In our work we use aspects of the Transactional Analysis model and its body of scholarship, some of which incorporate approaches commonly called Gestalt or Rogerian.
Game Theory . . . relating to others in a bid for intimacy, this theory deals with the way in which we relate to others when we repetitively develop roles for ourselves which give us a payoff but not the contact we crave
Wares Doors . . . the observation that we all respond differently to thinking, feeling and doing
Racket feelings . . . the substitution of one feeling for another
Channels of Communication . . . responding to the client from, and appealing to the ego state most likely to be beneficial
Ego State theory . . . the basic model that helps to explain how our present behaviour is informed by our past
Cultural Parent . . . the internalisation of culture or social norms into personality
Contracting . . . negotiated agreements.
A major part of the Transactional Analysis that underpins the way we work with clients is that of contracting, or making negotiated agreements, with clients about what they want and what the therapist can and is prepared to offer.
Most clients arrive focused on a specific problem and the past – but one of the prime reasons for making a contract is to shift the focus of attention into the future,and the goal of change.
Richard Mottram BSc (Arch), AADip, Dip (Couns), MBACP (Accred)