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Transactional Analysis

A Relational Perspective, 1st Edition

By Helena Hargaden, Charlotte Sills


216 pages

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Transactional analysis is growing in popularity as an approach to psychotherapy, and this book provides an in-depth, comprehensive model of theory and practice.

Transactional Analysis: A Relational Perspective presents a relational model of psychotherapy which reflects the theoretical and methodological changes that have been evolving over recent years. In this book, Helena Hargaden and Charlotte Sills tell the story of their model through case history, theory and diagram illustrating how the unconscious process comes to life in the consulting room. Their relational theory and applied methodology of transactional analysis makes it possible to chart realms of uncertainty and the unknown, (deconfusion of the Child ego state), with theoretical assistance.

Transactional Analysis: A Relational Perspective covers:

* the approach

* the dynamics of the relationship

* therapeutic transactions

* wider implications.

It looks at the whole therapeutic relationship, from the establishment of the working alliance, to the terminating of therapy and beyond. It will be of great interest to postgraduates and professionals in the field of psychotherapy.


"This book is written in a fascinating fashion, intertwining a detailed presentation of an intensive psychotherapy with an unusually frank account of the therapist's reconsideration of her theoretical model and development of new modes of thinking about and doing treatment." - Bill Cornell, author and trainer in transactional analysis and body-centred psychotherapy

"This is a must read book for any serious psychotherapist interested in providing a comprehensive and in-depth psychotherapy and of particular interest to clinical Transactional Analysis." - Richard G. Erskine, Training Director, Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy, New York City

"By providing the reader with an integrated perspective which addresses contemporary relational theories and their implications for clinical practice, therapists, supervisors, trainers and clients themselves will find this book a rich resource and source of much useful and relevant material." - Diana Shmukler, UKCP Integrative Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer

"Hargaden and Sills have provided a clear and comprehensive theory of the evolution of a core sense of self. This theory functions, in itself, as a left brain 'hold' that allows therapists to use their right brain intuition and imagination to enter into and experience the patient's right-brain perception of their reality without the therapist becoming lost. This is quite an achievement, and one that I believe will benefit even the most experienced and sophisticated therapists." - Ken Woods, The Psychotherapist, 2004

"The book is a marvellous journey from beginnings… The book offers a wide range of theoretical and methodological stimuli which are worth discussing. Every relational therapist and transactional analyst should have it." - Ulrike Muller, European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, 9(1) March 2007

"This is a richly informative book and readers will be encouraged by the authors' reflection, honesty, and human approach to their work, regardless of which modality they may feel they 'belong' to. I would recommend this book to any serious practitioner who has an interest in how the'nitty-gritty' of the relationship not only influences, but is central to, the process of psychotherapy." - Neil Gibson, Journal of Existential Analysis, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2008

Table of Contents

Introduction. Stage I: The Approach. The Story of 'B'. The Development of the Self. Forming the Working Alliance. Stage II: The Dynamics of the Relationship. Transference. Countertransference. Erotic Transference. Cultural Implications in the Transferential Relationship. Stage III: Therapeutic Transactions. Empathic Transactions. Therapy with the Parent Ego State. Group Psychotherapy. Stage IV: Wider Implications. Different Dimensions of Transactional Analysis. How to Say Goodbye?

About the Series

Advancing Theory in Therapy

Most books covering individual therapeutic approaches are aimed at the trainee/student market.

This series, however, is concerned with advanced and advancing theory, offering the reader comparative and comparable coverage of a number of therapeutic approaches.

Aimed at professionals and postgraduates, Advancing Theory in Therapy will cover an impressive range of theories.

With full reference to case studies throughout, each book in the series will:

  • present cutting edge research findings
  • locate each theory and its application within its cultural context
  • develop a critical view of theory and practice.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / General