About RO DBT

  • Do you feel like you have to do things properly or right?
  • Are you a perfectionist?
  • Have you learned to mask, suppress or control vulnerable feelings?
  • Do you plan ahead?
  • Are you able to delay gratification and suppress an impulse?
  • Do you pride yourself on your self-control and yet at times feel overwhelmed and under-appreciated?
  • Is it hard for you to enjoy or even take downtime or to break one of your own rules?
  • Do you sometimes feel all alone, even surrounded by people?

Radically Open DBT is a trans-diagnostic treatment developed by Dr. Thomas Lynch, Ph.D that is informed by over 20 years of clinical and experimental research.  It is a talking therapy that involves weekly individual and group (class) sessions. The duration of the therapy is typically 30 weeks, and involves a 1 hour weekly individual session and a 2 hour weekly class.

Who is RO DBT For?

​RO DBT is for any individual that suffers from excessive self-control – or too much of a good thing.  This could show itself as a diagnosable mental illness (see below), or it could show up as trouble in relationships, and/or as a feeling of being stuck, boxed in by one’s habits and not open to new experiences or perspectives.  RO DBT has been shown to be effective treatment for:

  • ​​Chronic Depression
  • Treatment Resistant Anxiety Disorders
  • Anorexia Nervosa and/or Exercise Addiction
  • Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder and OCD
  • Avoidant, Paranoid and Dependent Personality Disorders
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders

To learn more about the treatment, and read about the extensive research that has and is being conducted worldwide on the benefits of RO DBT, please visit www.radicallyopen.net and www.rodbtnorthwest.com

Radically Open DBT versus Standard DBT

The Behavior Therapist's RO DBT special issue

Psychology Research and Behavior Management article on RO DBT