Transactional Analysis provides a clear and simple outline of human personality and interaction based on down to-earth observation.
The basic concepts can be shown in diagrams and described in plain language, understood even by children. Therefore it can provide a common language between counsellor and client, or members of a group or family or organisation, to discuss their patterns of behaviour. It is being used in many different cultures worldwide.
The core philosophy of I’m OK, you’re OK, affirms the value of each human being, and provides a key ethical standard for relationships, in non-sectarian language.
Transactional Analysis has a holistic approach to relationships, applying to cognition (script beliefs), behaviour, emotion and spirituality (‘physis’). It enables communication patterns to be analysed in detail in any system, both within and between individuals. It insists that everyone learn to think clearly.
As well as simple basics, Transactional Analysis theory provides depth in a comprehensive range of applications, from couple work to classrooms to corporate management.
For keen students, there are international exams to become a Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA) in Counselling, Psychotherapy, Education or Organisational Work. Transactional Analysis exams are usually held in conjunction with Conferences and other training events (see Events - Five Year Schedule for more information). You may even go further and become internationally accredited as a Teacher and Supervisor (TSTA) (see Our Community - Trainers & Training Institutes).