Radically Open

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO-DBT)

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First of its kind in NS!


Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour (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) and maladptive perfectionism. 

How is RO-DBT different from other psychotherapies? 

This therapy prioritizes social-signalling as the primary mechanism of change. The way we present ourselves to others (i.e. body language, voice tone, behaviours) often impacts how others perceive and interact with us. How others interact with us, can affect how safe we feel, and this influences how we behave in return, potentially creating a problematic cycle. To address this difficulty, RO-DBT teaches skills and social-signalling strategies to achieve emotional well-being. It also emphasizes actively seeking one’s “personal unknown” to learn from our experiences.

RO-DBT teaches that there are 3 core components of emotional well-being:

  1. Receptivity & Openness to feedback, even when this is challenging

  2. Flexibility in our responses, to ever changing demands

  3. Communication and expression to our emotions to support Social Connectedness

Are you the sort of person who is dutiful, avoids risk and novelty, always plans aheads, struggles to really connect with others, follow rules, feel unappreciated, has a hard time receiving feedback, or struggles to relax and be playful?

Sign-up for RO-DBT classes and let us help you meet your goals of emotional awareness, flexibility and being connected with others.

There are 4 steps to register:

  1. Call 902.431.1721 to complete an intake over the phone. You will also be asked to fill out a few questionnaires.

  2. Complete an hour to one & a half hour in-person or by telehealth assessment to determine suitability.

  3. Complete an orientation group to learn more.

  4. Attend a commitment session to plan how to make this a successful therapeutic journey!

Module Dates:

  • Module 1: Radical Openness & Emotions
    (8 weeks) - August 11 - October 2, 2021

  • Module 2: Mindfulness and Long-Term Change
    (8 weeks) - October 20 - December 8, 2021

  • Module 3: Tribe, Social Signalling & Interpersonal Effectiveness
    (9 weeks) - January 5 - March 2, 2022