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Adlerian Psychology, or Individual Psychology, is a psychological approach dedicated to the understanding of persons and to the enhancement of the human experience. Created by Alfred Adler, M.D., Rudolf Dreikurs, M.D., and many others, this theory is based on the recognition of the following concepts:
Mental wellness is achieved through an alignment with the human community. Strength and purpose are realized through cooperation, mutual respect, encouragement, and contribution.
This model incorporates empathy, collaboration, education, and encouragement. It leads the individual toward liberation through an understanding of his/her lifestyle and how it both facilitates and impedes effectiveness. It leads the couple, family, and group toward relationships of social equality and mutual respect. It assists all humankind toward the realization of each person's inherent value and place in the unending process of creating a more perfect world community.
Adlerian counseling is a strength-based approach that is simultaneously Holistic, Psychodynamic, Family Systems, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Humanistic/Existential. From Adler's theories, other models have emerged that support his approach: Client-centered therapies, the Ecological Model, Feminist Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-focused Brief Therapy, Reality Therapy/Choice Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Reprocessing Therapies (i.e. EMDR and Lifespan Integration), and Strength-based/Empowerment Models.
This summary includes information gathered by Steven A. Maybell, Ph D., Wes Wingett, Ph.D., and P. Tremblay.
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