There has been much
interest in the construct of overcontrol. It appears that too much control can
underpin a range of mental health difficulties, including treatment resistant
depression, particular eating disorders and difficult to treat forensic
presentations. Group Radical Openness (Booth, Egan & Gibson, 2018) is a
group therapy with a growing evidence base, specially adapted for this population.
Although informed by the work of Tom Lynch, GRO differs from Lynchís model in
that the group is encouraged to form a tribe where members are accountable to
each other, rather than the facilitators. The tasks of the group directly
address the behavioural deficits evident in this personality presentation, and
skills are strengthened through in-vivo behavioural rehearsal. Some of the main
exercises and principles by which this is achieved will be described during
Dr. Richard Booth is Director of Psychology at St.
Patrickís Mental Health Services, Dublin. He has specialised in the treatment
of overcontrol for the past seven years. He pioneered skills-only classes for
two years and published in this area before co-developing Group Radical
Openness (GRO). He was lead author on the GRO paper in the Behaviour Therapist
special edition on Radical Openness (2018).
Dr. Rachel Egan is Senior Clinical Psychologist at
St. Patrickís Mental Health Service, Dublin. She has over ten years experience in running groups (including group
work with sex offenders and using compassion focused therapy in a group
format). For the past five years, she has been instrumental in helping to
develop the model of GRO and was co-author on the first paper on GRO (2018).
She has presented widely on this area and her trainings have a reputation for
being lively, entertaining and thoughtful. She is lead author on the first
outcome study of GRO.
Richard and Rachelís book for clinicians on
Group Radical Openness is due to be published next year.
Feedback from Sept 2018 :-
Content was great and Iím looking forward
to using it with our client group.
I know what RO is about, the key themes
Feel I have learnt a lot.
The experiential learning was very
Huge learning Ė exceeded expectations.
Very inclusive and enjoyable. Both
Richard and Rachel are superstars.
I feel I can use this in my personal and
The workshop was fantastic!
Your work is so useful and helpful.