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Exploring the Crossovers Between Adlerian Psychology and Coaching: A Discussion With Linda J. Page

Coaching Uncaged
Coaching Uncaged
Exploring the Crossovers Between Adlerian Psychology and Coaching: A Discussion With Linda J. Page

In this fascinating episode of Coaching Uncaged, Animas Centre Director Robert Stephenson is joined by educational innovator, psychotherapist, coach, author and Founder of the Adler Graduate Professional School, Linda J. Page.

Robert and Linda delve into Adlerian Psychology, a psychotherapy approach based upon the work of pioneer Alfred Adler. They explore what it is, some of the historical background of the work, as well as some of the many crossovers that Adlerian psychology has with coaching – including being a systemic approach, as opposed to a mechanistic one, that looks at the relationships between things, not just the things themselves.

Linda shares the background that piqued her interest in Adlerian psychology, and the journey that led to her founding of the Adler Graduate Professional School in Ontario, Canada. Linda touches on the idea of what Adler called ‘social interest’, and the notion of believing in yourself and others as the key to health and wellbeing, drawing similarities to the practice of coaching.

Robert and Linda also explore the notion of working on the self as a coach, the benefits of reflection for both coach and client, as well as the importance of cultivating what she terms ‘appreciative curiosity’ when working with new clients.

Touching on buddhism, diversity and inclusion as well as the politicalness of coaching, Linda shares case studies, historical references, personal anecdotes and even a short poem in this deeply interesting conversation that explores the similarities and crossovers between Adlerian Psychology and coaching.

You can find out more about Linda and her work here: http://www.lindajpage.com/

We hope that you enjoy this episode!


Nick is the founder and CEO of the Animas and International Centre for Coaching Supervision. Along with his love of coaching and supervision, he is a a passionate learner with a fascination for philosophy, psychology and sociology.

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