Clients’ resistance often manifested in behaviors that sabotaged the effectiveness of individual therapy.These observations led to some of the core features of dialectical behavior therapy, including radical acceptance and validation of the client’s current level of emotional and behavioral functioning.This balancing of acceptance and change is important not only within individual therapeutic interactions, but within the overall treatment.While the client learns skills to improve self-acceptance, the therapist employs validation strategies, including the following: Methods of Validation In working with clients, DBT therapists are careful to avoid invalidating behaviors and responses that dismiss, reject, or criticize the client’s emotions and behaviors.As part of BPD treatment through Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), people with the psychiatric disorder are taught skills to help them learn both to feel validated and to validate others.
It’s being non-judgmental and accepting of their thoughts and emotions.
Borderline Personality Disorder is often considered one of the most difficult diagnoses with which to work.
But in my many years of experience working with individuals with BPD, I found that there are reasons behind their actions which, when understood, can help lead to empathy, acceptance, and ultimately change.
Just being present, paying complete attention to the person in a nonjudgmental way, is often the answer.
For yourself, being mindful of your own emotion is the first step to accepting your emotion.