Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Treatment for Overcontrol

Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) is an evidence-based treatment that has been supported by over 30 years of clinical research. It is specifically designed to target a range of disorders characterized by excessive self-control, commonly referred to as overcontrol (OC).

At our specialized clinics, we offer RO DBT treatment that combines individual therapy sessions and skills training classes. This comprehensive approach aims to address five key themes related to overcontrol:

  1. Inhibited and Disingenuous Emotional Expression: Individuals with OC often struggle to express their emotions genuinely and openly. RO DBT helps them learn to identify and express their emotions in a healthy and authentic way.
  2. Hyper-Detailed Focused and Overly Cautious Behavior: OC individuals tend to engage in overly meticulous and cautious behaviors. RO DBT teaches them to strike a balance between being detail-oriented and flexible in their actions.
  3. Rigid and Rule-Governed Behavior: RO DBT helps individuals with OC challenge and modify their rigid and inflexible behavioral patterns. It encourages them to embrace change and adaptability.
  4. Aloof and Distant Style of Relating: Those with OC often struggle with social connections and may come across as aloof or distant. RO DBT focuses on improving interpersonal skills and fostering meaningful relationships.
  5. High Social Comparison and Envy/Bitterness: Individuals with OC may frequently compare themselves to others and experience envy or bitterness. RO DBT helps them develop a healthier perspective on social comparison and cultivate positive emotions towards others.

In addition to providing RO DBT treatment, we also offer training for mental health professionals who want to develop Radically Open DBT services for patients with severe and difficult-to-treat mental health problems. Our in-person and online training programs equip professionals with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively implement RO DBT in their practice.

RO DBT Australia is a service of the Australian DBT Institute that supports individuals to access appropriately trained practitioners in the evidence-based approach of Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO DBT). The Australian DBT Institute also collaborates with Radically Open Ltd to educate mental health professionals in the Asia Pacific Region in RO DBT.