Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Radically-open dialectical behavior therapy (RO DBT) is a type of therapy that treats disorders of overcontrol, where people exhibit a level of self-control that interferes with their ability to function effectively, connect with others, and be flexible when needed.

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I am intensively trained in RO-DBT, lead weekly skills classes, and provide adherent RO-DBT individual therapy. RO is geared towards over-controlled people who find their perfectionism to be maladaptive at times, to feel overwhelmed, emotionally lonely, burnt out, find their rigid, black-and-white, or overly rule-governed thinking and behavior to be getting in the way of your relationships or overall well-being.

— Sarah Nehdi, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
 

RO-DBT treats disorders of overcontrol like anorexia, OCD, and chronic depression. It combines DBT with cultivating openness and flexibility. The core idea is that these disorders stem from invalidating childhoods that led to rigid coping strategies of emotional suppression. Overcontrol becomes maladaptive in adulthood, causing isolation and detachment. RO-DBT focuses on learning openness as an antidote - being receptive to new experiences, willing to share thoughts/feelings, and perspectives

— IAN BARKER, Counselor in Tampa, FL

I am level 3 trained in Radically Open DBT. RO DBT is a great treatment to help clients learn flexibility, openness, social connection and to reduce emotional restraint, cognitive rigidity and behavioral control.

— Valerie Akins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Plano, TX
 

Radically Open is an evidence based model (aka, the kind you can really trust) that treats OVERCONTROL. What the hell is that? Glad you asked. Overcontrol takes your anxiety and depression symptoms and makes them chronic and treatment-resistant. And then adds a whopping side dish of perfectionism. Simply, over control is a term for people who have so much self control they can suppress their emotion, out work most everyone, and end up victim to their own perfectionism.

— Emilea Richardson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Charleston, SC

Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RO DBT) is an empirically based therapy that effectively treats people with emotional loneliness. I offer individual RO DBT and RO Skills Classes, where participants learn skills help increase openness to new experiences, flexibility in an ever changing environment, and social connectedness. RO DBT also informs the work that I do as an art therapist.

— Maggie Ritnour, Therapist in Brooklyn, NY
 

As a DBT trained therapist, I have encountered some limitations of the treatment and have educated myself on better treatment approaches, which is why I have been trained on and have been using Radically Open DBT in my practice. This RO DBT focuses on being flexible and adaptive to new or challenging circumstances, being open to new experiences, and focusing on being social connections and intimacy. Helping you feel more open and connected to others can be a powerful healing force in your life.

— Vienna Aslanian, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Prescott Valley, AZ

I am a qualified RO-DBT Practitioner and have completed all three levels of RO-DBT through the Radically Open Institute. I facilitate a skills class for parents and adults to assist clients in increasing flexibility, openness, and connectedness.

— Apiffany Gaither, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Huntersville, NC
 

I am a qualified RO-DBT Practitioner and have completed all three levels of RO-DBT through the Radically Open Institute. I facilitate a skills class for parents and adults to assist clients in increasing flexibility, openness, and connectedness. I utilize this treatment for clients with restrictive eating disorders, OCD, anxiety, and depression.

— Apiffany Gaither, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Huntersville, NC

I am level-II trained in Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy blended learning program.

— Lisa Thomas, Art Therapist in Norfolk, VA
 

RODBT Level 2 Training (2023-24) RODBT Level 1 Training (2022)

— J. Jade Adair, Licensed Clinical Social Worker