Louise A. Ferry, PhD, LMFT, LP

Adjunct Faculty Member, Student Advisor

My role as an educator involves preparing individuals to work in the role of a helping professional. This can be something attained in many different types of employment settings. An educator at the Adler Graduate School should not only prepare therapists and professionals for a work career in the field but also introduce them to the ideas of Alfred Adler and Individual Psychology. This philosophy or viewpoint is not only an approach to use with individuals, couples, and families in professional settings but is also a philosophical viewpoint of life and so it is important to fully engage students in those principles not only in the courses that we teach but also in our presentation with others such as in community settings. My goal is to provide students with the opportunity to continue to explore how they relate to others and the importance of making connections in the world. It is necessary to also provide conversation and information regarding diversity and the various needs of not only the individuals who come to us for assistance but also in reaching as many students with diverse backgrounds and needs as possible. My role as an educator also involves addressing the ethical components that present with the helping profession.

My many years of clinical experience as a licensed psychologist and licensed marriage and family therapist allow me to teach various applications of theories and principles in this work with others. My various experiences in the field of psychology can provide additional applied knowledge that is not fully present with the various textbooks that might be used in an academic program. Knowledge of the academic ideas related to helping others is important but the experiences in the clinical world are also possibly equal in importance. In my work as a therapist and psychologist, I often provide psychoeducation and have come to realize that education is a lifelong endeavor for everyone. Realizing the various ways that patients learn through my clinical experience has provided me with the understanding of the various needs of learners and the realization that I must engage in a variety of classroom methods also in order to reach as many students as possible. I realize that in order to reach the most students, I need to take into consideration their various learning styles and diverse backgrounds and arrange my courses respectively.

My goal for students at this school is to prepare them academically and experientially for work in the field of psychology or in the role of a professional helper. Another goal is for my students to bring Adlerian principles to their work as well as to their communities. It is important that we not only engage in helping others in the office but also in the community and give back to humankind in many diverse ways. I also hope that the students who are representative of the Adler Graduate School will develop the critical thinking skills that will be of importance in their future professions.


Completion of Curriculum Design and Planning from University of South Dakota in fall, 2005; completion of Sociology and History of Adult Education and Instructional Strategies for Adult Education from University of South Dakota in December, 2007.  Completion of Continuing Education from University of South Dakota in December, 2009.

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology – Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Specialization: Clinical with a forensic emphasis. January 31, 2007.

Master of Arts in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy – Alfred Adler Graduate School, Hopkins, Minnesota, 2001.

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts for the Human Services and Music – University of Minnesota, Morris, Minnesota in 1998.

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Professional Membership: 
  • Ambassador for Capella University (January 2006 – present)
  • American Psychological Association - (2003 – present)
  • Minnesota Psychological Association – (2015 – present)
  • Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (2003 – present)
  • North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (2002 – present)
Select Presentations: 
  • Ferry, Louise A. (October, 2003). Mental Illness in the Community, Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, Benson, MN and Shepherd Hills Lutheran Church, Benson, MN.
  • Ferry, Louise A. (January, 2005). Identifying warning signs in children’s mental health, Wheaton Public School, Wheaton, MN.
  • Ferry, Louise A. (March, 2005). Identifying warning signs in children’s mental health in the school system.  Hancock Public School, Hancock, MN.
  • Ferry, Louise (October, 2009). Mental Health among the Elderly, Senior Outreach, Willmar, MN. 
  • Ferry, Louise (May, 2011). Illness Management and Recovery, Ridgewater College, Willmar, MN.
  • Ferry, Louise (February, 2012). Using Anxiety for Change, Adler Graduate School; Richfield, MN.
  • Ferry, Louise (September, 2015). Psychology in Sports, Benson Public School; Benson, MN.
  • Ferry, Louise (May, 2016). Anxiety in our World Today.  Presented at national Adlerian Conference in Bloomington, MN.
  • Ferry, Louise (September, 2016) Ethical issues in Social Work.  Presented to Swift County Human Services.
  • Ferry, Louise (October, 2016). Take Care of Yourself My Friend.  Presentation for Glacial Ridge Conference of WELCA.
  • Ferry, Louise (January, 2017). Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD in the Schools.  MELT presentation.
  • Ferry, Louise (March, 2017). Sexual Behaviors Among Children. Presented to Swift County Human Services.
Academic History (higher ed experience): 

Ridgewater College, Willmar, MN