Who is DBT for?

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is for people experiencing high levels of distress in their lives and for whom hospital or community treatment has not met their needs..

People may have diagnoses of multiple and complex disorders, including Borderline Personality Disorders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and typically have harmful behaviour when trying to cope with intense emotions and disrupted relationships.

Residents referred to Te Whare Mahana’s DBT programme have a current mental health assessment that suggests DBT is a useful treatment.

Enquire here if you think Te Whare Mahana’s DBT programme is for you or someone you know.


Sharing success

Some DBT residents want to share what they have learned at Te Whare Mahana and how their lives have changed because of the DBT programme.

Fleur – “I’m a new person”
Before going to Te Whare Mahana, Fleur had received multiple blood transfusions and was operating on half the amount of blood a person should have. Her doctors said that her behaviour was “incompatible with life.”
Then, in 2016, she was given the opportunity to go to Te Whare Mahana. For Fleur, this would be the turning point she desperately needed. She says her time here made “an enormous difference” to her life.
“Twelve months on, my friends are still telling me I’m a new person. That’s because before Te Whare Mahana I was more dead than alive – and now I’m very much alive.”

Click here to read more of Fleur’s story.