Transactional analysis


Transactional analysis is a social psychology and therapeutic approach to improve communication and relations. The approach outlines our personal development and sense of self, how we relate and communicate with others, and offers suggestions and interventions which will enable us to change and grow. Transactional analysis is underpinned by the philosophy that:

  • people can change
  • We all have a right to be in the world and be accepted.

One of Transactional analysis’s central concepts is the idea of three ego states to help explain the development of the self and its core makeup, and how we relate to others subsequently.

  • Parent ego state. This is a set of feelings, thinking and behaviours that we have copied from and adapted to whilst in relationship to parents during early emotional development.
  • Adult ego state. This state is about direct responses to the here and now.
  • Child ego state. The set of behaviours, thoughts and feelings which are replayed from our own childhood when faced with stressful and challenging experiences.

The idea of this style of coaching is to increase the capacity of the Adult ego state to tolerate and decontaminate the prejudices of the Parent state and disentangle the distortions of the Child state. This enables the client to reach their own autonomy and true core self which has been influenced by parental, social and cultural pressures. Transactional Analysis has great theoretical depth and is very interactive and collaborative in its approach.

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