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Te Whare Mahana Trust

Mental Health & Addictions Service


DBT Intensive Treatment Centre

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Non-acute specialist mental health community services


All of New Zealand

Age Groups

Adult / pakeke

Referral Types

DHB clinical services

Referral Process

All of our clients will be referred to our residential programme by their local DHB funded mental health service. If a potential client is not currently receiving treatment from a district mental health service, their doctor or other treatment provider can refer them to their local service for an assessment. An assessment by a psychologist or psychiatrist through a mental health service will help determine a person’s treatment needs and what is the best treatment for them. We provide clinicians with pre-screening information and general information about the programme, to share with potential clients to assess the suitability of the programme for their client and discuss with the client about how the programme works.

If the programme is considered to be a suitable treatment option for the client then the referral process will begin. As part of this process, potential clients will be invited to come for a three day visit for assessment by TWM clinicians and for clients to experience the programme. The clinical staff at TWM is working closely with the current treatment provider/s during this time.

We are unable to accept self-referrals directly from potential clients.  We cannot offer clinical advice/information or diagnostic advice to potential clients via e-mail or telephone, and we must always work through their current treatment provider, up until point of entry into the programme.

If you are a current treatment provider and would like more information about the programme and/or have a client you feel would benefit from our programme, please contact us here.


The National DBT Service is for people who 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.

The programme caters for up to six people in 24 hour staffed accommodation. It is appropriate for people who are experiencing high levels of distress in their lives and for whom hospital or community treatment does not meet their current needs.

The programme includes individual therapy, case management, daily skills groups, crisis coaching, household management skills and recreational and vocational treatment components.

Visit the Te Whare Mahana Trust website for more information.

Contact Details

34 Motupipi Street, Tākaka, Golden Bay

Nelson Marlborough

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163 Commercial Street, Tākaka

Nelson Marlborough

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This page was last updated at 12:39PM on December 17, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Te Whare Mahana Trust.