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Adlerian Counsellors: Lifestyle Assessment

How do Adlerian counsellors use clients' early recollections as part of the lifestyle assessment?

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Let's take a closer look at Adlerian counselling, and such concepts of early recollections and lifestyle assessment, supplemented with a detailed chapter on Adlerian therapy. I attached the chapter for easy referencing throughout the following response.

1. How do Adlerian counsellors use clients' early recollections as part of the lifestyle assessment?

Client's early recollections are used to derive at the faulty beliefs that often lead to feelings of inferiority and maladaptive behavior patterns and/or lifestyles. Classical Adlerian depth psychotherapy liberates the individual from the limits of an archaic style of life and fictional final goal, thus changing the core personality. Early childhood recollections are used to form a hypothesis of the life style of the client. However, the information is also used to interpret the private logic of the client and used through out the therapy process.

For example, after building trust with the client (Stage 1, p. 11 of attached chapter), the therapist gathers relevant information (Stage 2, see p. 11 of attached chapter): the presenting problem and its history, the client's level of functioning in the three life tasks, information about the client's early recollections e.g. family of origin, early memories, and dreams. Religious and cultural influences may also have significance. When appropriate, ...

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