DBT Phone Coaching: Validation, Vulnerabilities, and Self-Disclosure


Psychē, PLLC Vanderbilt University

Key Points

  1. It’s essential to address therapy-interfering behavior related to phone coaching and establish clear boundaries regarding the therapist’s limitations with regard to providing immediate assistance.
  2. Being genuine and authentic about the therapist’s fallibility and limits is crucial in maintaining a healthy therapeutic relationship and preventing the client from feeling responsible for the therapist’s inability to offer effective solutions.
  3. The therapist actively anticipates and problem-solves potential challenges, such as the client’s reluctance to call for help, and validates the their concerns while exploring ways to minimize potential issues within the therapeutic relationship.

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