Psychoanalytic Therapy : My Primary Theory

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I choose Psychoanalytic Therapy as my primary theory. I agree with Sigmund Freud’s hypothesis on the power of the unconscious in influencing how we think, feel and behave. Our dreams are powerful tools in assisting people to recognize their internal conflicts, central struggles, wants, dreams and goals for the future. He also recognizes the power of the past and early traumatic childhood experiences in preventing people from living full, healthy well-adjusted lives. I also agree with Erickson’s psychosocial theory in that people still develop socially throughout their lives and that there are certain events that should be resolved within each stage of life. I agree with Alfred Adler as well. He believed that personality difficulties are…show more content…
I would use Adlerian therapy to counsel my clients. Unlike Freud, Adler stresses choice and responsibility, meaning of life and striving for success. He believed that human behavior was not determined solely by heredity and environment. People have the ability to interpret, influence and create events. In order to understand people, we have to understand the systems of which they are part of. Adler’s lifestyle assessment is holistic and systemic. With each client, I would try to gather as much information as I can about their attitudes and the world in which he lives from his perspective. This type of reality is described as phenomenological and includes the individual’s perceptions, thoughts, feelings, values, beliefs, convictions and conclusions. Adler believes that encouragement is the most powerful method available for changing a person’s beliefs. I like how Adler emphasizes the goals for the future. He acknowledges that the type of childhood the person experiences may influence the individual’s life but they still have the power to choose the direction of their own life.

Each theory that I have chosen is clinically binding. I would use many techniques from each of them. In person-centered therapy, Rogers believed that people are fundamentally trustworthy. They have the potential for understanding themselves and resolving their
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