Areas of Expertise
Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) -
Evidence based treatment that targets disorders characterized by overcontrol:
• chronic depression,
• chronic anxiety,
• autism spectrum disorders,
• anorexia and
• personality disorders like avoidant, paranoid, and obsessive compulsive).
RO-DBT focuses on targeting biotemperment.
People with overcontrol challenges are “threat sensitive” meaning their bodies sense the negative rather than the positive first. I appreciate that RO-DBT views the person holistically, working with this biology as part of the treatment.
This model defines psychological health as having three major features:
Receptivity and Openness to new experiences and feedback.
Flexible Control in order to adapt to changing environmental conditions.
Intimacy and social connectedness- with at least one other person.
The human species depends on each other for survival.
People that engage in RO-DBT therapy focus growth in the following areas:
Genuine emotional expression
Increasing the ability to see the big picture, not getting lost in detail
Exploring and loosening of rules that may not serve you any longer
Increasing comfort with developing and maintaining close relationships
Letting go of unhelpful social comparisons, envy and bitterness
I started my RO-DBT skills with intensive training in 2014-2015 with Thomas Lynch.
I have been providing individual and group skills class since that time in a community behavioral health outpatient practice.
I have regular consultation with other clinicians that have also been trained in RO-DBT.