For me DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy) takes all the best bits of the better-known CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and adds useful tools from Eastern traditions like acceptance and mindfulness. I felt privileged to be able to help the country's only residential DBT service with strategic and operational planing to improve accessibility and continue to deliver services.
DBT was developed by Marsha M. Linehan, who was institutionalised as a teenager in 1960s America. She made it her mission to help people who are 'chronically suicidal' - usually diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and labelled 'treatment resistant'.
Te Whare Mahana (The Warm House) is New Zealand's only residential provider of DBT - for more details visit: twm.org.nz