Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO-DBT) is a new evidence-based treatment for disorders characterised by excessive over-control. It has been informed by over twenty years of clinical and experimental research. RO-DBT is a 30-week programme consisting of individual therapy and skills classes and it is suitable for people who experience difficulties in the areas of:

  • forming and maintaining satisfying relationships,
  • chronic feelings of anxiety, including social anxiety,
  • prolonged periods of lowered mood and chronic depression,
  • anorexia nervosa and eating disorders,
  • obsessive compulsive personality disorder,
  • autism spectrum,
  • avoidance, rigidity and low openness,
  • loneliness,
  • emotional constriction,
  • personality difficulties and unhelpful patterns of behaviour, including self-harm,
  • forgiving and letting go,
  • tolerating imperfection.

RO-DBT was originally developed for people with treatment-resistant chronic depression and anorexia nervosa, however, research results suggest that it is effective in treating difficulties associated with obsessive compulsive and avoidant personality disorders, autism spectrum disorders and treatment-resistant anxiety. For further details on this innovative type of therapy please visit www.radicallyopen.net.

Radically Open DBT programme is facilitated by Helen Brice, an associate therapist of Mind-Reframed, and Dr Alex Fowke who was involved in the original REFRAMED study, a randomised controlled trial of RO-DBT for treatment-resistant depression. Weekly classes are held on Thursdays from 7pm to 9pm at 1 Neal Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9QL. The fee is £85 per 2-hour weekly class and it's payable for five classes in advance. Participants can either commit to the full RO-DBT programme, which entails both individual therapy and the RO-DBT skills classes or just the skills classes with optional individual reviews. Please email us to find out when the next entry point is or to make arrangements to reserve your place.