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  • Writer's pictureColorado Coherence Collective

Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy

RO-DBT is a new form of DBT designed for individuals who cope with stress by exerting excessive self-control or overcontrol (OC). While self-control can sometimes be helpful, excessive self-control can result in a variety of distressing experiences:

  • Social isolation and loneliness

  • Hyperperfectionism and hypervigilance

  • Rigidity, inflexibility, and risk aversion

  • Extreme inhibition of urges, impulses, and desires

  • Excessive delay of reward and gratification

  • Lack of emotional expression and flat affect

  • Inauthentic socialization or lack of access to sense of belonging

  • Cynicism, bitterness, resignation, and depression

  • Burnout, dis-stress, dis-ease, dis-ability, and dys-regulation

  • Development of difficult-to-treat mental health concerns

 

“For OC clients, their greatest strength is their greatest weakness. Too much self-control depletes the very resources needed to override habitual self-control when doing so would be adaptive.” - Dr. Thomas Lynch, RO-DBT Treatment Developer

 

RO-DBT focuses on 4 main areas of mental wellness that comprise Radical Openness:

  1. Openness: openness to change and a commitment to reframing unwanted or distressing bodily sensations, emotions, or thoughts as opportunities for growth and learning.

  2. Flexibility: adaptability to changing environmental conditions and demands

  3. Social connectedness: access to authentic social connection and belonging

  4. Emotional awareness and expression: ability to effectively identify and authentically communicate emotions

Core philosophical principles of RO-DBT include:

  • Radical Openness: Openness to change and a commitment to reframing unwanted or distressing bodily sensations, emotions, or thoughts as opportunities for growth and learning.

  • Social Signaling: Activating our bodily social safety system in order to unmask and authentically engage in expressive and receptive social communication with others.

  • Self-Enquiry: Mindful self-reflection to generate curiosity about disempowering aspects of our core beliefs, values, and perceptions of the world. Accomplished by delaying the urge to immediately regulate or cope in order to face the discomfort and ask “what might I need to learn from this?”

  • Dialectical Thinking: The ability to hold two seemingly opposing beliefs in your mind simultaneously, helps us think flexibly to manage cognitive dissonance and bodily tension.

    • ie: I am a strong and resilient person AND sometimes I am vulnerable and in need of support

    • Ie: I want to change AND I feel uncertain about changing

Contact us today to schedule a free 20 minute initial consultation.


Read more about Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy at radicallyopen.net




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