DBT and Adlerian Therapies: A Possible Solution for Every Diagnosis

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, more commonly known as DBT is generally used for people who have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. This project explores the basis behind DBT, how this writer has seen DBT used for clients other than those diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, and how Adlerian Therapy also can be beneficial alongside DBT and with clients who have various other diagnoses. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Adlerian Therapy have some similar principles from which all people could possibly benefit. Research that this writer found gives examples of how Dialectical Behavioral therapy could utilized among different populations. Mostly, researchers found that DBT is beneficial for eating disorder patients. Adlerian Therapy is beneficial for most any population. Unfortunately, this writer was not able to find evidence that supported the theory that DBT and Adlerian could work together. However, this writer strongly believes that the two do work well together.

Larissa Gieseke
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