What is RO-DBT?

RO-DBT is a new form of DBT developed for problems with emotional overcontrol. Dr. LoTempio has been intensively-trained in RO-DBT by the treatment developer, Dr. Thomas Lynch.

Who could benefit from RO-DBT?

RO-DBT is a good fit for individuals who struggle with social connectedness. “Overcontrol” (OC)
individuals tend to experience intense emotion, but have difficulty recognizing the emotion, instead they typically respond with structure, control, social withdrawal, rigidity, and/or perfectionism.

OC individuals may identify as being:

  • Cautious
  • Careful
  • Shy
  • Able to delay gratification
  • Restrained or reserved
  • Conscientious
  • Disciplined
  • Structured
  • Withdrawn
  • Perfectionist

RO-DBT has been shown to help people with:

  • Treatment-Resistant or Chronic Depression
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)

Treatment Approach

  • RO-DBT is a skills-based program. Skills taught are aimed specifically at increasing flexibility, openness, and social connectedness.
  • The skills curriculum is approximately 7 months and includes mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal, and radical openness skills.
  • Like standard DBT, RO-DBT is supportive and collaborative, present-focused, behavioral, and time-limited.
  • RO-DBT requires doing much of the work outside of therapy, in between sessions, and being willing to experiment with new behaviors.

Comprehensive RO-DBT includes 3 components:

  1. Individual therapy - usually weekly, at least at the beginning

  2. Skills training class or individual skills training

  3. Skills coaching - RO-DBT therapists are available to help clients use skills in their lives. I am available 24/7 for my clients to provide in-the-moment coaching to help you generalize the skills you are learning as you face challenges in between our sessions.

For more information about RO-DBT, click here.