Coming February 12th 2019!
Radically Open DBT
We are pleased to announce that San Jose DBT is offering a new empirically treatment called Radically-Open DBT ( RO-DBT)
While integrating many of the core principles and skills of comprehensive DBT, Radically Open DBT was developed as a treatment that targets very different problems in living. While comprehensive DBT targets emotional control, Radically Open DBT primarily targets emotional loneliness.
Radically Open DBT is a 7 month program that can involve concurrent individual therapy but does not require it. At San Jose DBT we believe that our expertise in Dialectical behavior Therapy differentiates us as providers of this powerful new model and allows us to provide expert assessment and treatment planning:
- Radically- Open DBT regards emotional loneliness as the core problem for over-controlled individuals , rather than emotion dysregulation as it is in standard DBT.
- Radically- Open DBT is based on 19 years of research, including two NIMH-funded randomized controlled trials (RCTs) with refractory depression, one open-trial examining anorexia, a case-series study with anorexia, and an on-going multi-center RCT in the United Kingdom (REFRAMED; funded by the Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Program and the National Institute of Health Research).
Disorders of Overcontrol (OC) have been linked to:
- Social isolation
- Poor interpersonal functioning
- Risk aversion
- Lack of emotional expression
- The development of severe and difficult-to-treat mental health problems, such as chronic depression, anorexia nervosa, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.
Though “self-control”—inhibiting acting on urges, impulses, and desires—is highly valued in most societies, and, failures in self-control characterize many of the personal and social problems afflicting modern life, too much self-control can be equally problematic. Sometimes we see borderline characteristics in an individual who, while meeting some characteristics of BPD, actually are more precisely characterized by the features noted above. Thorough and accurate assessment is required.
Radically Open DBT may be appropriate for individuals with any of the following diagnoses:
- Chronic Treatment Resistant Depression
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder
- Avoidant Personality Disorder
- Paranoid Personality Disorder
- Treatment Resistant Anxiety Disorder
- High Function Autism Spectrum Disorder
Skills Group Format:
Sessions are 90 minutes and will consist of a brief mindfulness practice, new skills presentation, experiential practice, and homework review. Homework facilitates the generalization of skills into one’s life. Please note that this group is structured, practice oriented and involves the learning of new empirically supported skills. It is not a “process group” so the emphasis is on interactive learning instead of personal sharing. The look and feel of the class is similar to that of a small interactive college class.
Participants may be very reluctant to participate in this format and also long for the development of relationships. It has been humbling and rewarding to see how participants learn to build confidence socially.
San Jose DBT Radically Open DBT program begins February 2018. We are committed to ongoing training and outcome measurement as we roll out this new treatment. Stay tuned for more updates to this website or give us call to learn more
To let us know you are interested in this program, please call (408) 780-1150 or (408) 893-4032.