What is Radically Open (RO) DBT?

RO DBT is an evidence-based treatment for people with excessive inhibitory control, also called overcontrol (OC). Self-control is usually seen as a good thing, however excessive self-control can lead to emotional loneliness, a lack of social connectedness, or isolation from others. Over-control can also lead to the development of conditions such as anorexia nervosa, treatment-resistant anxiety, chronic depression, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.

RO DBT treatment strategies aim to build psychological health by building skills in:

1. Receptivity and Openness to new experiences and disconfirming feedback, in order to learn.

2. Flexible control in order to adapt to changing environmental conditions.

3. Intimacy and Connectedness with at least one other person.

“We don’t see things as they are—we see things as we are.” -Dr. Thomas Lynch, RO DBT Treatment Developer

Are you overcontrolled?

Many of our RO DBT clients know they are OC as soon as we start exploring OC traits like being a perfectionist, finding it hard to relax, trouble connecting with others, emotionally leaking when they don’t expect it, being overly cautious, careful, and dutiful.

What kinds of issues are treated through RO DBT?

*Depression         * Anxiety         *Paranoia and Mistrust         *Rumination and Over Thinking         *Social Isolation

*Loneliness           *Restrictive Eating         *Over Exercising           *Grudges         *Bitterness           *Envy

*Poor Communication Skills         *Psychosomatic Issues           *Obsessive Thinking         *Compulsive Fixing        


While this is not an exhaustive list of the symptoms OC clients report, it contains some of most common ones. RO DBT treatment is tailored to each client’s unique issues.

Want to learn more about RO DBT and overcontrol?

Contact us to speak with an intake coordinator  or check out the RO DBT research website.

What does RO DBT treatment look like?

RO DBT Classes + RO DBT Individual Therapy one of our RO DBT therapists

RO DBT Classes + Individual Therapy with a supportive therapist

RO DBT Classes alone

RO DBT Classes

All Classes meet weekly, $65/class

30 week cycle

The 1 1/2 hour initial assessment is $250. If you have an individual therapist at CDCBT, your orientation to skills class will be folded into your individual therapy. If you have an outside therapist or have been recommended for skills training alone, you will need to attend 3-4 orientation sessions prior to joining your skills class.

Individual Therapy cost varies by clinician.

Adult Class times: Tuesday 11 am – 1 pm, Tuesday 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Wednesday 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Adolescent Class time: Thursday 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm

*New* We now offer a RO DBT Support Persons Class for those whose loved ones are enrolled in RO DBT.

Our RO DBT Team:

Lori Prado, LPC-S, CEDS
Hope Arnold, LCSW, MA
Kay C. Watt, LPC-S, CEDS-S
Molly Kosar, LCSW








Alexandra Gamboa, LPC
Zack Speer, LPC
Kimberly Knopf, LPC
Brittany Murphy, LCSW, LCDS








Tayler Weathers, LPC Associate