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Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy


What is RO DBT?

Radically Open (RO) DBT is a treatment for people who have tendencies to overly control their lives. In order to feel safe and avoid vulnerability, overly controlled (OC) people hard work, self- sacrifice, avoid risk, follow rules and delay gratification. OC People tend be have very high expectations of themselves and others, tend to have a strong sense of wrong and right, and tend to have a high need for order and structure in a way that interferes with happiness, spontaneity, relaxation and relationships.  OC people may feel like they are doing all the right things in their lives, and yet they are frustrated and confused that they still feel emotionally lonely, and they long for deeper connection in relationship.

RO DBT teaches us to be more flexible in our responses to life, question our actions and reactions through self- enquiry and enhance emotional vulnerability to create more intimate bonds with others.  Following RO tenants helps to create “a life worth sharing” by enhancing intimacy and vulnerability.  We learn the importance of social signaling, being vulnerable with others, increasing flexible responses and sharing needs to connect authentically with others.  Most common RO DBT tools and building blocks for the treatment are self-enquiry, diary cards, behavior chains, and learning the RO Skills. 

Radically Open Diabolical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) Therapy sessions with Wholeheart Psychotherapy in Atlanta

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RO DBT Group Therapy

Are You A Perfectionist?

Do You Have Trouble Connecting With Others?

Has It Been Said That You Can Be Controlling?


Flexibility to life changes

Sharing & communicating authentic emotions

Building social connectedness

Opening up to feedback / Praise from others

Clients Struggling With:

Chronic Anxiety

Chronic Depression

Avoiding New Experiences

Highly Perfectionistic Tendencies

Sensitivity To Threat

Rigidity & Over Reliance On Rules

Relinquishing Control

Imploding On Self Rather Than Explode On Others

RO DBT Helps:

Anorexia Nervosa

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Cluster C Personality Disorder

Avoidant Personality Disorder

Treatment-Resistant Depression & Anxiety

RO DBT Classes Are Available

RO-DBT skills training groups are designed to help clients learn the RO-DBT skills in an educational supportive setting. It is a 24-week commitment.

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