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Eric Berne (1910–1970)Eric Berne (1910–1970)

Counselling and psychotherapy training institute TA East launches in Wanstead this month. Here, founder Victoria Baskerville offers some insight into the theory of transactional analysis.

TA East has grown out of a counselling, psychotherapy, supervision and consultancy practice established in Wanstead and east London for over 20 years. We aim to offer in-depth training in transactional analysis, leading to recognised qualifications and registration in counselling or psychotherapy.

Transactional analysis was founded by Eric Berne in the 1950s. Berne's vision was to make psychotherapy accessible to the lay person. To move away from the doctor-patient relationship and enable the client to have insight into their own processes, thus offering an open and equal relationship. Since then, transactional analysis has developed vastly, integrating humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural models.

In the last two decades, relational transactional analysts have re-embraced Berne's original psychoanalytical roots, by considering the transferential phenomena in relational dynamics, while holding the humanistic philosophy as central to the practise, offering the 'I'm OK, you're OK' relationship.

Transactional analysis offers a comprehensive theory of personality, using ego states to understand intrapsychic processes and a theory of communication, through analysis of transactions, between us, both consciously and unconsciously.

Transactional analysis theory states that, by the age of six, we have unconsciously written our life script and decided our destiny, based on what we believe about ourselves, others and the world. We are significantly influenced by family and cultural scripting. Our script is an unconscious life plan, made in childhood, which repeats and reinforces thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Once aware, we have the capacity to change our life script.

Our training institute offers a two-day workshop in the basic concepts and theory of transactional analysis. It is a prerequisite to undertaking the three- or four-year training course leading to registration as a therapeutic counsellor or psychotherapist, and may also be used as self development or continuing professional development for the fields of education, coaching and consultancy. The course introduces a breadth of transactional analysis theoretical concepts, bringing them alive through examples and experiential exercises. Participants will receive an internationally recognised certificate, awarded by the European Association of Transactional Analysis. Training is facilitated by experienced psychotherapists and educationalists who are UKCP registered. Integral to the training is an awareness of difference and cultural diversity, bringing counselling and psychotherapy into social and political contexts.

TA East runs workshops at Wanstead Library and is offering a free taster session on 27 September. For more information, visit or call 07950 678 617

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