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Darryl Christie

Accredited DBT Therapist

Darryl is an accredited dialectical behaviour therapist (one of the first in the UK) and a subject matter expert in DBT. He trained both with the Linehan Institute in the USA and British Isles DBT in the UK.


Biography

Darryl is an accredited dialectical behaviour therapist (one of the first in the UK) and a subject matter expert in DBT. He trained both with the Linehan Institute in the USA and British Isles DBT in the UK. Darryl also received expert supervision in DBT and DBT-Prolonged Exposure (PE) from both Dr Heidi Heard and Dr Melanie Harned who are both leading and world-renowned clinicians in the field of borderline personality disorder (BPD), DBT and trauma.

He has a thriving private practice in London and is also an experienced trainer, supervisor and DBT consultant. Darryl currently supervises therapists and psychologists in both the adult and adolescent DBT teams at the Priory Hospitals in and around London. He also provides supervision for the UK's leading private addictions service and two NHS Trusts.

In the past Darryl worked for over 17 years in both the NHS and social services, much of this time in a specialist personality disorder service where he was authorised by the Secretary of State to undertake complex assessments under the Mental Health Act. Having recently left the NHS, Darryl is currently working solely as a senior member of the Mind-Reframed team providing DBT and Prolonged Exposure treatment for PTSD to patients with complex histories of sexual, psychological and physical abuse. His main aim is to ameliorate emotional suffering and enable people to become the person they aspire to be.

Therapeutic approach

Darryl has a unique style that combines irreverence, focus on goals and skills acquisition. In addition to being an adherent DBT therapist he also employs techniques associated with Eastern notions of mindfulness and self-compassion. He offers his clients a thorough assessment of their needs and goals and a clear, well-defined treatment package aimed at them as individuals. His special interests include suicidal and self-harming behaviours in adults and children, treating anxiety and depression, eating problems, addictions and complex PTSD as well as negative self-talk and relationship difficulties that often ensue as a result of the above.

Training and consultancy

Darryl also offers supervision, consultation and training to clinicians, teams and services (both inpatient and outpatient) working with high risk clients, in particular those living with BPD. He has extensively trained NHS mental health staff including doctors, nurses and occupational therapists in topics ranging from Understanding Personality Disorders, DBT, Mindfulness, Mental Health Awareness, and Assessing Risk. In addition to providing courses in how to increase one's effectiveness in working with challenging and complex clients across different NHS services, he also trained front-line staff, such as police and court diversion teams and the ambulance services.

Post-qualifying training

Throughout his career Darryl has continued to refine and deepen his clinical skills through professional development. He trained extensively in the areas of eating disorders, social anxiety, treating shame, disgust and self-criticism, and adolescent mental health presentations. Some of his post-qualifying training included the following:

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy:

Darryl's core DBT training was with the Linehan Institute Behavioral Tech in 2008. It was followed by continuous professional development, weekly team consultation and advanced DBT training.

  • Narrative Exposure Therapy for Trauma: Vivo International and Institute for Psychotrauma, London

  • DBT Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Dr Melanie Harned, The Linehan Institute

  • Basics and Principles of DBT-PTSD: an Evidence-Based Treatment for Complex PTSD after Childhood Sexual Abuse: Professor Martin Bohus and Tamar Neubauer

  • DBT Skills in Schools: Skills Training for Emotional Problem-Solving for Adolescents (DBT STEPS-A)

  • Understanding Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Professor Sue Clark, Bournemouth University

  • Foundational Training in the Theory and Practice of Compassion Focused Therapy: Professor Paul Gilbert, The Compassionate Mind Foundation

Memberships

  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

  • Society for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in the UK and Ireland