Is RO DBT Right for You?
Do any of these resonate for you?
Do you find yourself to be a bit of a perfectionist? Do you sometimes struggle with black and white thinking? Do you often feel like the “outsider”? Do you find it hard to “unplug” from your to-do list? Do you find yourself constantly researching the “best option” and optimizing your life?
What is RO DBT?
RO DBT was created by Dr. Thomas Lynch, and it is a type of breakthrough therapy designed to treat clients with over-control disorders like chronic depression, anorexia nervosa, and obsessive compulsive disorder (also known as OCD).
What does RO DBT look like?
Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy concentrates on three specific areas to help improve the quality of life for overcontrolled individuals. Dr. Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher describes these treatment interventions below:
- Receptivity and Openness —
The goal is to become more receptive to feedback. Feedback and constructive criticism can be brutal for perfectionists to acknowledge. Those with a high sense of control can also be highly sensitive to disapproval and often find feedback to be quite threatening. Yet, we cannot learn and grow unless we are open to feedback. Also, most people do not like those they perceive as close-minded or as “know it all’s.”
- Flexibility —
Flexibility is key to living a full life. Life itself requires adaptability because our behavior in one situation might not be appropriate in another case; we simply can’t control everything — and trying to do so will inevitably lead to internal strife.
- Intimacy and Connectedness —
RO DBT teaches emotional recognition and emotional expression. These are often difficult for those who are overcontrolled. These skills help us facilitate connection and support healthy and rewarding relationships
Click the link for a RO DBT fact sheet from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
It’s hard-going but a worthwhile commitment. I’ve had many years of psychiatrists twiddling with medication regimends that have either been unhelpful, disastrous, or pointless from my perspective. This [RO DBT] has been in depth and purposeful in helping to understand myself much better and equip me with skills to challenge myself and my thinking.