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"DBT at this crucial adolescent stage of life"

About: Child and Adolescent Mental Services / CAMHS - North Team

(as a parent/guardian),

Almost 8 years ago my daughter began attending camhs Letterkenny she was struggling with her mental health, self harming, emotional dis-regulation and was refusing to go to school. She was initially assessed by the psych team and allocated to Aisling, a mental health professional therapist, who after an initial assessment, advocated strongly for her to enter the DBT programme. We undertook the commitment to the programme for 5 months, Aisling explained how she felt this would be of great benefit. DBT consisted of weekly sessions of intensive one to one therapy and group therapy which included family members.

Almost 8 years later my daughter recently received an official diagnosis of EUBPD, which answered a lot of questions, my brother (her uncle) had been also diagnosed in late adulthood and didn’t get the correct therapy until very late in life, he had numerous suicide attempts and extremely difficult journey in his adult life.

I can truly say that the DBT therapy has saved her from a very different life, and along with that teaching us invaluable life long skills to cope, how to react, and respond in challenging situations. She has great insight into her condition now, and the triggers that can exacerbate negative reactions.

I can truly say that I honestly don’t know where we would be today without Aisling and DBT. DBT at this crucial adolescent stage of life, it was invaluable, it has affected how she now responds and reacts, using those life long skills truly has prevented her from going down a very different destructive path in life.

Life is never perfect, but it is so much improved. I am forever thankful to Aisling for her absolute dedication and professionalism towards the children and families in her care , she goes above and beyond, and to all the Camhs team in Letterkenny.

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Response from Paul Crossan, Clinical Nurse Specialist, CAMHS North Team, Donegal Mental Health Services yesterday
Paul Crossan
Clinical Nurse Specialist, CAMHS North Team,
Donegal Mental Health Services
Submitted on 17/06/2024 at 11:06
Published on Care Opinion at 11:06

Dear parent,

Thank you for taking the time to provide this valuable feedback. It is heartwarming to read your positive experience of attending our service, and the significant contribution the DBT programme and DBT therapist has had in helping to guide your daughter onto a better path in life.

DBT is an intensive programme that requires the full commitment from young people and their parents/carers. The skills that are learned and practiced over the 17 weeks are indeed 'life skills' and can truly be life changing. It is wonderful to read that 8 years on from completing this programme - DBT skills are continuing to prove invaluable in your daughter's life.

As a service, we strive to do our best for young people and their families. It is clear that your daughter had developed a great working relationship with Aisling - who's professionalism and dedication has had such a positive impact in helping your daughter to build a life worth living.

Once again, I would like to thank you for posting this wonderful feedback and I will be sure to pass it on to Aisling and the rest of the team.

On behalf of the DBT team and the wider CAMHS service, we wish you and your daughter all the very best for the future.

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