Validation in DBT: Basics and Purpose


Psychē, PLLC Vanderbilt University

Key Points

  1. Validation is used to balance change strategies, teach the patient how to validate themselves, maintain the relationship, and reduce emotional dysregulation.
  2. Validation is not necessarily agreement, approval, or condoning behavior but is a stubborn refusal to treat anyone like they’re bad, crazy, or completely wrong regardless of their behavior.
  3. What is validating for one person is not necessarily the same for another.

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