Job vacancy: DBT Therapist, Te Whare Mahana Trust, Golden Bay

Te Whare Mahana (TWM) provides a range of community-based mental health services within Golden Bay, as well as New Zealand’s only national DBT residential programme.

TWM is an independent, Non-Government Organisation (NGO). Golden Bay is renowned for its strong and supportive community, spirit, and stunning location on the border of two National Parks, making it the ideal setting for the Trust’s mental health services. TWM has strong connections with other local service agencies and works closely with

Golden Bay Community Hospital, Mohua Social Services and local GPs.

We currently have one open position in our Trust for registered professionals wishing to join one of our multi-disciplinary teams. Along with significant experience in mental health and a current NZ Practicing Certificate strong candidates will:

  • Have a natural affinity with people, and an ability to build trusting relationships. Empathy, compassion, and authenticity.
  • Have exceptional communication and problem solving skills. Computer literacy.
  • Be organised, focused and have a good eye for detail.
  • Be seeking to develop your leadership.

National DBT Service DBT Therapist

0.6 FTE, 48hrs/fortnight

We are offering a unique psychotherapy opportunity within an adherent DBT residential programme for adults with chronic emotional dysregulation.  We are seeking a skilled clinician interested in building DBT expertise while enjoying a relaxed lifestyle.  The role includes teaching DBT skills classes and provision of individual therapy.

1-2 year terms are considered.  Counsellor, psychotherapist, psychologist or similarly skilled clinician with DBT training preferred; DBT training can be provided.

Employment terms

  • 4 weeks paid vacation
  • Paid professional/registration fees
  • Generous annual training budget
  • Flexible work schedule


Golden Bay is an extraordinary natural environment at the top of the South Island in New Zealand.

It is a vacation destination spot in a picturesque and remote location.  Imagine a region with endless variety, where golden beaches, alpine valleys and tranquil fishing rivers share a close proximity with the sea. Breathtaking scenery, arts and crafts, and sporting activities can be explored if you choose to join our warm and supportive teams.

To apply

For more information about TWM and for a job description and TWM application form please visit

Applications close Tuesday 30 October 2018.