Dr Mark Widdowson, lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy at the University of Salford, gives a two minute introduction to transactional analysis
Are you Ok? – the essential video on Transactional Analysis
Fears – An illustration of how your fears can affect your day to day living

There are periods in our lives when we feel unable to cope. Therapy is time set aside by you and a therapist to help you resolve your difficulties by exploring the issues and developing resources and skills to deal with them. As a therapist I will enable you to find your own answers, and develop tools to manage your feelings and behaviour so you can take control of your life. This will include talking about events in your life (past and present), your feelings, emotions, relationships, your patterns of behaviour and ways of thinking.

Transactional Analysis (TA) is the main theory of psychotherapy that I use. TA is an approach to counselling and psychotherapy that provides us with ways of understanding ourselves and others.

The philosophy of TA is based on the belief that
• People are OK; thus each person has validity and importance
• We all have a basic loveable core and a desire for positive growth
• Everyone has the capacity to think for themselves, and change their thinking
• All facets of an individual have a positive value for them in some way
• People decide their story and destiny, therefore these decisions can be changed
• All emotional problems or difficulties are curable

Issues that counselling and therapy may help with:
• Self Esteem
• Depression and Anxiety
• Relationship Issues
• Anger Management
• Stress
• Bereavement and Loss
• Dealing with Sexual Abuse Issues
• Shame Based Issues
• Miscarriage/Abortion
• Eating Disorders
• Confidence and Assertiveness
• Divorce and Separation
• Changing Direction your life
• Post Traumatic Stress
• Identity
• Loneliness
• Anxiety
• ..and more

However, you don’t need a crisis to choose to have therapy. You may be experiencing feelings of alienation or dissatisfaction with life in general, or be seeking some balance in your life. Counselling is not only about problems, it can also allow you to get to know yourself better and to develop as a person.