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

The One-Session Cure: On Becoming a Non-Smoker

The one-session cure: On becoming a non-smoker

This chapter is about how to cure our clients quickly.

That's the way to practice psychotherapy. Like you find a splinter and you pull it out … and there's only one paper to write which is called ‘How To Cure Patients’. That's the only paper that's really worth writing if you're really going to do your job. (Berne, 1970)

The request to take the pair of tweezers and pull out the splinter is Eric Berne's provocative and important demand for the psychotherapist to focus on cure rather than progress, and it becomes the inspirational and philosophical basis for transactional analysis as a successful psychotherapy. The philosophical assumptions of TA also clearly emphasise the ‘I'm OK, ...

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