Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) Skills Class


It is possible to have too much self-control.

This is a counterintuitive idea behind Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RO DBT). RO DBT is an empirically based therapy that effectively treats over-controlled clients. Self-control refers to our ability to restrain acting on our urges, emotions, and wants in favor of longer term goals.

Most of the time, self-control is good, but some people can suffer from excessive self-control. For these people, inhibiting and controlling impulses and emotions has become so habitual and automatic that they have problems relaxing control when needed. This can result in over-controlled people being overly inhibited, perfectionistic, cautious, and feeling exhausted by social interactions. Overcontrolled folks often suffer in silence, holding their pain with such controlled ability that few, if any, know how bad they are hurting.

In RO DBT Skills Classes, participants will be introduced to the fundamental theory of RO DBT and the three core principles:

1. Being open to feedback, even when it's challenging;

2. Flexibly responding to challenges in our environment (including other's behavior)

3. Effective communication of emotions, recognizing that emotion expression is central to forming strong relationships.

This virtual 30-week group helps people struggling with overcontrol and perfectionism live a more flexible and intuitive life through the development of RO DBT skills.

Group Therapist

Maggie Ritnour is an art therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor with an office in Brooklyn’s Park Slope. She welcomes a wide range of clients to her practice, many of whom are experiencing anxiety and depression, especially when it’s related to a major life transition or moment of change, such as a new job, move to the city, or end of a relationship. An eating disorder specialist, Maggie also has deep expertise in supporting clients to improve their relationships with food, their body, and inner self.

Maggie utilizes a collaborative and team-oriented approach rooted in Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RODBT), a skills-based treatment modality that enhances emotional expression and flexibility. She takes a holistic view of wellness, welcoming in both the mind and body, and helps clients to cultivate alternative coping strategies, including meditation and breathing exercises.

As an art therapist, Maggie can also help clients learn to communicate and understand their emotions through expressive means. By looking for patterns in behavior and thoughts, Maggie helps her clients open up the freedom to view themselves differently and make conscious decisions about their relationships and their future.

Maggie welcomes clients from all backgrounds, and is sensitive to the role of race, class, gender, and sexuality on lived experience. She offers a safe, non-judgmental space where individuals feel comfortable discussing their most inner thoughts. She looks forward to meeting you and helping you on your journey towards healing.

Maggie Ritnour

Maggie Ritnour is an art therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY who specializes in disordered eating, trauma, and maladaptive coping. Many of her clients are looking to improve their relationship with food, their bodies, and themselves as a whole.

Wednesdays from 7:00pm-8:30pm

New York (Online)

$200/session (Cigna insurance is accepted)