RO-DBT Skills

Does perfectionism stop you from spontaneously engaging in life?

Do you thrive on structure, rules, and feel anxious when your world is out of your control?

Is it “easier” to avoid relationships, rather than risk expressing your feelings and needs to others?


For many, feeling governed by rules, a need for excessive structure in your life and the tendency to negatively compare yourself to others, can make the experience of “life” overwhelming.  Attempts to live in a world that is ever-changing and rarely allows for you to be in full “control” of your life can inadvertently activate coping mechanisms that take the form of anorexia, obsessive compulsive disorder, chronic depression and anxiety.  

Thankfully, there’s a new, evidence-based treatment modality created specifically to help people free themselves from the trap of what is now known as “emotional over-control.

Radically-Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO-DBT) is a well-researched, evidence-based treatment for individuals with emotional over-control. Research has shown RO-DBT to be effective in treating a variety of mental health disorders, including anorexia nervosa, chronic depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

What is Emotional Over-control?

While self-control can be seen as a positive attribute, too much self-control can become problematic. People who are emotionally over-controlled oftentimes experience social isolation, difficulty responding to change, and painful interpersonal relationships. 

RO-DBT Skills Group

A New Beginning has developed an exciting RO-DBT outpatient group directed toward helping people who struggle with emotional over-control.  In a structured and supportive environment, you will learn principles and the application of skills that will enhance the concepts and healing processes addressed in individual therapy, so as to begin experiencing life in a more spontaneous, less overwhelming and successful manner.

The RO-DBT Skills Group focuses on developing and strengthening 3 core components of emotional well-being:

  1. Openness to interpersonal interaction and feedback from others 
  2. Flexibility in your responses to your world’s ever-changing demands
  3. Authentic communication of emotions to help build positive interpersonal relationships

Each week, structured sessions will include a skills education component, opportunities to practice applying skills alongside other group members, and homework review. The group is open to adult men and women (ages 18+) who are wanting to learn skills to become more open, flexible, and socially connected. 

This group meets weekly for 90 minutes.  The curriculum takes twelve weeks to complete; participants can join the group at any time.  Consistent, weekly attendance is requested, and a  minimum commitment of four consecutive weeks is required, to promote the development of a strong foundation of skills.

Prior to joining, all prospective participants are asked to complete a free 30-minute assessment with the group facilitator to ensure the group will be a mutually good fit.

DAY: Tuesdays

TIME: 11:30am – 1:00pm 

COST: $65. per group session

FACILITATED BY: Amanda Kaplan, Psy.D.