Transactional Analysis (or TA) helps to explain in simple terms why we think, feel and behave in the way we do.
TA is my core model of therapy, which is very effective in helping people understand their problems and helping people make lasting life changes.
There are three basic philosophical assumptions in Transactional Analysis:
People are OK
This is the fundamental acceptance that regardless of what you do, no matter what you think, or despite your feelings you are a worthwhile, valuable person in your own right. This principle carries itself directly into the relationship between therapist and client. We are both equal. We share the responsibility of achieving the agreed therapeutic goal.
We can all think
If we have all got the capacity to think then we have all got the capacity to work out what we want and work out how to get there. My job is to support and guide you in this task; you do not need anyone else to decide for you. You know what’s best for you. For many clients entering therapy it may not feel this way when they start. Some feel confused and unsure and are looking for the therapist to tell them what to do. I will work with you to help make sense of and clear this confusion.
People decide their own destiny and have the power to change these decisions at any time
If we got to where we are today because of the decisions that we made, then it’s within our power to change these decisions. We can be who we want to be and achieve our goals if that’s what we choose to do. This is not always easy. Small changes may start the process and build up to larger changes when it feels safe.