Kitama Cahill-Jackson, LMSW is a Staff Therapist specializing in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), the gold standard for treating chronically suicidal individuals with borderline personality disorder at New Perspective Psychological Services in Brooklyn. At New Perspective, Kitama co-leads a comprehensive DBT program which focuses on treating members of the LGBTQIAA and BIPOC communities through a culturally competent lens.
Kitama views suicidality as a public health issue and is committed to increasing access to comprehensive DBT by mentoring, teaching and training therapists entering the field. He previously worked in residential and outpatient substance use treatment at Upper Manhattan Mental Health Center and Odyssey House; at Bloom Therapy, an Upper East Side private practice and as a medical discharge planner on Riker’s Island.
Kitama was trained in DBT through the DBT Training Program & Lab under Dr. Andre Ivanoff at the Columbia School of Social Work and was intensively trained in DBT through Behavioral Tech, the training organization founded by DBT treatment developer, Dr. Marsha Linehan.
He holds masters degrees from the Columbia School of a Social Work and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College.