Stages of Adlerian Therapy


Stagesof Adlerian Therapy

Stagesof Adlerian Therapy

TheAdlerianTherapyhas four main stages that form the basis of several phases of thetherapy process. The first stage of the Adleriantherapy is the engagement. At this stage the client and the therapistagree to cooperate together in order to understand the problem athand. This stage sees a creation of an alliance between the clientand the therapist, leading to a common point of view as directed bythe therapist(Watts&amp Carlson, 2013).Atthis stage, the therapist is able to gather information about theclient by creating a warm relationship through acceptance, givinghope and empathy.

Assessmentis the second stage, where the therapist takes the history of theclient and the recollections of his or her early life. Through theassessment, the therapist`s analysis the consequences of theexperiences of the client and explores possible solutions. Thethird stage of the therapy is insight. At this stage, the therapisthelps the client to objectively perceive his or her situation. Fragerand Fadiman (2013) argue that insightis an intellectual stage where the therapist uses his knowledge andexperience to direct the client to realize the problem and thesituation behind the problem. According to According to Fragerand Fadiman (2013), thetherapist promotes self-understanding of the clients by helping themto understand their situations and also understand the world better.

Reorientationis the stage that the therapist provides with activities that he orshe should do outside the ones confined by the therapy process. Theseactivities are meant to reinforce the insight stage by helping theclient to realize the dynamics of his or her situation (Watts&amp Carlson, 2013).In addition, the reorientation stage helps clients to create someinsight for the future. These four stages are the main phases throughwhich the therapist helps the client under the AdlerianTherapy.


Frager,R., &amp Fadiman, J. (2013). Personalityand personal growth (7th ed.).Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall

Watts,R. E., &amp Carlson, J. (2013). Intervention&amp Strategies in Counseling and Psychotherapy.NewYork: Taylor&amp Francis