Nearly a century after Sigmund Freud published his landmark works on the human mind; counseling of many sorts has blossomed into a thriving service profession.From family counseling to a wide array of addiction counseling specialties, from basic personal counseling to group therapy, there’s a style and approach to meet every need.Instead, I’d like to share some of those Adlerian ideas and strategies that counselors can use with clients in a variety of settings.

I presented a workshop at the 2011 American Counseling Association Annual Conference in New Orleans at which I demonstrated some of the main theoretically based techniques that Adlerian counselors use with clients.

Adlerian psychology, or individual psychology as it is also known, refers to the theory that Alfred Adler developed at the turn of the 20th century.

This isn’t necessarily a true technique that one needs to rehearse or practice, like learning how to collect early recollections.

Rather, it is a philosophy about the root of the problems clients present with in counseling.

In some cases, you can turn to federal, state or county health services and family services.

These governmental agencies often provide well-written, accessible material both online and in printed books and pamphlets – material that can help you better understand the world of counseling services available to you.If you have a health plan, your health insurance provider can also often unravel the various available counseling services, and in some cases can refer you to a counselor.There are also organizations which provide both information and referral services on request.Even when accurate information is provided, it’s often misleading and incomplete.Anyone hoping to learn what counseling involves must take the initiative and educate themselves.But if you are facing some of the many profound challenges that capable, professional counselors can help with, the need to know becomes overwhelming. Are there resources you can turn to which will provide the information you need? There are many resources you can draw on for reliable information, accurate and informed help in finding your way through the maze of different forms of counseling and different counseling services.