Understanding Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT)


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).

What is RO DBT?

RO DBT is a specialized form of therapy that combines individual treatment sessions and skills training classes. It focuses on addressing five key themes related to overcontrol:

  1. Inhibited and disingenuous emotional expression
  2. Hyper-detailed focused and overly cautious behavior
  3. Rigid and rule-governed behavior
  4. Aloof and distant style of relating
  5. High social comparison and envy/bitterness

How does RO DBT work?

RO DBT works by targeting the underlying issues associated with overcontrol. It aims to help individuals develop more flexible and adaptive behaviors, improve social connectedness, and enhance emotional well-being.

The treatment involves a combination of individual therapy sessions and skills training classes. In individual therapy, the therapist helps the individual identify and understand their overcontrolled behaviors and emotions. They also work on developing new strategies for managing these behaviors and emotions more effectively.

The skills training classes focus on teaching individuals specific skills that can help them regulate their emotions, improve their communication skills, and enhance their ability to form and maintain relationships.

Who can benefit from RO DBT?

RO DBT is particularly beneficial for individuals who struggle with disorders characterized by excessive self-control, such as chronic depression, treatment-resistant anxiety, anorexia nervosa, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and autism spectrum disorders.

Training for Mental Health Professionals

In addition to providing treatment to individuals, our specialized clinics also offer in-person and online training for mental health professionals who are interested in developing their skills in providing Radically Open DBT services. This training equips professionals with the knowledge and tools necessary to effectively treat patients with severe and difficult-to-treat mental health problems.


Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) is an evidence-based treatment that targets overcontrol and has been proven effective in treating a range of mental health disorders. Whether you are seeking treatment for yourself or looking to enhance your skills as a mental health professional, RO DBT offers a holistic approach that can help individuals develop more adaptive behaviors, improve emotional well-being, and enhance social connectedness.

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.