RO DBT 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 6:00-8:00PM Tuesday evening class for adults >18 at my Bellevue office. Currently, we are teaching this class online through HIPAA-compliant Zoom. 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 [email protected] to speak with me. Kristi may be reached at 206.726.6040 or by email at [email protected].

I offer a continuous enrollment adolescent RO DBT skills class with a separate monthly class overview for parents at my Bellevue office. This class is currently meeting online via HIPAA-compliant Zoom. Class size is limited to 7. Please contact me for additional information or for an assessment of coping style for your 14-18 year old adolescent.

Lisa and Kristi's ADULT 30 WEEK SKILLS CLASS Fee: $2380, with discounts for payments in full or by check

Upcoming Tuesday evening class dates:

Sep 29 Oct 6, 20, 27 Nov 3, 10, 17 Dec 1, 8, 15 Jan 5, 12, 19, 26 Feb 2, 9, 16, 23 Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Apr 6, 13, 20, 27

Lisa's ADOLESCENT 24 WEEK SKILLS CLASS WITH PARENT COMPONENT Fee: $2250 for 24 weeks of adolescent class and 6 parent overview classes.

BELLEVUE: Wednesdays 4 to 5:30PM for adolescents ages 14-18 Monthly Monday Parent class 7-8:30PM

Upcoming class dates:

Oct 7, 21, 28 Nov 4, 11, 18 Dec 2, 9, 16 Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 Feb 3, 10, 17, 24 Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Apr 7

Next Parent class dates: Oct 19 Nov 16 Dec 7 Jan 11 Feb 8 Mar 15

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