The Transactional Analysis Diploma in Counselling is a Level 6 postgraduate course, requiring a minimum of four years to complete. It is a humanistic, integrative, psychoanalytical and psychodynamic method for understanding personalities and behaviours.
Transactional Analysis (TA) was founded by Eric Berne in the late 1950s. TA became a popular modality because it is accessible and easily understood and it has since grown and been applied in many sectors, including Counselling, Psychotherapy, Education, Business and Medicine.
Berne promoted the principle that the therapist and the client are equal, which was an entirely new concept for the time, where previously, therapy was something that was 'done to you'.
As such, the equal relationship between therapist and client and the open communication style and sharing of theory has manifested in a form of therapy that is inclusive, informative and empowering.
A Transactional Analyst will use a combination of concepts, theories and tools in order to facilitate self understanding and exploration and this approach can be applied to a wide variety of mental health areas.
Two key principles of Transactional Analysis are the beliefs that everyone has value, dignity and worth and everyone possesses the capacity for change and growth.