Dr. Magda Rodriguez runs one of the region’s only adherent Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) programs to address challenging mental health conditions. DBT can be effective when traditional one-to-one therapy is not producing desired results. Psychologists often refer their patients who have ineffective coping strategies and emotion dysregulation to participate in DBT groups to learn and practice new skills and behaviors. From her personal studies of Zen philosophies and DBT, Dr. Rodriguez successfully uses mindfulness strategies as an approach to help those suffering from a variety of psychological issues reach their personal goals.
Dr. Rodriguez is a national and internationally recognized expert on Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), which is recognized for its use of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness in treating mental health conditions. Dr. Rodriguez knows what it takes to achieve results as an individual and a team; she played on the Division 1 field hockey team at Monmouth University in New Jersey. After receiving her doctorate, she moved to Seattle to research with and ultimately promulgate Dr. Marsha Linehan’s pioneering work in DBT. Before returning to the east coast, Dr. Rodriguez created the DBT training program used in over 15 doctorate level graduate program in the US. She has taught or worked with researchers on a variety of applications of DBT across the US and internationally.
Dr. Rodriguez’s special passion is treating adults who suffer with anxiety, OCD, and other related disorders like body focused repetitive behaviors (BFRB), which include skin picking, hair pulling, and nail biting. When treating these conditions, she uses exposure and response prevention (E/RP) and mindfullness, which teaches clients to manage their intrusive thoughts, refrain from performing their compulsions, and tolerate the anxiety that comes when the BFRB cycle is interrupted. These BFRB behaviors are not habits or tics; rather, they are complex disorders that cause people to repeatedly touch their hair and body in ways that result in physical damage. Her approach helps those who suffer with these conditions in consistently increase functioning back into their lives.
Dr. Rodriguez is an active board member of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation (IOCDF) and frequently presents at national conferences on the topic of OCD and DBT.
Dr. Rodriguez works with the providers at CPE Clinic, LLC in Annapolis to that she could serve the community where she lives with her husband, two children, and their dog.