Essentia Health has some exciting news! We have expanded our services to now include a specialist NDIS Capacity Building Clinic on the Gold Coast and Nationally via Telehealth! We are also pleased to announce from the 30th March 2022 we will be accepting referrals for a world-first Randomised Clinical Trial (RCT) exploring the effectiveness of Telehealth DBT vs face-face delivery of DBT! All participants in the RCT can access a $600 incentive rebate for participating in this ground-breaking research project with our research partner, Southern Cross University on the Gold Coast.

Please find below more information about our exciting updates.

Essentia’s NDIS Capacity Building Clinic

Essentia Health Clinics, through the leadership of the Australian DBT Institute, has developed a unique NDIS Capacity Building Clinic for individuals with complex mental health presentations. Using a trauma-informed Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT-TI) informed framework, our NDIS Capacity Building Clinic offers specialist support for individuals with self-managed and managed NDIS plans with complex mental health presentations access Essentia Health’s services from our clinics Melbourne and the Gold Coast as well as our Telehealth Services and Stabilisation Retreats in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

Click here for further information about our NDIS Capacity Building Clinic or contact our program coordinator Erick via email ( or phone Tuesday til Fridays between 9am and 5pm on 07 5647 3438.

2022 RCT of Online vs F2F DBT

The randomized trial is considered the ‘gold standard’ indicator of whether a treatment works or not. The Australian DBT Institute is one of the few organizations which developed a full DBT programme online before COVID-19 forced many programmes online. Our team has undertaken in-depth interviews with therapists (as part of a previous study) and concluded that the online programme is likely to be as effective as the face-to-face programme, and has been well received by both therapists and research staff at Southern Cross University. In this project, we will seek to compare the effectiveness of each type of delivery in a full DBT programme. We hope that the knowledge gained would assist in developing programmes that can be offered to people who would otherwise not be able to access DBT with the confidence that these programmes are safe and effective.

For participating in this research, individuals will have access to a $600 rebate over the course of a full DBT program at Essentia Health on the Gold Coast.

Research Related Questions: If you have any questions about this research please contact the chief investigator, Dr Richard Lakeman (+61 420355374) or email

Referral to our DBT Program: Feel free to call our team on 07 5619 8031, or SMS/WhatsApp our team on 0401 535 188 or email us at and we will assist with the most appropriate referral!

Gold Coast Clinic Expansion

On the 10th January 2022, we moved our Gold Coast Clinic to Level 1, 115 Scarborough Street Southport QLD 4215. Our newer and more modern clinic allows our team to offer more access to effective therapeutic interventions and mental health care for our clients. Our waitlist time is now down to one week with appointments available with a range of therapists.

We have also welcomed a range of new staff and independently practicing mental health professionals including:

New referrals through our new national intake service.

Essentia Health Clinics, established in 1999, are private mental health practices owned by the Australian DBT Institute. Our first clinic was established by our Executive Director Dr. Peter King in Bendigo, Victoria. Essentia Health’s unique approach offers a range of independent mental health professionals who have come together from a variety of settings and backgrounds who prefer to work as a team rather than in isolation. Essentia’s mission is to offer inclusive, trauma-informed and eclectic mental health services which draw on lived experience and evidence-informed clinical practice. In establishing Essentia Health Clinics, Dr. King has been influenced by mentoring from Marsha Linahan’s Behavioral Tech (2003-2008) and Babette Rothschild (2014-2018) who is the developer of Somatic Trauma Therapy and author of The Body Remembers.