Transactional Analysis for Depression is the first research-based, transactional analysis psychotherapy manual. Developed from the author’s research into TA therapy for depression, the book also draws upon a wide range of contemporary research findings relating to depression and its treatment. Mark Widdowson provides the reader with a solid understanding about the nature of depression and clear guidance about how to provide effective psychotherapy for depressed clients.
The book is a step-by-step guide to therapy, from the point of first contact through to ending, and covers:
The theory and practice of TA therapy
Understanding factors which maintain depression
Conceptualising depression using Transactional Analysis
Original material on the mechanisms of therapeutic change
Optimising the psychotherapy process
Key therapeutic processes in the therapy of depression
Tailoring the therapy to client needs
An introduction to neuroscience and the medical treatment of depression
Complete with an additional resources section, including downloadable material designed to be given to clients to enhance the therapeutic process and strengthen the working alliance, Transactional Analysis for Depression provides structured, practical guidance to TA theory for therapists in practice and training.
"Firmly based on research results, Mark Widdowson's book offers health professionals a clearly structured, step-by-step procedure for the effective treatment of depression. It provides a valuable practical resource for all therapists and counsellors working in this field." – Ian Stewart, Co-Director, The Berne Institute, Nottingham
Table of Contents
Introduction. Section One. The Theory and Practice of Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. Understanding Depression. Depressogenic Processes. Conceptualising Depression Using TA Theory. Basic Technique in TA Therapy. Therapeutic Processes and Change Mechanisms. Section Two. Structure of Therapy and the Initial Phase of Therapy. Key Therapeutic Processes. Section Three. A Primer on the Brain and the Neuroscience of Depression. Medical Treatment for Depression. Conclusion.
About the Author
Mark Widdowson is a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst and a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist. He is a lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy at the University of Salford and lives in Manchester, where he also has a small psychotherapy practice. .