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Adlerian is an umbrella term that encompasses a diversity of approaches to psychology and psychotherapy generally related to the ideas of Alfred Adler.


Main Branches

Classical Adlerian

See the main article Classical Adlerian psychology

Classical Adlerian psychology is based on Adler's original teachings and style of psychotherapy. It features a twelve-stage depth psychotherapy model that targets the dissolving of the style of life and fictional final goal, paving the emergence of the self/other/task actualization described by Abraham Maslow. The therapeutic technique is creative and Socratic.


The Dreikursian approach is based on the theoretical and therapeutic variations developed by Rudolf Dreikurs. It features a simplified, four-stage counseling model of limited life style change. The counseling technique is more systematic and didactic. Dreikurs' teachings form the basis for many parent education programs.


The Neo-Adlerian approach reflects an attempt to mix Adlerian principles with those of Cognitive Therapy, Reality Therapy, Object-Relations, Positive psychology, Solution-Oriented Therapy, and other popular psychologies.


The Psychoanalytic-Adlerian approach, currently prominent in Germany, represents an attempt to merge Freudian and Adlerian theory and practice, apparently to qualify for insurance reimbursement.[citation needed]

Notable twentieth-century Adlerians

  • Alexandra Adler (USA) -deceased-
  • Kurt Adler (USA) -deceased-
  • Heinz Ansbacher (USA) -deceased-
  • Rowena Ansbacher (USA) -deceased-
  • Robert Armstrong (Canada)
  • Lilian Beattie (UK)
  • Willard Beecher (USA) -deceased-
  • James Bitter (USA)
  • Phyllis Bottome (UK) -deceased-
  • Jon Carlson (USA)
  • Oscar Christensen (USA)
  • Raymond Corsini (USA)
  • James Croake (USA)
  • Don Dinkmeyer (Sr.) (USA) -deceased-
  • Don Dinkmeyer (Jr.) (USA)
  • Eva Dreikurs-Ferguson (USA)
  • Rudolf Dreikurs (USA) -deceased-
  • Albert Ellis (USA) -deceased-
  • Leo Gold (USA)
  • Jane Griffith (USA)
  • Horst Groner (Germany)
  • Clair Hawes (Canada)
  • Bernhard Handlbauer (Austria)
  • James Hemming (UK)
  • Roy Kern (USA)
  • Nira Kfir (Israel)
  • Russell King (Canada)
  • Kevin Leman (USA)
  • Richard R. Kopp (USA)
  • Guy Manaster (USA)
  • Eric Mansager (USA)
  • Anthea Millar (UK)
  • Harold Mosak (USA)
  • Edna Nash (Canada)
  • Ursula Oberst (Spain)
  • Hertha Orgler (UK) -deceased-
  • Linda Page (Canada)
  • Robert Powers (USA)
  • Paola Prina (UK)
  • Paul Rom (UK) -deceased-
  • Theo Schoenaker (Germany)
  • Christopher Shelley (Canada)
  • Rachael Shifron (Israel)
  • Bernard Shulman (USA)
  • Lydia Sicher (USA) -deceased-
  • Steve Slavik(Canada)
  • Ugo Sodini (Italy)
  • Len Sperry (USA)
  • Annamaria Teglia Sodini (Italy)
  • Manford Sonstegard (UK)
  • Henry Stein (USA)
  • Mark Stone (USA)
  • Rita Udall (UK) -deceased-
  • Sophia de Vries (USA) -deceased-
  • Francis Walton (USA)
  • Richard Watts (USA)
  • Lewis Way (UK) -deceased-
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