HOW Is RO DBT different than DBT?

Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RO DBT) is an Evidence Based Treatment created by Tom Lynch, originally trained and a partner within Marsha Linehan’s DBT Team. RO DBT particularly addresses social signaling deficits that inhibit connection which leads to emotional loneliness and is caused by what has been coined “over control.” Over control (OC) is targeting a spectrum of disorders characterized by excessive self control.



Receptivity and Openness to new experience and disconfirming feedback in order to learn.

Flexible-control in order to adapt to changing environmental conditions.

Intimacy and social-connectedness (with at least one other person) based on premises that species survival required capacities to form long-lasting bonds and work in groups or tribes


New skills

Skills for RO DBT are both organized and reinforced differently than standard DBT skills. Overall, RO DBT focuses on using self-inquiry and play to learn how to experience social safety. These skills focus on practicing Flexible Mind, a synthesis of Fatalistic and Fixed mind.

RO DBT uses individual and concurrent group therapy to effectively learn these new skills leading to radical openness.



RO DBT training is separate from Behavioral Tech and offered by Tom Lynch and his team. The training requires two full weeks plus homework and must be completed fully to be considered an RO therapist. Ongoing supervision is recommended.