“the Strengths and Weakness of Adlerian Therapy

Topics: Psychology, Sociology, Cognition, Mind, Emotion, Perception / Pages: 4 (805 words) / Published: Nov 4th, 2012
The strengths and weakness of Adlerian Therapy
Shane Wilson
Rio Salado Collage

Adlerian Therapy, which is based on the theory’s of Alfred Adler, points to the essence of normality as having a feeling of concern for others and places emphasis on social interests, the family dynamic, and ones influence based on early memories in life. Adler also placed emphasis on the order of one’s birth within the family such as whether one was the first, second, last, or only child born. His approach was centered on such subjects as lifestyle, beliefs and fictions, psychological environment and a person’s approach toward there striving for completeness and wholeness.

With the goals of Adlerian counseling revolving around helping people develop healthy holistic life styles, it can be looked at as being a very versatile. Particularly when kept in mind that with any approach; the ideal result is for the client to be living a healthy well rounded and complete life. This is what the Adlerian method aims for. A noticeable strength of Adlerian therapy is that many of it concepts can be applied toward different cultural groups. This includes the concept of encouragement as it is expressed between the counselor and the client which is appropriate with Hispanic and Asian groups who traditionally emphasize collaboration. Additionally, the concept of sibling rivalry that is highlighted with traditional European North Americans who stress competition as a way of getting ahead.

Adlerian Therapy can be a useful for treatment of specific disorders many of which are found within the The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) which is the standard classification of mental disorders, and used by mental health professionals. These include, but are not limited to, conduct and antisocial disorders, anxiety related disorders, as well as personality disorders. Adlerian counseling can also be looked at as a contributing approach along with other helping theories. Many of

References: Gladding, Samuel T. (2005) Counseling Theories: Essential Concepts and Applications, New Jersey, Merrill Prentice Hall

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