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Holding Hope: Validating By Cheerleading

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One of the most important levels of validation in Dialectical Behavior Therapy is cheerleading. Cheerleading involves holding and encouraging hope.

Hope is what keeps people going forward when difficult emotions and harsh experiences slam them against the ground–hope for a better life,

4 thoughts on “Holding Hope: Validating By Cheerleading

  • April 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Well that describes me perfectly. I’ve had therapy for 15 years and read masses of mental health ‘stuff’ and I have never come across such an accurate portrayal of my existence. Glad to see someone understands, I’m not like the other patients in my service. Thank you!

  • October 27, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I don’t appreciate that in the emotionally sensitive section, there is always the assumption that the subject or the reader is female. I am a man who deals with this and every time I see “she”, I think about how my personality must be feminine and it brings me down. Please fix this somehow. Thanks

    • October 27, 2012 at 10:47 am

      You are right that many men are emotionally sensitive. I see your point and will think about possible solutions. Thanks for pointing this out.


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