The affective dimension of alliance in transactional analysis psychotherapy

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Roland Johnsson
Gunvor Stenlund


The study describes an investigation of the significance of the affective dimension of the therapeutic alliance (Bordin 1979), in a psychodynamic form of transactional analysis therapy after the style of “Redecision therapy” (Goulding & Goulding, 1979). We explored the client’s pattern of affective relationships by use of CCRT (the Core Conflictual Relationship method, Luborsky & Crits-Christoph, 1990, 1998) and examined how the therapist responds to the client’s affective messages (“tests”) by use of the Plan Diagnosis method (Weiss & Sampson, 1986). We found that “emotional” aspects play a more decisive role than has been envisioned in the TA redecision method and similar approaches of TA psychotherapy that emphasise contracts, tasks of therapy and a rational approach.

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Johnsson, R., & Stenlund, G. (2010). The affective dimension of alliance in transactional analysis psychotherapy. International Journal of Transactional Analysis Research & Practice, 1(1), 45–59.