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Organized around the latest CACREP standards, <b>Counseling Theory: Guiding Reflective Practice</b>, by Richard D. Parsons and Naijian Zhang, presents theory as an essential component to both counselor identity formation and professional practice. Drawing on the contributions of current practitioners, the text uses both classical and cutting-edge theoretical models of change as lenses for processing client information and developing case conceptualizations and intervention plans. Each chapter provides a snapshot of a particular theory/approach and the major thinkers associated with each theory as well as case illustrations and guided practice exercises to help readers internalize the content presented and apply it to their own development as counselors.

Chapter 5: Individual Psychology: Alfred Adler

Individual Psychology: Alfred Adler
Individual psychology: Alfred adler
Robyn L. Trippany-SimmonsMatthew R. BuckleyKristin Meany-WalenTiffany Rush-Wilson

It has always been this way! I should not be surprised that my boss thinks I didn't deserve that promotion. My parents always thought my older sister was so much better than me. Clearly my ex-husband thought his colleague was better than me, which is why he left me for her! I just never measure up.

Michelle, the client quoted above, is demonstrating a style of life that is steeped in feelings of insecurity, possibly a result of early childhood experiences in which she was compared with her older sister. It is not likely, however, that the client's experiences are factually accurate. The client experiences her subjective understanding as truth. Until she ...

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