosocial change in clients. It’s an
approach to help people develop better self-awareness, communication skills, and
improve how they relate to others. Practitioners use ideas from several modalities,
including psychodynamic, behavioural, and Gestalt theories.
“The destiny of every human being is decided by what goes on inside his skull when
confronted by what goes on outside his skull.”
― Eric Berne