Adlerian Therapy

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An Existentialist Pretending to be an Adlerian
While I believe Adlerian therapy is the best practice for me working with clients, existentialism has played a primary role in my personal development over the past ten years. The concept that “The existentialist does not view death negatively but holds that awareness of death as a basic human condition gives significance to living” became crystal clear to me in 2006 (Corey, 2017, p 145). Following nearly a year of exponentially increasing pain, I was emergently admitted to the Neurological Intensive Care Unit (Neuro-ICU) at Barrow’s Neurological Institute, having been diagnosed with a tumor the size of a tangerine in my cerebellum. The benign hemangioblastoma was too large to be removed and
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I refused to allow myself to wallow and be discouraged and I forced that attitude upon everyone around me. With months of intensive physical rehabilitation, I relearned to walk independently. Now I am able to backpack in mountainous wilderness areas and send complex climbing routes. Through my own tenacity and perseverance, I regained the balance, strength, and stamina to slalom ski on a placid lake with the grace of a ballerina. Emotional regulation and stability returned following exhausting neurofeedback therapy. As recently as 2010, reading and understanding anything more complex than a simple recipe was a lofty goal. Today I devour graduate level …show more content…
As I have entered this transitional phase in my life from parenting to empty-nesting, I have been working with a therapist who is functioning in the capacity of “life-coach.” My strategy for coping with the stress of employment as a therapist is to continue to work with her. We have an excellent therapeutic relationship. Her 25 years of experience and flexibility make her an excellent candidate for both a therapist and mentor. Bibliotherapy is one of my favorite ways to spend time. I am looking forward to understanding the Wheel of Wellness as presented in Adlerian Counseling: A Practitioner’s Approach (Sweeney, 1998, p. 48). If extreme conditions arise, I will reconsider those approaches. If I survive a serious car accident and am having flashbacks, I will doubtless work with someone who practices EMDR. If I discover I am terminally ill, I would prefer to work with an existentialist. Only time will

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