Of all the approaches to therapy, Transactional Analysis (or TA) is arguably one of those most suited to time-limited work. At a time when short-term therapy is increasingly dominant as a form of practice, Transactional Analysis Approaches to Brief Therapy provides an insightful guide which both informs and challenges. Rather than a single theory, TA has developed as a group of four schools which share a common philosophy, but place different emphasis on what occurs during the therapeutic process. Written by therapists at the leading edge of developments in TA, the book presents and differentiates each of these four approaches. Through transcripts and commentaries, it shows how theory applies to practice, for exampl

Brief Psychotherapy Using Psychoanalytic TA

Brief psychotherapy using psychoanalytic TA

In writing about brief therapy I find that my starting point is the question: What is brief therapy? Is it one day? one month? one year? one decade? When questioning the nature of short-term therapy it occurred to me that Berne was one of the forefathers of brief therapy. In the context of expensive and time-consuming psychoanalysis he introduced the idea of the one-session cure which continues to be a challenge to us all! In Britain the idea of brief therapy has been taken up particularly by the National Health Service culture which demands short-term treatment because of economic restraints. Curiously the same culture seems not to apply the same strictures to drug therapy which can ...

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