GIVE Skill + Learning how to Validate

The GIVE Skill in Interpersonal Effectiveness is a great reminder of our approach and how we address people who we are asking something from or saying No to. It is hard to set boundaries and learning how to ask for our needs to be met. The give skill is a way to slow it down, focus on the things you can control ( such as your body, tone of voice and approach ) and getting what you need.

GentleBe Gentle: Be Nice and Respectful No attacks No threats No judging Notice your tone of voice  
InterestedAct Interested: Listen to the other person Don’t interrupt Be patient Make good eye contact Don’t make faces (role eyes)
*ValidateValidate: Show that you understand the other person’s feelings and the situation. “That sucks” “I am listening..” See full sheet for *Levels of Validation  
Easy MannerUse an Easy Manner: Smile Soft tone Open stance Positive body language


*Levels of Validation

1. Pay Attention: Look interested in the other person (no multitasking) Get off your phone, stop doing other things and just sit with the person who wants to talk.

2. Reflect Back: Repeat back what you heard the other person say or do, to be sure you understand exactly what the person is saying. No judgmental language or tone of voice.

3. “Read Minds”: Be sensitive to what is not being said by the other person. Pay attention to facial expressions, body language, what is happening, and what you know already about the other person. Show you understand by your words and actions. Double check you are hearing them correctly.

4. Understand: Look for context and draw from past experiences of what the person is telling you.

5. Acknowledge the Valid: Acknowledge the person’s feelings are valid. Look for the facts and support their position (you do not have to agree with it).

6. Show Equality: This is not the time to “one-up” or tell a story of worse pain and struggle.  Even telling a story that might equal the person’s emotions might take away from the moment and feel like you’re telling them to “just get over it.”

Pros and Cons of Telehealth Therapy with Bonnie Monahan Finding Middle Path Podcast

In this episode we are joined by Bonnie Monahan, LPC, PLPC to explore the various Pros and Cons that are associated with Telehealth and In-Person therapy. Depending on the type of therapy your are doing and your type of therapist there are many pros and cons. From saving money and time by doing Telehealth to wanting to just get away to a quite place outside of your home for in-person therapy. It is important to see all sides of something to help you make a decision on what works best for you. Want to learn more about how to work with Middle Path Counseling MO ? Visit us at  — Send in a voice message:
  1. Pros and Cons of Telehealth Therapy with Bonnie Monahan
  2. The Therapeutic Relationship and Alliance
  3. Interview with Emily Keehn with Timberline Knolls
  4. Kevin Hart is a DBT Resource
  5. Why Telehealth is important for Mental Health

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