Meet The Team

Jason Ward – DBT Adult Clinical Lead and DBT London Director – I have been in practice for over 25 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. I started my career in addiction treatment and then went on to study Psychotherapy at Masters level with further trainings in CBT and DBT. I completed a post graduate diploma in clinical supervision in 2017. I love nature, a keen skier, scuba diver and student pilot. 

Qualifications: MA Psychotherapy.Dip.Couns.Dip.DBT.PGDip.Supervision Accreditations: United Kingdom council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Approved UKCP Supervisor

Darryl Christie – Senior DBT Practitioner and Family Programme Lead – Darryl is an accredited dialectical behaviour therapist (one of the first in the UK) and a subject matter expert in DBT. He trained both with the Linehan Institute in the USA and British Isles DBT in the UK. Darryl also received expert supervision in DBT and DBT-Prolonged Exposure (PE) from both Dr Heidi Heard and Dr Melanie Harned who are both leading and world-renowned clinicians in the field of borderline personality disorder (BPD), DBT and trauma. His special interests include suicidal and self-harming behaviours in adults and children, treating anxiety and depression, eating problems, addictions and complex PTSD as well as negative self-talk and relationship difficulties that often ensue as a result of the above.

Memberships: Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Society for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in the UK and Ireland

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), with certificate from HCPC 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 Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT), DBT for Adolescents (DBT-A), Trauma Focused-CBT (TF-CBT), Prolonged Exposure (PE); and DBT for Schools (STEPS-A).