"The support and dedication of the DBT team"

About: Leitrim Adult Community Mental Health Services Sligo Leitrim Mental Health Services

(as a service user),

I have completed the year of the DBT programme, I have been very impressed with the commitment and dedication of all of the DBT therapist's. The programme is long and intense and it needs complete commitment, but you get out what you put in to the programme. I have been a long term client of the mental health services and I have come across positives and negatives over the years. But with my hand on my heart I must say I have never met such support and dedication as I have with the DBT team. The only thing I think that could be improved is maybe more follow up after treatment. Particular thanks must go out to my Therapist Joanne, she was amazing and easily the most caring and committed Therapist I have met. Well done and thank you

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Response from Patrick Finan, Senior Clinical Psychologist & DBT Therapist, Sligo Leitrim Adult DBT Service, Sligo Leitrim Mental Health Service We are preparing to make a change

Dear Bora,

Thank you very much for your feedback with regard to the Sligo / Leitrim Dialectical Behaviour Therapy programme. It is great to hear that you have had such a positive experience and that you have made such personal progress. I think that you have identified three very important elements to achieving the best possible outcome from this kind of intervention; commitment, dedication and the support of hardworking therapists like Joanne and the rest of the therapy team.

With regard to the follow up after treatment; we welcome all suggestions to improve the service and we take time to discuss and review all recommendations to the treatment team. However, as we have limited resources and a long waiting list, we have sought to be effective in putting the vast majority of resources into preparing people for intervention; pre-treatment and then the year long treatment itself. What we hope is that after finishing treatment people have developed a lot of ability in using the skills that we teach, so that they can use these skills independently after finishing the DBT programme.

We will, however, discuss this again so that clients have the best possible outcome and get the most out of attending DBT. Thank you again for your feedback – we really value it and well done on your personal commitment and dedication to getting the most of the programme.

Patrick Finan

DBT Therapist on behalf of the DBT Team.

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