In DBT, acceptance strategies are added to the behavioral change strategies in CBT through validation and through accepting the client just as he or she is. We can observe that too much focus on change results in clients feeling misunderstood and that their suffering is invalid. Working with people with extreme emotional sensitivity requires careful attention to the balance between acceptance and change.
Learn and practice the six levels of validation in our online course DBT Validation Principles & Strategies.
Learn how to combine acceptance and validation strategies in a dialectical fashion in our online course Transforming Difficult Moments in Therapy.