Who Are We

About us

Our vision:
  • To provide practice-friendly, evidence-based and industry-leading training in the different applications of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

  • To provide high fidelity DBT programs for adults, adolescents and families.
  • To research and implement DBT programs based on the most current developments in the field
  • To provide greater access to clinical expertise and DBT treatment
Meet our faculty

Our faculty are industry-recognised practitioners with extensive practical and specific knowledge of their fields. 

Werner Teichert

Clinical psychologist (MAPS) FCCLIN) and founder

Werner is a clinical psychologist based in Sydney, Australia at Mindsight Clinic. Over the last 7 years he has completed Behavioral Tech's Intensive training twice and founded The South African DBT Institute and DBT Central. Werner has extensive experience in the development and implementation of DBT programs and has trained over 2000 mental health professionals in DBT across Southern Africa and Australia. 

Dr. Melané van Zyl

Psychiatrist (MBChB; MMed; FCPsych)
Dr. Melané van Zyl is a specialist psychiatrist in private practice and the current chairperson for the South African Society of Psychiatrist (SASOP)'s Psychotherapy special interest group. Her interests include Treatment-Resistant Depression, Complex trauma, and Borderline Personality Disorder. She enjoys offering mindfulness-based groups (DBT and MBCT) and planning treatment pathways that include ECT, TMS, and Ketamine. Melané was comprehensively trained in DBT by The South African DBT Institute, is a candidate Jungian analyst and a certified mindfulness and yoga teacher.

Dr. Kam Wong

Child, adolescent and family psychiatrist (FRANZCP)

Dr Kam Wong is a highly respected Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, currently practicing at The Mindsight Clinic. Kam has over 30 years of experience and sees patients across the entire life span from early childhood to adulthood. Kam is a regular speaker at Mental Health Conferences and Seminars both in Australia and overseas. Dr Wong is the director of Healthy Mind Concepts, which provides educational and self help resources accessible to the wider community

Dr. Terry Lim

Psychiatrist (FRANZCP)
Dr Terry Lim is the Director of the Mindsight Clinic in Sydney, where he is at the forefront of pioneering treatment models and interventions that improves patient outcomes and provides the community access to excellent care. He has experience and expertise treating a wide range of mental health conditions including psychosis, mood disorders, anxiety-related conditions, neurodevelopmental conditions and PTSD and is also an Honorary Lecturer with the Macquarie University Medical School where he coordinates medical student teaching at Mindsight Clinic.

Prof. Suvira Ramlall

Psychiatrist (MBChB; FCPsych; PhD)
Professor Suvira Ramlall is the Clinical Head of Specialised Psychiatry at King Dinuzulu Hospital Complex, Durban, and Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). She serves on the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Technical Advisory Committee for Mental Health, is the current President of the College of Psychiatrists, and a Senate Member on the Education Committee of the Colleges of Medicine of SA. She has published in local and international journals, co-edited a South African textbook on Talk Therapy and her latest book, Inpowerment: Building Mental and Emotional Resilience, was released on 9th August 2023 at the Durban International Book Fair.

Karmen Hutton

Clinical Psychologist
Karmen Hutton is a clinical psychologist based in Cape Town, South Africa. She has worked in  several clinical settings, including Weskoppies Hospital, Sterkfontein Hospital and Private Psychiatric Hospitals. She was trained in DBT by The South African DBT Institute in 2018-2019. Her area of special interest is using DBT with adolescents.

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