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

Cathexis: Brief Therapy in a Residential Setting

Cathexis: Brief therapy in a residential setting

The genesis of transactional analysis (TA) was in Eric Berne's early work with severely disturbed patients in psychiatric hospitals. TA as an operational model for understanding and working with disordered thinking (contamination) and regressiveness (exclusion), both describes and sets out to cure some of the most basic and commonly encountered symptoms of serious mental illness. Part of Berne's legacy to TA was his demand for effectiveness and his assertion that we, as practitioners should be continually awake to the possibilities for a single-session cure (see Chapter 6), and that anything less would be a failure of professionalism. The theoretical and ethical implications that flow from these grounding principles suggest that TA has ...

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