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RO DBT Skills Classes

RO DBT is Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy

In the last few years, emotion skills classes have evolved to more effectively target different emotion coping styles.  This exciting development in our field led me to become formally trained in Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) with the founder of the treatment model, Tom Lynch, PhD.  

Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) is a treatment targeting overcontrolled behavior that has been developed and tested in clinical trials over the last 25 years.  It has been used to treat some of the rigid responses and emotional inhibition thought to underlie many treatment-resistant conditions.

Who is the treatment for?  People who have chronic depression, treatment-resistant anxiety disorders, anorexia nervosa, avoidant, paranoid and obsessive compulsive personality disorders and autistic spectrum disorders.

What do these disorders have in common?  Self-control -- defined as inhibition of urges, impulses and desires -- is highly valued by most societies, and failures in self-control characterize many of the personal and social problems of modern civilization. However, too much self-control can be equally problematic. Overcontrol (OC) has been linked to social isolation, poor interpersonal functioning, hyper-perfectionism, rigidity, risk aversion, lack of emotional expression and the development of difficult-to-treat mental health problems such as chronic depression, anorexia nervosa and obsessive compulsive personality disorder.

RO DBT was developed by Dr. Tom Lynch, Professor Emeritus at the Psychology Department of the University of Southampton. Professor Lynch, an international expert on personality disorders, is Director of the Emotion and Personality Bio-behavioral Laboratory in the School of Psychology at the University of Southampton.  He is currently the Chief Investigator on PROJECT REFRAMED, an NHS multi-centre randomised controlled trial investigating RO-DBT for the treatment of treatment-resistant depression.  

I co-teach a 30 week RO DBT skills classes for adults with Kristi Colwell, LMHC, a well known regional mental health therapist also intensively trained in RO DBT and, as part of the US training team, an approved presenter for the one-day training to clinicians.  

Kristi and I offer continuous enrollment in our 7:30-9:30PM Tuesday evening class for adults >18 at my Bellevue office.  We also teach the class in Seattle on Wednesday evenings 7:30-9:30PM.  Interested persons may contact Kristi or me to ask questions about RO DBT or schedule an assessment intake.   Please call 425.688.7877 ext 3 or email me at lisa@lisageraud.com to speak with me.  Kristi may be reached at 206.726.6040.  

  • ADULT 30 WEEK SKILLS CLASSES            Fee:  $2380, with discounts for payments in full or by check

BELLEVUE:  Tuesday evening class dates for early 2019:  

Jan 29  -  Feb 5, 12, 26 - Mar 5, 12, 19, 26 - Apr 2, 16, 23, 30 - May 28 - Jun 11.  Summer break mid-June through August, resuming Sep 10.  

SEATTLE:  Wednesday evening class dates for early 2019:

Jan 30 - Feb 6, 13, 27 - Mar 6, 13, 20, 27 - Apr 3, 17, 24 - May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - Jun 5, 12.  Summer break mid-June through August, resuming Sep 11.  



BELLEVUE:  Wednesdays 4 to 5:30PM for adolescents ages 15-18           Monthly Monday Parent class 7-8:30PM

Next Adolescent class dates:  Feb 6, 27 - Mar 6, 13, 20, 27 - Apr 3, 17, 24 - May 1, 29 - Jun 5, 12, 19, 26 - Jul 10, 17, 24, 31 - Aug 7, 14, 21, 28 - Sep 11, 18, 25 - Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 - Nov 6, 13.  Class will break and resume in Jan 2020.

Next Parent class dates:  Feb 4 - Mar 18 - Apr 15 - Jun 3 - Jul 15 - Aug 12 - Sep 9 - Oct 21 - Nov 4.  Parent class will resume Jan 2020.






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