Applying Adlerian Therapy with Clients who Seek Reconciliation with Absent Others

Psychotherapists are often sought by clients regarding the breakdown of intimate relationships, wanting to improve their situation. However, the success rate of therapists to reconcile fractured relationships is well below what clients and therapists would like. Because traditionally therapy has focused on the psychological health of the individual client, restructuring severed relationships has been secondary at best. To help in the repair of relationships, Adlerian principles offer powerful options. This paper will present who the candidates are that seek relational reconciliation, what benefits the client can experience by working toward reconciliation, what practices by therapists hinder relational reconciliation, and what practices help reconciliation.

Tim Scott Herzog
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