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Validation and Psychotherapy

Validation and Psychotherapy

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    Linehan, M. M. (1997) Validation and psychotherapy. In A. Bohart & L. Greenber (Eds.), Empathy Reconsidered: New Directions in Psychotherapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 353-392.

    Abstract
    The validation and invalidation of therapist interventions are critical to psychotherapy. Therapeutic interventions are crucial tests of the therapist's construction of the client. Thus, understanding the process of the client's validation or invalidation of interventions is central to understanding the client's core constructs and developing a ROLE relationship with the client. A theoretical framework suggesting ways in which the therapist may experience validations is presented. This is followed by a discussion of the complexity and hence ambiguity and subjectivity of the experience of validation in psychotherapy.