Thomas R. Lynch, PhD, is a professor of clinical psychology and the director at the Center for Innovation in Mental Health at the University of Southampton. He is the founder of radically open dialectical behavior therapy. Lynch has received numerous awards and special recognitions from organizations such as the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Scientific American Mind, The American Psychological Association (APA), and many more. He was previously a professor at the University of Exeter and Duke University Medical Center.
"Radically open dialectical behavior therapy (RO DBT) is a truly
innovative treatment, developed through translation of neuroscience
into clinical practice, integrating various influences from
dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based approaches,
emotion, personality and developmental theory, evolutionary theory,
and Malamati Sufism. RO DBT is applicable to a spectrum of
disorders characterized by excessive inhibitory control or
overcontrol (OC). This is the first treatment that directly
targets social signaling and nonverbal aspects of communication not
only in clients but also in therapists. ... This book on the theory
and practice of RO DBT, together with the skills training manual
that describes the content of skills classes, are excellent guides
for clinicians who want to embark in delivering transdiagnostic
treatments based on science and clinical practice."
--Mima Simic, MD, MRCPsych, joint head of the child and adolescent eating disorder service, and consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital in London, UK--Mima Simic, MD, MRCPsych
"A new and comprehensive statement from one of the more creative minds in evidence-based clinical intervention today, RO DBT brings together a contemporary focus on a limited set of key transdiagnostic processes, with new assessment and intervention techniques for moving them in a positive direction. Emphasizing flexibility, openness, connection, and attention to social signaling, RO DBT specifies the details that can matter, from how you arrange your consulting room furniture to how nonverbal cues signal social information. RO DBT seems destined to make an impact on evidence-based care in many corners of clinical work. Highly recommended."
--Steven C. Hayes, PhD, codeveloper of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT); Foundation Professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno; and author of Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life--Steven C. Hayes, PhD
"RO DBT offers an intriguing reconceptualization of traditional views of internalizing and externalizing disorders, and provides the clinician with valuable new tools to address a number of problems that have been particularly resistant to standard CBT approaches. I will definitely include RO DBT theory and techniques in my graduate-level intervention class. I know beginning clinicians in particular will be grateful to have a systematic way to approach these slow-to-warm-up clients who are difficult to establish rapport with. Their early termination from therapy and failure to respond to traditional approaches often leaves clinicians befuddled and critical of their own skills. RO DBT provides a compassionate way for clinicians to view this type of resistant client, as well as to work on some areas that are likely to benefit them. A very welcome addition to any clinician's toolbox."
--Linda W. Craighead, PhD, professor of psychology and director of clinical training at Emory University, and author of The Appetite Awareness Workbook--Linda W. Craighead, PhD