DBT London Team


Jason Ward DBT Therapist

Jason Ward – DBT Adult Clinical Lead and DBT London Director

I have been in practice for over 20 years and have practising privileges at several Priory Hospitals in the South East. I developed and now lead the DBT Programme at the Priory Hospital North London and the Elysium Health DBT Programme in Brighton. Working with patients who suffer from BPD and developing DBT London services is my passion. I am committed to helping and supporting patients develop a life worth living through the learning and implementation of DBT skills.


Julie Burg DBT Therapist

Julie Burg – Counsellor Psychotherapist

I hold an Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from The Minster Centre, (one of the UK’s leading Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy training institutes), and am finalising my Master of Arts degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy I have also taken further APT accredited training  in DBT.

As the Head of Provision in a Secondary School 6th Form in North London, I work with teenagers who experience difficulties with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self harm, suicidal ideation, or who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I also lead workshops aimed at learning to cope better with panic and anxiety. I worked as a senior psychotherapist in the Assessment Ward of a NHS mental hospital, running therapy groups with men who have been sectioned.

I am enthusiastic about working creatively with clients, taking into account their own (existing) resources while figuring out new ones together. As an integrative therapist I am trained to look at a person holistically, and tailor the treatment to the client. Before I became a therapist, I worked as a documentary filmmaker with a focus on Human Rights and marginalised communities. I produced many training and awareness raising films for the UK and international sector, having always been passionate about social justice, and helping people to help themselves.

Qualifications: PGDip.Adv.Coun.Psychotherapy. I am a member of the regulatory body British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their code of ethics, and further professional development requirements.


Marie Wassberg DBT Counsellor

Marie Wassberg – DBT Adolescent Clinical Lead

B.Soc.Sc and CBT/TF-DBT/DBT/DBT-A/DBT for schools/PE/EMDR therapist – Marie has been involved with developing many DBT- informed programmes in different settings, mainly for children, adolescents and young adults aged (from 18-30 years), both in Sweden and in England. She is also running groups/workshops/presentations for parents, staff working with children and adolescents, as well as teachers.

Marie has been a very welcomed guest lecturer at universities in Sweden, a facilitator at workshops, Conferences and training events throughout the UK (NOTA, BABCP, Bank of England and Schools), in Sweden (Schools, Social Services and Care homes) and the USA (ATSA). She has also offered training and supervision to other professionals who work with children and adolescents on how to improve relationships and regulate emotions in a DBT-informed approach/using DBT skills.

As a therapist, Marie has worked for over 25 years with children and adolescents who have been sexually abused, suffered from complex PTSD/trauma or experienced other kinds of trauma and/or who have displayed harmful sexual behaviours. Her client group also includes: deliberate self-harming; suicidal thoughts; depression; and psychosis among other difficulties. As a qualified Social Worker, her work has also involved child protection, child-in-need, unaccompanied minors and asylum seekers. Marie also has experience of working with children and adolescents presenting challenging behaviours, autism spectrum disorder (especially high functioning) and ADHD.

Qualifications: Qualified Social Worker; Bachelor in Social Science (1999). Marie is also qualified as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (CBT) and is an Accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist with BABCP (British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies). Marie has a Diploma in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), DBT for Adolescents (DBT-A), Trauma Focused-CBT (TF-CBT), Prolonged Exposure (PE); and DBT for Schools (STEPS-A).


Tom Coles DBT Coach

Tom Coles – Integrative Counsellor and Qualified DBT Therapist

Tom trained with the British Isles DBT training team and currently practices at the Priory Hospital in North London, where he also received training with accredited DBT therapists. He has a special interest in working with patients with emotional dysregulation and currently provides specialised treatment in groups and 1:1.

Tom’s background is working with addiction where he spent several years working in a residential rehabilitation service for drugs and alcohol in Hertfordshire. He has previous experience working with young persons mental health services and Schools. Tom received training in mindfulness at the Oxford Mindfulness centre and has further development attending silent retreats with the London Buddhist centre. Tom also has a keen interest in relationship and psychosexual therapy is currently training towards a 2 year diploma. His overall style is relaxed and down to earth, with creative approaches to skills training.

Academic Qualifications: Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy – West Herts College – 2019 – Foundation training in DBT – British Isles DBT Training Team – 2021 – Memberships: British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy – registered member – COSRT – student member


Tom Coles DBT Coach

Tanya Dalton – DBT Therapist 

Tanya has a wealth of experience working with a range of mental health conditions, including emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD), ADHD, bereavement, anxiety, depression and postnatal depression. Alongside her private practice, Tanya has also worked in the education sector, providing therapy to children and parents presenting with various difficulties. These presentations included trauma, depression, anxiety, loss, relationship issues, abuse, ADHD and autism. Tanya has also worked as a perinatal therapist within the NHS providing support for clients during the perinatal period on a range of complex issues.

Tanya is trained in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), which is used to treat mood disorders and works both as a group facilitator and 1-to-1 therapist.

Aside from her clinical work, Tanya also has over 20 years of prior experience working for a multi-national company and a full awareness of the stressors such work and home-life balance can bring.

Professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships

  • Accredited member British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists – MBACP (Accred)
  • Diploma in Integrative Counselling
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Foundational Training – British Isles
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Essentials – APT
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Groups – APT
  • Regulating Emotions the DBT Way – British Isles