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An Introduction to Transactional Analysis


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An Introduction to Transactional Analysis Making Contracts Ego States: A Theory of Personality The Analysis of Transactions: Understanding Communication Functional Analysis: Behavioural Options in Relationship Strokes and Other Human Hungers Life Scripts: The Development of a Lived Narrative Games: Understanding Relational Dynamics Rackets: Maintaining Scripts in the Internal World Assessment and The Process of Change Relating for a Change

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Phil Lapworth is a counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice near Bath and has written extensively in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. Charlotte Sills is a UKCP registered psychotherapist in private practice and a supervisor, trainer and consultant in a variety of settings. She has been working in the field of psychological therapies since 1979 and is a BACP senior accredited supervisor, a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst and a Visiting Professor at Middlesex University. Until 2007 she was also part of the Leadership Team at Metanoia Institute where she remains a member of the faculty. Another interest is in the interface between therapy and coaching and she is a member of faculty of the Masters in Executive Coaching and Professor of Coaching at Ashridge Business School, UK. Charlotte believes that all human systems - from friendships to organizations - are about people in relationship, and she sees Gestalt as an ideal approach for facilitating effective, vibrant and satisfying relating. Charlotte has published widely in the field of counselling and psychotherapy, including An Introduction to Gestalt with Phil Lapworth and Billy Desmond (SAGE, 2012) and Coaching Relationships (edited with Erik de Haan, Libri Press, 2012).


What I liked most about this book is its practical nature. Every concept is explained in both a theoretical and real life context. Every chapter challenges the reader not only to understand but also to use the concepts. Highly recommended. -- Esther Patrick

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