Balanced Confrontation is a concept utilized in both conflict resolution and addictions treatment. Historically, confrontation of denial has been important in treatment, particularly in residential treatment programs. However, confrontation has also been criticized as counterproductive. Some research has even found that confrontation from treatment professionals is correlated with poor outcome.
This type of confrontation is used to avoid as much harm as possible. It is a type of discussion in which the counsel or therapist take into account several factors prior to offering potentially confrontational input, including the timing, whether it will be perceived as helpful, sensitivity to extenuating circumstances, and established relational factors.