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Dr Monica Berntsen
CPsychol, PhD, MA, BSc
Psychology
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SUBSPECIALTIES

Neuropsychology

REGISTERED WITH

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP):

LANGUAGES

english

CONSULTATION FEES

New appointment: £50-100

About

Dr. Berntsen is a Counsellor and Neuropsychologist specialising cognitive function, behavioural control and post-stroke care. She is a Chartered Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Dr. Berntsen provides individually tailored treatments focusing on the neural origin of cognitive and behavioural problems using brain stimulation, cognitive training, neurofeedback, counselling, and mindfulness meditation.

Treatments can be designed to improve mental health and wellbeing, facilitate cognitive function, learning and sporting performance, and recovery of cognitive and motor functions following stroke and traumatic brain injury.


www.trainingbrains.co.uk

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Medical Procedures

  • Brain Stimulation
  • Neurofeedback
  • Cognitive Training
  • Counselling
  • Mindfulness Meditation

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Special Interests

  • Post-stroke care
  • Impulse control
  • Emotion regulation
  • Mental health and psychiatric conditions
  • ADHD and learning difficulties
  • Chronic pain and fibromyalgia

Education

CPsychol Chartered Psychologist 

PhD Neuropsychology

MA Counselling Psychology

BSc Psychology

Reviews

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

08-01-2019
I have suffered from depression and anxiety for a number of years. In September 2018, I had a particularly bad ‘episode’ of depression to the point of my suicidal thoughts coming back. This was bad! My employer recommended I sought a counsellor and after checking a long list of therapists, I decided to choose Dr Monica Berntsen. This was the best decision I could ever have made! Dr Berntsen suggested to see me twice a week for the first 3 weeks (so, 6 sessions). The treatment included: cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), neurofeedback, brain stimulation and mindfulness meditation. I was astounded to realise that by the 5th session I was experiencing a huge improvement. My suicidal thoughts were long gone. I felt happy. I started to find pleasure in the little things in life again like: reading a book, doing crochet, doing my art, socializing with my friends. Believe it or not, all these things meant nothing to me before – all I wanted was to stay in bed with the covers over my bed. I wanted to go to sleep and only wake up when the awful feelings had passed. Dr Monica has helped me immensely and I am eternally grateful to her. Right from the first session she inspired confidence. I remember noticing how calm she was and how intently she listened to me. It wasn’t long until I came out of our sessions feeling elated - a feeling I hadn’t experienced in a long while. I must point out that, over the years, I have seen several counsellors/psychologists to treat my depression but none has ever offered me this sort of treatment: cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), neurofeedback, brain stimulation and mindfulness meditation. I strongly believe that Dr Monica has provided me with the tools to deal with any issues that come my way in the future. My GP had increased the dose of my anti-depressant from 1 every other day to 2 pills a day. Now, 5 weeks later, I am down to 1 pill every other day again. I am hoping to come off the medication altogether very soon. I have been recommending Dr Monica to anyone I come across that is suffering from depression and anxiety. If she helped me (I considered myself a very difficult case), she can help anybody! Thank you, Monica, from the bottom of my heart. xx

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

20-12-2018
Roughly 3 years ago I suffered a brain haemmorhage. Since then I made a very good recovery, but I still felt a bit defeated by my injury as well as having ongoing issues with my vision. So I decided to seek professional assistance rather than continue with the same outlook. I found Monica online by chance and I am so pleased that this happened. I had not come across some of her techniques before and so I was very excited to give it go. The brain stimulation treatment quickly produced a significant improvement in my eyesight. Over the course of 4 weeks (2 hours a week) my brain frequencies reached a much smoother balance, which has given me a much greater sense of control over my life and a renewed sense of optimism. We also included some lessons in mindfulness which taught me useful techniques I continue to use at home. Monica is a very friendly and caring person and I would recommend her treatments highly!

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

08-11-2018
After looking at all my options I decided I would email Monica and see if she could help. That was 1 of the best decisions of have made in a long time. I made an appointment for an initial meeting and we discussed my issue and all the possible options I had. We agreed to twice weekly meetings for 2 weeks and if we both felt we were making progress we would have extend this for a further 3 weeks. I was initially struck by How calm and patient Monica was and she was explaining everything to me as went along. If I am entirely honest, I still don’t really understand all of the science behind what we did, I just know that it has transformed me and 2/3 months on, I am still feeling the benifits. I would not hesitate to recommend Monica to anyone that is looking for help. .

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

22-08-2018
When I met Monica in early June, I was at a very low ebb. Straight off she was very calm and reassuring and after an initial consultation, proposed a course of 'stabilization' tasks and processes, together with counselling, as my 'skills set' improved. I guess, especially given my state of mind, I was hopeful but possibly a little sceptical.... However, that soon changed, scepticism giving way to optimism...... which is not my usual place at all! Within a couple of weeks, at 2 sessions a week, I was undoubtedly feeling the benefit. I was amazed at how effective I was finding the treatment and how it cut straight to the bone of my specific issues. I completed the six week course recommended and was again amazed at the progress I'd made within such a short space of time. Start of June I thought I was a lost cause..... by the end of July, I knew I wasn't..... Thank you Monica for helping me.. :o)

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