Olivia Gomez's Case Conceptualization: Individual Psychology

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The paper examines individual psychology also known as Adlerian theory in the case conceptualization of Olivia Gomez, a fictional character suffering from depression. The presenting problems demonstrate areas of the client’s life that require counseling and a deeper assessment into the underlying problems affecting her daily life. Most counseling theories focus merely on the person or the collective issues; Adlerian therapy does both. It contends that every person is goal-oriented and possess the ability to make healthy and responsible choices for their lives. Adler 's concepts focus on correcting errors in a person 's way of thinking caused by their drive to be sociably acceptable. Interventions are chosen that provide the client with proper coping skills to eliminate maladaptive behaviors and thinking processes as well as give the client the best outcome for improvement. It also examines the connections and contradictions that exist in Individual Psychology as it relates to Christian beliefs.
Keywords: individual psychology, goal-oriented, Christianity, techniques

Case Conceptualization: Individual Psychology Therapy The foundation of Individual Psychology is based on
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Her relationship with her family is one of convenience. Her father is her only living parent and their relationship is hostile; he is verbally abusive to her and only seems to be kind when he needs a favor. Olivia has two younger Natalie and Melody, who like their father only choose to have a relationship with her when they require a favor. Olivia has been battling with depression for quite some time; she constantly feels alone. Her only job came from her job as an Administrative Assistant; however, this changed six months ago when a new supervisor was hired who has it out for her and constantly makes Olivia feel useless and incompetent, just like her family. As a result, her depression has caused her to miss work a few times a

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