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Transactional Analysis (TA) in London

Do you keep repeating the same negative cycles in your relationships and life? Would you like to move forward with the help of a practical, structured, and long-established talk therapy? 

What is transactional analysis?

Since the 1950s, transactional analysis has been around. Psychoanalyst Eric Bern created TA to provide a more practical and results-driven therapy.  

Whenever you have a problem, it believes that it’s a result of your social interactions. It is possible to create a happier life by breaking out of unhelpful relating patterns and role playing, and learning how to recognize and troubleshoot the ways you think and feel. 

An individual, a couple, or a family can benefit from transactional therapy, which works both short-term and long-term. 

The transactional therapy model

When we encounter someone or a group, we may get stuck playing unconscious ‘roles’. We can behave one way with one person or group and completely different around another. There is a theory in TA therapy that these ‘transactions’ occur because of what it calls ‘ego states’, different sides of ourselves that have different ways of thinking and acting.

When we are dominating and judgmental, we are in our ‘parent’ ego state. Sulking, rebellious behavior, or people pleasing are characteristics of the ‘child ego’. As people grow into adult ego states, rationality, objectivity, and thoughtfulness become part of their everyday lives as a result of transactional analysis.

Benefits of working with a TA therapist

You can benefit from transactional analysis in the following ways:

  • Eliminate unhelpful ways of thinking, feeling, and acting 
  • Communicate productively rather than destructively
  • Increase self-awareness and develop self-reflection
  • Engage in healthy interactions instead of draining ones
  • Stop feeling trapped and break free from long-held patterns
  • Take steps towards living a life you actually want. 

Transactional analysis at Expert Therapy London

Wouldn’t it be great to replace game playing with mature, healthy, and productive relationships that leave you feeling good? Our TA counsellors and psychotherapists have been trained in top institutions and have at least five years of experience working with clients like you. Aside from their expertise, they are also highly regarded for their empathy. 

Additionally, we offer online sessions from our offices on London. You can book your first appointment with a TA therapist by calling or using our online booking form. 

What issues can TA counselling help me with? 

You can benefit from transactional analysis therapy if you are experiencing the following problems:

  • anxiety and social anxiety
  • borderline personality disorder
  • communication issues
  • depression and low moods
  • low self-esteem
  • family problems 
  • fear of intimacy
  • relationship problems
  • workplace issues. 

How many sessions of TA therapy will I need? 

Each person’s situation is unique, so it varies from person to person. Again, transactional analysis can be used as a short-term or long-term therapy. It is possible to discuss with your therapist how many sessions you may need in your first TA session. 

Further reading

  • What is transactional analysis?
  • Is transactional therapy right for you? 
  • Berne, E. Transactional Analysis in Psychotherapy. Grove Press, Inc., New York, 1961.
  • Berne, E. Games People Play, The Psychology of Human Relationships. Penguin, 2010.
  • Luce, R. D., and Raiffa, H. Games & Decisions. John Willey & Sons, Inc., New York, 1957.
  • Lapworth and Sills. An Introduction to Transactional Analysis. Sage publications, 2011.