Foundational Theories

Write a three to four-page paper (excluding APA title page and reference pages) comparing Freud, Mahler, and Adler. Compare and contrast the developmental models of Freud and Mahler, and then contrast these two developmental theories with Adler’s theory. Be sure to also address the following:

  • A brief description of each theory. Which perspective appeals to you more, and why?
  • What are some ways the Adlerian approach can be applied to group counseling? What are some advantages of using a group format with this approach?
  • What concepts from these psychoanalytic approaches do you see as being potentially useful in your work as a nurse psychotherapist? Describe.
  • Why should the nurse psychotherapist understand developmental theories for application in clinical practice?

You should cite a minimum of four APA references.