From mid-September 2022, the Australian DBT Institute will be offering two streams of treatment for individuals who would traditionally be seeking Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) treatment through our Essentia Health Clinics. The traditional DBT, which we have been offering since 2004, will continue for individuals presenting with a spectrum of disorders characterized by excessive under-control (UC). Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO DBT) will also be offered targeting a spectrum of disorders characterized by excessive self-control, often referred to as overcontrol (OC). Both approaches have been well researched and are considered evidence-based treatments. The RO-DBT approach is supported by 20 years of clinical experience and translational research that parallels established guidelines for treatment development (e.g., UK Medical Council, 2008; Rounsville & Carroll, 2001; 2006).

Australian treatment programs in RO-DBT are rare. The Australian DBT Institute team has sought training and supervision from approved RO-DBT trainers and supervisors with Radically Open Ltd in the UK to ensure the Australian community receives the most effective treatment approach. Our leadership was originally trained and supervised by senior trainers at Behavioral Tech LLC (2003-2008) and have also attended a number of training programs with the treatment developer Marsha Linehan.

The recommended approach of the Australian DBT Institute includes an initial assessment for individuals presenting to our service to determine if DBT or RO-DBT is best suited for each individual seeking our services for treatment.

RO-DBT is an evidence protocol for the treatment of

  • Chronic Depression
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Maladaptive Perfectionism
  • Treatment Resistant Anxiety

DBT is an evidence-based treatment of

  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Binge/Purging Eating Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Conduct Disorders


Our next programs commence on the 19th of September 2022 with an individual assessment (2 sessions) and/or an online screening to be completed before the commencement of our programs through our DBT Assist Platform.

For more information and to access our programs please contact Essentia Health’s national intake team via email at or call our admin team on 07 5647 3438 to arrange an appointment.