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5.0 out of 5 stars T (om) A (ngie) as a story..., 9 May 2012
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This review is from: Skills in Transactional Analysis Counselling & Psychotherapy (Skills in Counselling & Psychotherapy Series) (Paperback)
Christine uses TA to explain one way of working with 2 different clients from initial consultation through to ending or completion.

It is set out beautifully and is really easy to follow and this is definitely one of the strengths of this book.

Certain issues arise whatever "theory / school" you may use and TA has many different types of treatment plans, ways to diagnose etc.

It's nice to read through someone else's way of working and wondering if you would have picked the same threads up or focused on a different part of the narrative.

One of the beauties of TA is the richness and depth of the theory. Certain individuals are now encouraging more research using TA as the favoured intervention because it seems to work more often than not ...

This is an interesting book also for people interested in using therapy to "get better" or help cope or understand what life is currently putting their way.

The introduction outlines "one way" of showing what happens in therapy by using a five stage model.

Part 1 focuses on the counselling relationship.
Part 2 is about developing awareness.
Part 3 mentions Spontaneity and Awareness - and if you're not familiar with TA terms then the Dictionary of Transactional Analysis is probably needed as this book doesn't have. Glossary.
Part 4 is about Autonomy and endings - and again Autonomy is used in a specific way.

If you're a trainer, counsellor or Transactional analysis trainee then this will make a nice addition to your library.

If you're just interested in "getting better" and ever wondered what makes Transactional Analysts so good at their job - then learning a bit of theory will help you "talk a common language" with your therapist if you choose to work with a TA person rather than someone who uses CBT or DBT or REBT or MI or etc etc etc...

Anyway, TA is always worth a read in my world and this is a nice book, laid out simply and elegantly and really easy to follow...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable, 8 April 2015
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This review is from: Skills in Transactional Analysis Counselling & Psychotherapy (Skills in Counselling & Psychotherapy Series) (Paperback)
As a student counsellor, I have read and re-read this book. The combination of clear theory, practical application and vivid examples makes this an exceptional guide. In fact, the case examples are so well described that you quickly feel yourself in the room with the client; equally, reading the advice, full of well-chosen points, expressed with subtlety, directness or humour as appropriate, you can imagine yourself in supervision with Christine. Take all this, make it concise, accessible, clearly presented and structured to follow the journey of client and therapist, and you will see why I find it indispensable.
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