Abri Radically Open DBT is a full-fidelity Radically Open DBT (RO DBT) practice that offers individual RO therapy and classes for adults and adolescents in downtown Portland. RO DBT is an evidence based, trans-diagnostic treatment for disorders of over-control including restrictive eating disorders, exercise addiction, OCD and treatment resistant anxiety and depression. In addition to Kirsten and her partner LiLin Hally, LCSW – there are five highly skilled therapists at Abri who have expertise in other modalities as well – including but not limited to EMDR, ACT and the treatment of misophonia. Bios can be found on our web site.
Kirsten is a licensed therapist, who has been specializing in the treatment of eating disorders for over thirteen years. She became interested in RO DBT when she came across the research pointing to its effectiveness in treating restrictive Anorexia Nervosa. She was among the first American therapists to be intensively trained in the modality, and is now a RO DBT Senior Clinician and approved trainer, and has received a great deal supervision with the treatment developer, Dr. Thomas Lynch and Dr. Sophie Rushbrook. She has been running RO DBT classes and has been part of an active consultation group since 2015.
Kirsten holds degrees from New York University and Lewis and Clark College. For several years she was a therapist at the Portland DBT Institute, where she was on the Path to Mindful Eating Team and a DBT trainer. After a stint managing the team, she left to be a Clinical Director of a partial hospitalization program before moving on to start her own private practice and focus on RO DBT. She is a past Chair of the Columbia River Eating Disorder Network, and was, up until 2016, Coordinator of Lewis & Clark College’s Eating Disorder Certificate Program, where she still teaches occasionally as an adjunct. She also gives frequent trainings for professionals. In addition to being trained in RO DBT and DBT, Kirsten has also received extensive training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for trauma and EMDR.
Kirsten is a native of Portland where she lives with her husband, teenage son and large labradoodle.