Last month saw the retirement of Dr Marsha Linehan, the treatment developer of DBT, from an illustrious career spanning several decades. Masha’s most well-known textbook Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder and the accompanying Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder were both published in 1993. Up until this time Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) was largely viewed as untreatable. So the publication of these texts was a game-changer in modern psychotherapy, and provided hope to countless clients with Borderline Personality Disorder and guidance to so many clinicians. So much so that in 2011, DBT was named by TIME magazine as being 1 of the top 100 greatest recent scientific discoveries!
I have had the good fortune of being able to meet and be trained by Marsha a number of times, both in Australia and the US. Those who have seen Marsha’s videos on line will know that she is both charismatic and highly intelligent, traits which make her even more formidable in real life! I feel grateful to have been able to share in her stories, skills and wisdom and lucky to have been born in a time when these skills and this therapy exists to be able to help those in need. It is with great respect that we acknowledge Marsha’s retirement and thank her for her contribution.