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Are you interested in the field of counselling and psychotherapy or just starting out in your training? Trying to get to grips with the many different approaches and decide which are right for you? This book can help! An ideal introductory text that assumes no prior knowledge, leading authors in the field provide overviews of 26 counselling and psychotherapy approaches in accessible, jargon-free terms. Each approach is discussed using the same framework to enable easy comparison and evaluation, covering: • Development of the Therapy • Theory and Basic Concepts • Practice • Which Clients Benefit Most? • Case study Four further chapters offer an insight into the therapeutic relationship, working with diversity, professional issues, and research, while resources such as suggested reading, discussion issues, appendices of further information and a ...

Transactional Analysis
Transactional Analysis
Ian StewartMark Widdowson

Transactional analysis (TA) is a model for understanding human personality, communication and relationships. TA got its name because it was originally developed as a way of analysing the patterns of communication – transactions – that people use when they are relating in pairs and groups, and this is still an important emphasis within the approach.

A central supposition of TA is that – with practice and appropriate training – you can reliably judge someone’s internal experience from their external behaviour. In particular, you can judge by the person’s observable behaviour whether she is ‘in the here and now’, or replaying part of her childhood, or unawarely copying the behaviours, thoughts and feelings of one of her own parent-figures.

TA therapy* is ...

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