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

TA as a Short-Term Cognitive Therapy

TA as a short-term cognitive therapy

In this chapter I explore the use of classical transactional analysis in short-term work and examine its value as a cognitive constructivist approach. I discuss some of the ways that cognitive thinking can inform the practice of short-term work, as well as some of the connections with and challenges to TA. The final part of the chapter concentrates on practical issues in short-term psychotherapy.

Broadly speaking, taking a cognitive constructivist view means taking a view of people that emphasises the role of our internal maps of reality, in which human beings are seen as acting on and organising stimuli from the environment according to our own idiosyncratic strategies. Such a view emphasises the constructions that ...

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