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Classical Adlerian psychology is a values-based fully-integrated theory of personality model of psychopathology philosophy of living strategy for preventative education and technique of psychotherapy Its mission is to encourage the development of psychologically healthy and cooperative individuals couples and families in order to effectively pursue the ideals of social equality and democratic living A vigorously optimistic and inspiring approach to psychotherapy it balances the equally important needs for individual optimal development and social responsibility With a solid foundation in the original teachings and therapeutic style of Alfred Adler it integrates several powerful resources the rich contributions of Kurt Adler Lydia Sicher Alexander Mller Sophia de Vries and Anthony Bruck the self-actualization research of Abraham Maslow and the creative innovations of Henry Stein Although many other psychologies have adopted fragments of Adlers theory none has embraced his most fundamental premise the primacy of a feeling of community connectedness as an index and goal of mental health As a values-oriented psychology it is more than a collection of techniques It establishes philosophical ideals for individual and group development It does not rely on typologies but attempts to capture the absolute uniqueness of each individual Adlerian terms are clear and free of obscure complexity The goal of treatment is not merely symptom relief but the adoption of a contributing way of living It is one of the most socially responsible psychologies in a field that frequently caters to self-centeredness or uninhibited aggression Our therapeutic style is diplomatic respectful and Socratic We do not reduce psychotherapy to a by-the-numbers procedure but practice it like an art requiring creative innovation
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