About Us

We believe one of the greatest contributions of ALFRED ADLER was his conceiving and operationalizing a therapy aimed at the full-functioning of the individual which also aims at the betterment of humanity.

 Adler’s unified, holistic, goal-focused theory and therapy has informed, if not wholly shaped, today’s most effective psychotherapeutic approaches. Clearly, each of them offers one or more specific foci for healing. But the powerful synthesizing quality of each of these healing aspects is found reliably only within a comprehensive application of Adler’s theory and therapy.

More than 80 years after his death, we remain convinced that Adler’s solid logic and humane focus have only increased in relevance with the passage of time. The Institute exists to amplify and preserve the potent legacy of one of the most influential individuals in the therapeutic milieu of our day.

Read more below about AAIsr‘s co-founders and current board members.

Steve Hayes, MPA, Chief Administrative Officer
Steve Hayes serves the Institute as its Chief Administrative Officer. His role is geared toward helping the Institute formulate and achieve its goals by providing strategic guidance, proper governance, financial discipline and effective communication. Steve also provides oversight in matters of compliance and accreditation.

He is a certified public accountant and holds a Master’s of Professional Accounting degree (Taxation) from the University of Texas at Austin, Texas, and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. He has spent the majority of his career in the energy industry and has served in senior management of major multi-national corporations for the past 19 years.

Steve began his career in public accounting with Arthur Andersen & Co. His experience includes managing and directing international tax structuring, tax accounting and reporting, corporate governance, government relations, asset management, budgeting, internal controls, and capital structure.

Erik Mansager PhD, LCPC, Board President
Erik Mansager is a USA-licensed clinical professional counselor (Illinois) and carries national certification in drug and alcohol prevention and treatment. He has over 35 years of direct counselling and therapy experience with individuals (adolescents and adults), couples and families.

He has directed State-side residential and counselling agencies which provided a healthy and helpful range of services (Residential Director of Casa de los Ninos, Tucson, Arizona, Director of the University Counseling Center at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, and Psychological Services Director at St. John’s Seminary College, Camarillo, California). Before going into full-time practice with his spouse, he directed the Counselling Department at Collège du Léman International School in Versoix.

He has held faculty positions at the Adler University in downtown Chicago, St. John’s Seminary College, and currently at Webster University in Geneva.

Erik obtained his Bachelor degree in Humanities from St. Thomas Theological Seminary in Denver, his Master degree in Counselling from the University of Arizona. He completed his Doctorate in depth (clinical) psychology specializing in the Psychology of Religion at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

He completed the Americas Institute of Adlerian Studies’ Program for Professionals and is a certified Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapist (CADP) from the Adlerian Institute of Northwestern Washington. Erik is also certified as a CADP Training Analyst.

Erik presents at national and international venues, is a past President of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP), and he is a NASAP Diplomate of Adlerian Psychology. His numerous publications include journal articles (many of which can be accessed on this website), books and book chapters, training manuals and monographs. He has been the guest editor of The Journal of Individual Psychology for four special issues (spirituality, LGBT affirmation, social justice, and CADP) and has written extensively on the critical collaboration between psychology and spirituality.

Certified Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapist  (2012)
CADP Training Analyst  (2017)
Jane Pfefferlé MA, NCC, Board Member
Jane Pfefferlé is a graduate of the Masters in Mental Health Counselling program at Webster University, Geneva and is in private practice in the cantons of Geneva and Vaud where she works with both the English and French speaking communities. She has a specialisation in Adlerian Depth Psychotherapy from the Adlerian Institute of Northwestern Washington, USA.

Jane obtained her Bachelor degree in Arts from Melbourne University, Australia. She then studied voice and music theory at the Conservatoire of Lausanne, Switzerland and obtained a Certificat Supérieur, going on to complete a graduate diploma in music and voice with the Société Suisse de Pédagogie Musicale (SSPM). Jane has presented on the psychological aspects of the voice and continues to train and coach voice, while building her counselling practice.

Jane’s interest in Adlerian Psychology stimulated her to complete the certificate in Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapy from the Adlerian Institute of Northwestern Washington. This in-depth study and mentorship with Dr Henry Stein continues to inform and deepen her understanding of human behaviour and her clinical skills.

Jane has a strong focus on parent education. This interest in parenting issues represents her belief that prevention is vital if we are deal with the growing mental health issues that our society faces. She runs parent workshops and training sessions with adults — such as teachers and tutors — who are directly involved with children and adolescents. Her specialization in Adlerian psychology has given her the tools and understanding for working with individuals, couples, and families.  She also has training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and uses mindfulness in her practice.

Jane is a Nationally Certified Counselor (USA), a member of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP) as well as the Suisse Association for Counsellors – Schweizerischer Gesellschaft für Beratung (SGfB).

Certified Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapist (2012)
Jinger Hayes, MEd, LPC, Board Member
Jinger Hayes is a graduate of the University of Houston with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counselling. She is licensed and nationally certified in the USA and has completed further certification as a Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapist through the Alfred Adler Institute of Northwestern Washington.

Jinger’s clinical focus is on families as a whole and the individual personalities that comprise them, especially as they face issues of adjustment, crisis and transition. Her prior experience includes work with disrupted couples, victims of domestic violence, parental and sibling bereavement, divorce and expatriation, as well as depression, anxiety and adjustment issues in both children and adults. Recognizing the importance of identifying and treating at-risk youth populations, Jinger has completed additional coursework in play therapy and adolescent psychology. She works closely with several of the international schools in Canton Vaud.

Jinger is a passionate advocate for parent education, viewing it as a powerful preventive tool in the field of mental health. As such, she regularly makes time in her clinical schedule to offer experiential workshop series that promote principles of democratic family living.

Before developing her interest in therapy and pursuing her graduate degree, Jinger earned her Bachelor in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She subsequently had a successful career as an accountant and stock analyst during which she came to understand the importance of mentorship, working with recruitment staff to identify, hire and train recent college graduates as they transitioned from academic to professional life.

Certified Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapist (2019)