Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO DBT)

RO DBT, a treatment for Maladaptive Overcontrol Chronic DepressionAutism Spectrum DisordersMaladaptive PerfectionismTreatment Resistant AnxietyAnorexia NervosaObsessive Compulsive PD

Through our Essentia Health Clinics and DBT Clinics in Melbourne, Sydney, the Gold Coast and Online we provide a comprehensive RO DBT approach that includes RO DBT Skills Classes and Individual Therapy. Our therapists are also part of a consultation team and receive mentoring and support to continually expand their RO DBT approach and skill set!

RO DBT Skills Class

Our RO DBT Skills Classes are run over 30 weekly sessions through our platform DBT Assist. We provide RO DBT Skills Classes in-person (Melb & GC) and online.

Individual Therapy

Our individual therapists are Level 3 RO DBT Practitioners who have been intensively training through a collaboration between Radically Open Ltd and the Australian DBT Institute.

Mental Health Professionals

Each year the Australian DBT Institute hosts Dr. Sophie Rushbrook from Radically Open Ltd to train and develop mental health professionals in Radically Open DBT!

Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO DBT)

RO DBT's Key Features BenefitsFeatures

Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO DBT) is a specialised therapeutic approach designed to help individuals with overcontrol tendencies develop greater emotional openness, flexibility, and social connectedness for improved well-being and mental health. RO DBT is a structured treatment protocol, as detailed in Lynch's manuals (2018a; 2018b), and its efficacy, acceptability, and feasibility are firmly grounded in extensive clinical translational research spanning over 25 years. This substantial body of evidence underscores the therapeutic value of RO DBT for individuals grappling with these challenging and chronic conditions.

Treatment Approach

RO DBT has been specifically developed to assist individuals who struggle with persistent issues such as treatment-resistant depression, anorexia nervosa, autism spectrum disorders, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.

Research Basis

Studies have consistently demonstrated the effectiveness of RO DBT in helping individuals with these conditions achieve improved emotional regulation, enhanced interpersonal functioning, and greater overall well-being.

Targeting Overcontrol

Individuals who exhibit overcontrol tendencies typically have a strong inclination to control their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors to a degree that it becomes maladaptive or detrimental to their overall well-being and functioning.

Social Connectedness

Promoting the development of meaningful and fulfilling social connections. RO DBT emphasises the importance of social bonds and teaches individuals with overcontrol tendencies how to engage in more open and authentic interpersonal interactions.

Flexibility & Adaptability

Helping individuals develop greater flexibility in their thinking and behavior. This target involves challenging rigid patterns of thought and encouraging individuals to be more open to new experiences, ideas, and ways of doing things.

Targeting OC Coping

A treatment priority in RO DBT is identifying and reducing maladaptive coping strategies associated with overcontrol, such as avoidance, perfectionism, and rigid problem-solving. RO DBT helps clients replace these strategies with more adaptive ones.