What is Adlerian therapy?

What is Adlerian therapy?

Adlerian therapy is a form of psychotherapy that was developed by Austrian psychiatrist Alfred Adler (1870–1937) in the early 20th century. Adlerian therapy is based on the premise that humans are social creatures and that our behavior is shaped by our interactions with others.

Adlerian therapy emphasizes the importance of the individual’s subjective perception of the world and how their beliefs and values influence their behavior. It also takes into account the individual’s early life experiences, particularly their childhood, and how these experiences shape their beliefs and behaviors.

One of the central concepts of Adlerian therapy is that people have a need to belong and to feel significant in their relationships with others. This need drives our behavior and can lead to both positive and negative outcomes.

Adlerian therapy also emphasizes the importance of a collaborative relationship between the therapist and the client, with the therapist acting as a supportive guide rather than an authority figure. The therapist works with the client to identify and challenge their negative beliefs and behaviors and to develop more positive and adaptive ways of thinking and behaving.

Overall, Adlerian therapy is a holistic and humanistic approach to psychotherapy that focuses on the individual’s strengths and potential for growth, while also taking into account their social and cultural context.

Shervan K Shahhian

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