Transactional Analysis (TA) is a humanistic philosophy which was developed by the late Eric Berne, MD. There are 3 fundamental beliefs of TA:
- People are OK – both you and I have worth, value and dignity; essentially mutual acceptance.
- Everyone has the capacity to think – it is our responsibility to decide what we want from life and live with the consequences of our actions.
- People are autonomous – we decide our own destiny.
TA offers theories of personality and a wide variety of frameworks in which to understand how we are structured psychologically.
Simple methods allow us to explore theory such as the ego state model, to help identify our current ways of communicating for example, and our life script, to identify repetitive, obstructive patterns and problems we set up for ourselves.
TA is used broadly, both in the treatment of everyday challenges and personality disorders.
TA is flexible and can also be applied when working therapeutically outdoors. Working in a natural environment can focus more on breathing, movement and connecting to nature.