Alfred Adler

An introduction to Adler and his work is being rewritten and will be posted soon.

Adlerian Counselling derives from the work of the Viennese psychiatrist, Alfred Adler (1870-1937), who developed many key concepts and practices that have now been absorbed into other systems. The evolving theories and practice of humanistic, cognitive and psychodynamic approaches all move close to a position adopted by Adlerian practitioners, identifying its integrative nature.

It is a depth psychology that is socially-based, practical and optmistic. A great deal of importance is placed on creating a counselling relationship that is equal, co-operative, empathic and encouraging. To facilitate insight and movement, Adlerian counsellors frequently work with early recollections, dreams and metaphor and might use creative approaches such as art therapy, psychodrama and written exercises alongside the 'talking therapy.'

Adler particularly emphasised the importance of community, and of family and teacher education, promoting a democratic approach to living, with a practical focus on encouraging children.

For further information about Adler's life & work click here

For a guide to Adlerian books click here

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Information on Adlerian Counselling courses and training in Individual Psychology in Cambridge | CPD training workshops for therapists and counsellors in the Cambridge area | Directory of qualified Adlerian counsellors in the Cambridge, Newmarket and Royston areas | Details of national and international Adlerian summer schools and residential conferences | Links to Adlerian organisations and groups