Commitment Strategies and Engagement in DBT


Psychē, PLLC Vanderbilt University

Key Points

  1. The therapist uses a foot-in-the-door technique by initially asking for a smaller commitment from the client then gradually asking for something bigger.
  2. Convey a dialectical stance by using phrases like “and” instead of “but” to hold contrasting ideas simultaneously.
  3. Self-disclosure is used to model skills and engage in transparent communication with the client.

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