Holbeck College

Transactional Analysis

Learn how psychodynamics helps people understand themselves via their Parent-Adult-Child ego states.

Study time
8 hours

Level 2

Start date
19 June 2024


Transactional Analysis (TA) is a form of psychotherapy that uses our interactions with others to better understand ourselves, our behaviour, and how to make changes in our lives. This introductory course will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to the theory, techniques and uses of Transactional Analysis.

Developed by Eric Berne in the mid-20th century, TA provides a framework for understanding how individuals think, feel, and interact with one another. At its core, TA examines the concept of "transactions" – the interactions and communications between people. It classifies these transactions into different "ego states" – Parent, Adult, and Child – each associated with distinct thought patterns and emotional responses.

By recognising these ego states and transactional patterns, TA offers valuable insights into improving communication, resolving conflicts, and achieving personal growth and transformation. This course will guide you through the fundamental principles and techniques of Transactional Analysis, providing you with a deeper understanding of human behaviour and effective tools for personal development and counselling.

This course is suitable for both mental health professionals and individuals looking to further develop their self-understanding. Whether you are a psychotherapist, counsellor, helping professional, psychology student, or looking to work on your own mental health, this course will help us gain greater insight into ourselves and those around us.

What you will learn:

As well as looking at the theory, techniques and practicalities, we will explore how Transactional Analysis can be applied to a range of problems. Case studies include depression, burnout, perfectionism, addiction, and relationship issues.

The course is thoughtfully designed, featuring video lectures, downloadable resources, quizzes, practical exercises, and a comprehensive course handbook. No prior knowledge of Transactional Analysis is required as all concepts are explained from the ground up.

About Level 2

Level 2 is an introductory level qualification suitable for all. They typically do not require prior experience and will take 6-12 weeks to complete based on studying one module per week. See the course description for information specific to this course.


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Meet your instructor

Chris Worfolk

Chris is a psychologist and teacher. He holds an MSc in Psychology (Conversion) from Leeds Beckett University and is a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society.

Chris is the author of multiple books including Do More, Worry Less. He ie the founder the of mental health charity Anxiety Leeds and is co-owner of the Leeds Anxiety Clinic.

What you will achieve

Completing the course will earn you a Level 2 Award in Transactional Analysis awarded by Holbeck College and accredited by the International Association of Therapists. You will receive a digital certificate.

Employers and other educational institutions will be able to validate your qualification using our online validation tool.

Here is an example certificate from our Level 1 Counselling Concepts course.

Example certificate


This course is available via our on-demand platform. You can learn at your own pace but you will have access to your tutor if you have any questions or need additional support. Have some questions before joining the course? Reach out via the contact us page.

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