Referrers / clinicians


We offer New Zealand’s only national residential DBT programme for people usually diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and related challenges.

District Health Boards (DHB) clinicians and Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) approved clinicians can refer to our DBT programme. We strongly recommend that you seek funding agreement prior to submitting your referral. We are happy to consult on this process.

When determining if our DBT service is suitable, we consider:

  • The ‘application form’ (a form the applicant can complete alone or with the referrer).
  • The ‘referral form’ (to be completed by the referrer)
  • A physical health report from the GP including medication/treatments. If a psychiatrist is involved we will need their agreement to continue their involvement.
  • A summary of the applicant’s history; we can receive this from various health professionals, such as psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and counsellors. We accept this information in many formats e.g. assessments, reports etc., covering:
    1. Psycho-social history, particularly any trauma history and current symptoms
    2. Current and previous diagnoses
    3. Treatments / interventions received and response / outcomes
    4. Detailed history of suicide attempts and self-harm
    5. Personality assessment, if available
    6. Details of any intellectual impairment if known or suspected and IQ Assessment, if required

We appreciate this could be a significant amount of information to collect. If you need help with your referral, please contact us at or on (03) 525 9624 ext. 5 / 027 259 9333

The completed ‘referral form’ and accompanying documents can be couriered, faxed or emailed to:

Couriered: National DBT Service, 163 Commercial Street, Takaka 7110

Faxed: (03) 525 7105