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Transactional Analysis Counselling in Action

Fourth Edition


October 2013 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Selling over 25,000 copies across three editions, this book provides an unrivalled introduction to the core concepts and basic techniques of Transactional Analysis (TA). Ian Stewart guides the reader step-by-step through the successive stages in using TA to create therapeutic change, building understanding of the way the approach works in real-life practice.

Key features of this new edition include:

-a single extended case study running through the book

-'Key ideas' panels to summarize the main ideas in each section

-Detailed discussion of 'closing the escape hatches': TA's distinctive approach to resolving the issues of suicide, self-harm or violence

-Practice Checklists offering suggested questions readers can use to appraise their own work with clients at strategic points in the text

- Space for Reflection sections and Further Reading lists to conclude each chapter.

This bestselling textbook offers trainee and practising psychotherapists and counsellors a concise, hands-on exploration of current concepts and techniques in Transactional Analysis.

Ian Stewart is Co-Director of The Berne Institute, Nottingham. He is the author of Eric Berne (SAGE, 1992) and Developing Transactional Analysis Counselling (SAGE, 1996), and co-author of TA Today (2nd edn, Lifespace, 2012).

 
PART ONE: THE TA FRAMEWORK
 
Counselling with TA
 
Planning the Route to Change
 
Mapping the Structure of Problems
 
Separating Past from Present
 
PART TWO: THE PROCESS OF COUNSELLING WITH TA
 
Taking the First Steps
 
Exploring a Childhood Life-Plan
 
Forestalling Tragic Outcomes
 
Making Contracts for Change
 
Challenging Outdated Beliefs
 
Making New Decisions
 
Ending Counselling
 
References
 
Index

`Ian Stewart has made the difficult link between theory and practice clear without being patronizing. This is valuable for everyone interested in TA since many concepts can only be fully assimilated when linked to actual examples. Even if you are not in clinical practice, this book would be a useful addition to your library and, for anyone in training or beginning practice, this is required reading'
- Group Relations



Ian Stewart shows how Transactional Analysis can help the reader to make sense of human experience and behavior. He provides clear information about the meaning of specific key concepts used in TA and how to build an understanding of the person using these. Although Stewart writes for counselors, this is also useful for those who use counseling skills in their day to day roles, or who simply want a way of making sense of their own experience with others. There are skills based practice and discussion exercises, spaces for reflection, and direction to very focused additional reading, to expand and illustrate his points. In this edition Stewart brings us up to date with current developments in TA. Many of the core concepts of TA are covered in a structured and focused way, and brought to life in Stewart’s engaging application to a client. Tips, based on experience, and guidance for practitioners, are integral to the book, making this a practical and relevant text for trainees in the TA model and those wishing to use TA as an additional resource to add depth of understanding and choice to their practice.

Barbara Monk-Steele
Senior Lecturer, De Montfort University

A most welcomed new edition of a standard Transactional Analysis  text  which will prove to be an invaluable resource for many.  It will appeal to those  whose initial training has been in a counselling modality other than Transactional Analysis,   and who are now interested in adding Transactional Analysis  resources to his or her counselling skills,  as well as to those who are already practising or training professionally in Transactional Analysis.

This well written edition provides coverage of a number of established Transactional Analysis concepts and the author, Ian Stewart, a well respected member of the Transactional Analysis international community, clearly articulates how to use the concepts whilst working with a client whom he calls John.  By choosing one client to apply the concepts are not presented in a vacuum: they become alive and relevant.     

I appreciate the space for reflection which can be used in a group or individually to promote thought and further discussion; the summary of key ideas to which the reader  can easily  refer and the indication of  further reading which enables the reader to explore and enhance  his/her learning and understanding. This is a text which I will be recommending to the students.

Sue Brady
Head of Counselling and Psychotherapy Training, Peter Symonds College

Clear, concise and practical. The fourth edition of Transactional Analysis Counselling in Action is, in my view, the best available introduction to the basic techniques used by TA counsellors and therapists. Both students and more experienced practitioners will find plenty of helpful recommendations and guidance in this accessible and practical text.

Mark Widdowson
Senior Lecturer, The Athens Synthesis Centre

This book will be a valuable tool to understand Transactional Analysis Counselling, to have practical examples and ideas on how to implement TA as part of therapy. Suitable for training purposes at post graduate level and for psychologists and counsellors who would like to understand TA as a therapy strategy.

Dr Petro Erasmus
Psychology , Univ. of The North West
September 20, 2014

An excellent resource for our 2nd year diploma students. Highly recommend.

Mrs Susan Draper-Todkill
Counselling, South Nottingham College
November 13, 2013

Excellent new edition of well-established text

Mr Keith Walmsley-Smith
Psychology & Mental Health, Staffordshire University
November 13, 2013

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Chapter One: Counselling with TA


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