Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) is new evidence-based treatment for individuals with emotional overcontrol. We tend to think of self-control as a good thing, but there are times when we might have too much of a good thing! Behaviorally, overcontrolled individuals tend to have rigid responses and tend to be emotionally inhibited (so much more rational/logical than emotional; sometimes not very emotionally open or expressive). RO DBT works to build three components of emotional well-being: openness, flexibility, and social connection.
RO DBT works best for people who have a personality style of excessive self-control.
Common characteristics include:
Diagnostically, many individuals with overcontrol struggle with anorexia nervosa, chronic depression, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, and treatment resistant anxiety (including social anxiety).
The full treatment is designed to last 30 weeks and includes both weekly individual therapy and a weekly skills class. I am accepting referrals for both of these modalities, either separately or combined.
I plan to begin an RO DBT skills class in the Fall of 2019. For individuals who are unable to make the skills class, I am happy to offer the skills training on an individual basis. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in more information about this approach.