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What Is Validation in Therapy & Why Is It Important?

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Validation within therapy encourages and supports the understanding and acceptance of the client’s experiences, both verbally and nonverbally.

It signifies that clients are heard and that their behavior is understandable (even if not appropriate) in their given context (Kocabas & Üstündağ‐Budak, 2017).Validation is part of the process that establishes the truth or validity of what is said in therapy (American Psychological Association, 2020).Types of validation in therapy sessions vary, yet they typically include the following (Rather & Miller, 2015; Dietz, n.d.; Kocabas & Üstündağ‐Budak, 2017): The process of validation underpins that alliance during treatment.

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