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

Short-Term Therapy for Post-Trauma Stress

Short-term therapy for post-trauma stress

This chapter describes a combination of short-term interventions designed to prevent the development of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is intended for use as a crisis intervention model with people who have experienced a recent traumatic incident. The model was originally designed for short-term interventions in workplace counselling, however it can easily be adapted for use in a wide variety of settings.

I developed the model while working as the principal employee counsellor within a large Local Authority. The Employee Counselling Service provided short-term counselling for 24,000 workers in eight departments representing a wide variety of trades and professions. As the service grew in reputation increasing numbers of people were seen who were experiencing the signs and ...

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