Adlerian Therapy is a growth model. It stresses a positive view of human nature and that we are in control of our own fate and not a victim of it. We start at an early age in creating our own unique style of life and that style stays relatively constant through the remainder of our life. That we are motivated by our setting of goals, how we deal with the tasks we face in life, and our social interest.
The therapist will gather as much family history as they can. They will use this data to help set goals for the client and to get an idea of the clients' past performance. This will help make certain the goal is not too low or high, and that the client has the means to reach it.
The goal of Adlerian Therapy is to challenge and encourage the clients' premises and goals, to encourage goals that are useful socially and to help them feel equal. These goals may be from any component of life including, parenting skills, marital skills, ending substance abuse, and most anything else.
The therapist will focus on and examine the clients' lifestyle and the therapist will try to form a mutual respect and trust for each other. They will then mutually set goals and the therapist will provided encouragement and make suggestions on how the client can reach these goals.