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

Redecision Therapy as Brief Therapy

Redecision therapy as brief therapy
James R.Allen and Barbara AnnAllen

Aged 25, Joe came to treatment because he felt isolated and depressed. Whenever he attempted to make friends, they always seemed to end up taking advantage of him. This pattern had just reoccurred: his fiancée had run off with his best friend and most of his money.

Joe: There is no point in trusting anyone. They just take advantage of you.

Therapist: That sounds like an old decision.

Joe: Well, that's what always happens to me.

Therapist Joe, shut your eyes and go back to the time when you first decided not to trust people.

Joe: [after a few seconds] I've got it.

Therapist Where are you?

Joe: I am in the garage, crying.

Therapist How old are you?

Joe: About ...

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