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Dr Monica Berntsen
CPsychol, PhD, MA, BSc
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British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP): 32639
British Psychological Society: 470550
Health Care and Professional Council: PYL36943




New appointment: £50-100


Dr. Berntsen is a Counselling Psychologist and Neuropsychologist providing specialist treatments for neuro-rehabilitation, mental health and behavioural control. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), she is a a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a registered Counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

She helps people regain functioning lost after stroke, brain damage and as a consequence of neurodegenerative disorders using brain stimulation and training. This approach has been very successful and gives hope to individuals told that functioning lost after 1 year cannot be retrieved. 

She also provides counselling to individuals of all ages and for any reason. She is trained in all counselling and psychotherapy approaches and provides treatments to suit individual needs. She has 6 years of experience helping people reach their goal in private practice. 

For a more targeted approach, she also provides treatments focusing on brain functioning using brain stimulation, cognitive training, neurofeedback and mindfulness based exercises to improve behavioural control and mental health. This approach has been successful on a wide range of problems given the emphasis on changing the brain to change behaviour.


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Special Interests

  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Behavioural control
  • Emotion regulation
  • Mental health


Counselling Psychologist (HCPC) 

Chartered Psychologist (BPS)

Counsellor (BACP)

PhD Neuropsychology

MA Counselling Psychology

BSc Psychology



Dr Berntsen has an incredible understanding of brain and behaviour. This is the best practitioner I have ever gone to. She is very competent and knowledgeable. I never realised that I could learn to control my negative behaviour. The technique she taught me only made sense after I earned it so I was very pleased that I went along with it. Gaining control over my self has changed my life. I now feel that I can cope with anything and I am no longer worrying about my thoughts and emotions.


I have suffered severely with chronic depression and anxiety for the last 12 years. I also suffered with an eating disorder and post natal depression many years ago. Last December I had yet another recurring episode of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. I was looking for a Psychologist and a Counsellor whom I could see on a long term regular basis that would provide me with strategies and stability. I saw Dr Bernsten for an initial consultation and really felt that she could offer me this. Since then I have had a regular weekly appointment with Dr Bernsten and have utilised many of the strategies she has taught me and we reinforce these weekly. Not only has Dr Bernsten taught me strategies through CBT and mindfulness, that I use on a daily basis, I have had regular brain stimulation, initially weekly and then daily for two weeks. Dr Bernsten has recorded my brain activity on a very regular basis and has explained to me what the changing results show each time. Dr Bernsten and I have developed a professional relationship over the last few months and week by week I have felt more stable and in control of my thoughts and actions. Since January when I began to see Dr Bernsten, this has been the longest period of time that I have been mentally well and stable for, in the last 12 years. I would highly recommend Dr Bernsten. She is extremely professional and has an excellent manner. She is very knowledgeable, reassuring and adaptable. I am looking forward to continuing my treatment programme with her and I feel very fortunate to be one of her clients.


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


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!


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. .


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)