Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT)
Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) builds upon the research and methods of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), drawing on dialectical philosophy and behaviorist principles. However, while DBT was originally created to help people who are experiencing problems controlling intense emotions and actions, RO-DBT tends to be most impactful and for clients who overcontrol their urges, emotions, and behavior. RO-DBT has been shown to be effective in treating clients with chronic depression and anxiety, eating disorders, paranoia, obsessive compulsive disorder, and other diagnoses.
If you are struggling with effective communication, being vulnerable, or tend to be perfectionistic to the point that it overwhelms you, RO-DBT may be a modality that will work for you. It will help you increase openness, flexible responding, enhance feelings of social connectedness, increase feelings of intimacy, and make room for expression of vulnerability and emotion. RO-DBT enables you to embrace what the modality terms "radical openness": the practice of actively seeking the things that may be distressing in order to learn while challenging your perceived limitations with humility, curiosity, and courage.