Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO-DBT)

Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO-DBT) is the first of its kind to be offered in Nova Scotia. Lesley Hartman & Associates Inc. are very excited to be offering these classes starting in January 2021.


The goal of RO - DBT Skills Training is to help clients learn skills and social-signalling strategies to achieve emotional well-being. It also emphasizes actively seeking one’s “personal unknown” to learn from our experiences. (8 weeks)


Are you the sort of person who is dutiful, avoids risk and novelty, always plans ahead, struggles to really connect with others, follows rules, feels unappreciated, has a hard time receiving feedback, or struggles to relax and be playful? Sign up for RO-DBT class and let us help you meet your goals!

RO - DBT is a new evidence-based treatment created by Dr. Thomas Lynch for patients with emotional/behavioural over-control which often leads to loneliness. ‘Self-control’ is usually seen as a good thing, however too much self-control can cause difficulties. Excessive self-control is associated with social isolation and poor interpersonal relations and it contributes to conditions like anorexia nervosa, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, chronic depression and autistic spectrum disorders. This treatment has also proved beneficial for treatment refractory anxiety (meaning you have tried treatments and they haven’t worked), OCD, and maladaptive perfectionism.

Module 1: Radical Openness & Emotions (8 weeks)

Module 2: Tribe, Social Signalling and Interpersonal Effectiveness (8 weeks)

Module 3: Mindfulness and Long-Term Change (9 weeks)

Times and Date


Wednesday, January 6 to February 25  | Module 1 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm | Zoom Video

Wednesday, March 17 to May 5 | Module 2 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm | Zoom Video

Wednesday, May 26 to July 21 | Module 3 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm | Zoom Video

For more information, or to begin the intake process, please click here to be directed to our self-referral form,
or give us a call at 902.431.1721

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