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Client profile in an Adlerian Approach

Abby, a 57 year old, African American, Baptist woman who has been struggling with her
husbands' diagnosis of cancer. She has been crying a lot, getting migraine headaches, sleeping and eating less. Abby seems to be blaming herself for her husband's cancer due to an outsource saying how certain foods and ways of cooking may cause cancer. She says she does not cook in the healthiest manner. However, Abby states she has always had feelings of hopelessness and doubt. From a psychodynamic perspective and Adlerian approach, I would explore her family of origin history and make connections with her current struggles and emotions. I will discuss using an Adlerian approach in counseling Abby.

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Abby has a great deal of guilt for her husband's illness. She also has a history of feeling uneasy. There are cultural, gender and age issues that need to be addressed in working with Abby. As Dr.Rodney Ford (2006) states "to acknowledge the effects ...

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Abby, a 57 year old, African American, Baptist woman who has been struggling with her
husbands? diagnosis of cancer. She has been crying a lot, getting migraine headaches, sleeping and eating less. Abby seems to be blaming herself for her husband?s cancer due to an outsource saying how certain foods and ways of cooking may cause cancer. She says she does not cook in the healthiest manner. However, Abby states she has always had feelings of hopelessness and doubt. From a psychodynamic perspective and Adlerian approach, I would explore her family of origin history and make connections with her current struggles and emotions. I will discuss using an Adlerian approach in counseling Abby.

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