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Waikato DHB - Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Mental Health & Addictions Service


8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.


Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Non-acute specialist mental health community services



Age Groups

Adult / pakeke

Referral Types

DHB clinical services

Referral Process

Referrals to DBT must be accepted by a Community Mental Health team.


Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a method of treatment designed for people with a confirmed diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. Marsha Linehan PhD was the founder of this programme and states that "DBT is a life enhancement program, not a suicide prevention program". (M.Linehan, 2003.) The emphasis of the programme is on acceptance, compassion and validation. Treatment focuses on accepting the client as they are at the moment while trying to help them change.

We currently have one DBT team, split between Thames and Hamilton. The programme normally takes one year to complete and involves both weekly individual therapy with a trained DBT therapist and attending a two-hour skills training group, once a week. Both aspects of the programme are equally important. The DBT clinicians meet weekly as a team for consultation and supervision. 


No fees apply


8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Public Holidays: Closed Auckland Anniversary (31 Jan), Waitangi Day (Observed 7/2/22) (7 Feb), Good Friday (15 Apr), Easter Sunday (17 Apr), Easter Monday (18 Apr), ANZAC Day (25 Apr), Queen's Birthday (6 Jun), Labour Day (24 Oct).

Contact Details

193 London Street
Waikato 3204

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Waikato 3204

This page was last updated at 2:31PM on September 26, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Waikato DHB - Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.