DBT Psychotherapist North London Jason Ward Dialectical Behaviour Therapist
The London DBT Clinic
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) & DBT Group therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy available in North London to treat patients suffering from depression, anxiety and low mood. I use a blend of approaches that provide the best fit for my patients, please feel free to contact me for an informal chat about therapy if you think you may need some support.
I specialise in treating patients suffering from personality disorders, bipolar disorder and depression-anxiety.
I facilitate a 12 week evidenced based Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Program at the Priory Hospital North London. DBT will provide you with tools to stabilise your mood, relieve your symptoms and develop resources to manage your mood more effectively.
DBT treatment for bipolar disorder aims to reduce the severity and number of episodes of depression and mania to allow as normal a life as possible.
DBT treatment for personality disorder will provide patients with an evidence based skills that when deployed will reduce problem behaviours, suicidality and help teach patients the skills they need to live stable and symptom free lives.
What is DBT?
Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a type of talking treatment. It's based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), but has been adapted to help people who experience emotions very intensely.
It's mainly used to treat problems associated with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and biploar disorder but it has also been used more recently to treat a number of other different types of mental health problems.
DBT also helps you to change unhelpful behaviours, but it differs from CBT in that it also focuses on accepting who you are at the same time. DBT places particular importance on the relationship between you and your therapist, and this relationship is used to actively motivate you to change.
A randomized, controlled, pilot study of dialectical behavior therapy skills in a psychoeducational group for individuals with bipolar disorder:
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Support Groups and Individual Sessions
Dialectical behaviour Therapy (DBT) is the treatment most closely associated with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). The DBT Support Group practices DBT in North London with group therapy sessions. The DBT therapy combines elements of CBT to help with regulating emotion through distress tolerance & mindfulness. The goal of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is to alleviate the emotional pain associated with BPD. Its core assumption is that change and acceptance are intertwined. We often think of our efforts to change things as emerging out of non-acceptance. If you're looking for DBT therapy in London or for a London DBT support group myself and my colleagues provide dialectical behaviour therapy, DBT group therapy, DBT therapy, dialectic behavioural therapy, and dialectical therapy. They provide dialectical counselling, DBT counselling in London and DBT treatment. They include DBT groups, DBT therapists, DBT psychologists and DBT counselling.
I treat patients adjacent to the North London Priory Hospital, the nearest tube is Southgate on the Piccadilly Line a 5 min walk from the station. I can also see clients in Central London.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been in practice for 19 years and have practising privileges at several Priory Hospitals in the South East. I am a fully accredited UKCP Psychotherapist and have been awarded an MA in Psychotherapy and a Diploma in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT ). I studied Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) at Surrey University and my MA was awarded by Middlesex University. Awarded PG Diploma in Integrative Clinical Supervision by Middlesex University.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Dependent personality disorder
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have been teaching Mindfulness for 35 years.
Mindfulness practise simply means developing ones awareness of each passing moment and to become more present in each moment.
The benefits of Mindfulness practise are a deepening capacity for emotional responsiveness and availability to self and other, together with freedom from negative thoughts and actions.
I run small monthly mindfulness courses in North London on a Monday evening from 6:30 till 8:00.
The cost of the 4 week course is £185.00.
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Individual 50 min session: £85 - £100
DBT Group Program: 16 Weeks £1,600
DBT Group Program is a 16 week intensive Dialectical Behaviour Program that I facilitate in North London. The program contains the 4 core modules of DBT: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Emotional Regulation.
The DBT Group meets for 2 hours each week on a Friday evening 18:30 - 20:30. Clients are expected to work on DBT homework skills between sessions. Clients need to be assessed first before they can start the group.
The 9 traits of borderline personality disorder
Of the nine DSM-V criteria for borderline disorder, three fall into this group:
Affective (emotional) instability including intense, episodic emotional anguish, irritability, and anxiety/panic attacks. Anger that is inappropriate, intense and difficult to control, and.
Chronic feelings of emptiness.
Diagnostic criteria of borderline personality disorder*
A pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image and affects, and marked impulsivity beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by 5 (or more) of the following:
Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment. Note: Do not include suicidal or self-mutilating behaviour covered in criterion 5.A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation.
Identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self.
Impulsivity in at least 2 areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating). Note: Do not include suicidal or self-mutilating behaviour covered in criterion 5. Recurrent suicidal behaviour, gestures or threats, or self-mutilating behaviour. Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood (e.g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days). Chronic feelings of emptiness. Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights). Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms.
*The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision.11 Copyright © 2000 American Psychiatric Association.
Please answer each question to the best of your ability.
1. Has there ever been a period of time when you were not your usual self and..You felt so good or hyper that other people thought you were not your normal self or were so hyper that you got into trouble?
Yes - No
You were so irritable that you shouted at people or started fights or arguments?
Yes - No
You felt much more self-confident than usual?
Yes - No
You got much less sleep than usual and found you didn’t really miss it?
Yes - No
You were much more talkative or spoke much faster than usual?
Yes - No
Thoughts raced through your head or you couldn’t slow your mind down?
Yes - No
You were so easily distracted by things around you that you had trouble concentrating or staying on track?
Yes - No
You had much more energy than usual?
Yes - No
You were much more active or did many more things than usual?
Yes - No
You were much more social or outgoing than usual, for example, you telephoned friends in the middle of the night?
Yes - No
You were much more interested in sex than usual?
Yes - No
You did things that were unusual for you or that other people might have thought were excessive, foolish, or risky?
Yes - No
Spending money got you or your family into trouble?
Yes - No
2. If you checked YES to more than one of the above, have several of these ever happened during the same period of time?
Yes - No
3. How much of a problem did any of these cause you?
Like being unable to work; having family, money or legal troubles; getting into arguments or fights?
If you answered:
- “Yes” to seven or more of the 13 items in question number 1;
- “Yes” to question number 2;
- “Moderate” or “Serious” to question number 3;
If all three of the criteria above have been met your score is a positive for bipolar disorder.
A positive screen should be followed by a comprehensive medical evaluation for Bipolar Spectrum Disorder.
This instrument was developed by a committee composed of the following individuals: Chairman, Robert M.A. Hirschfeld, MD – University of Texas Medical Branch; Joseph R. Calabrese, MD – Case Western Reserve School of Medicine; Laurie Flynn – National Alliance for the Mentally Ill; Paul E. Keck, Jr., MD – University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; Lydia Lewis – National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association; Robert M. Post, MD – National Institute of Mental Health; Gary S. Sachs, MD – Harvard University School of Medicine; Robert L. Spitzer, MD – Columbia University; Janet Williams, DSW – Columbia University and John M. Zajecka, MD – Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center.
1 Hirschfeld, Robert M.A., M.D., Janet B.W. Williams, D.S.W., Robert L. Spitzer, M.D., Joseph R. Calabrese, M.D., Laurie Flynn, Paul E. Keck, Jr., M.D., Lydia Lewis, Susan L. McElroy, M.D., Robert M. Post, M.D., Daniel J. Rapport, M.D., James M. Russell, M.D., Gary S. Sachs, M.D., John Zajecka, M.D., “Development and Validation of a Screening Instrument for Bipolar Spectrum Disorder: The Mood Disorder Questionnaire.” American Journal of Psychiatry 157:11 (November 2000) 1873-1875.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in North London. DBT Group Friday 18:30-20:30
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I provide formal clinical supervision for counsellors and psychotherapists in organisations across the UK.