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ISSN : 2233-6710(Print)
ISSN : 2384-2121(Online)
Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling Vol.10 No.1 pp.1-14

Migration Trauma and the Script-Based Self: Transactional Analysis with Nepali-Bhutanese Refugees

Shreya Vaishnav1, Jacob S. Blackstock1
1 University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Corresponding Author
Shreya Vaishnav, Department of Counseling and Educational Development, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Curry Building, Room 224, 1109 Spring Garden St. Greensboro, NC 27412, Greensboro, NC 27403


This article highlights the importance of incorporating Transactional Analysis (TA; Berne, 1961) as a counseling intervention into the clinical work with Bhutanese-Nepali refugees. The authors of this article explored the existing literature on the experience of transitioning to a new country and the mental health challenges experienced by Bhutanese-Nepali refugees during their transition. An overview of the effectiveness of TA is provided using a theoretical case vignette with an 18-year-old Bhutanese-Nepali male. The vignette demonstrates conceptualization through ego state contamination and counseling intervention through co-creative TA. The article concludes with limitations, directions for future research, and implications.