Balancing Validation and Radical Genuineness in DBT


Psychē, PLLC Vanderbilt University

Key Points

  1. Balancing validation and inquiry in therapy allows for genuine connection and validation while exploring challenging and validating hypotheses, promoting radical genuineness, and avoiding therapist-y interactions.
  2. Addressing therapy-interfering behavior involves understanding the client’s thought process and contingencies that influenced their failure to reach out for phone coaching without jumping to negative conclusions.
  3. Building a new association between distress and the thought to call, through repeated conversations and role-playing, can help the client develop the inclination to reach out for support.

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