- Fee assured
- Verified account
- CBT with Exposure and Response Prevention (CBT with ERP)
- Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Contingency Management
- Mindfulness based CBT
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy
- Trauma focused CBT
- Video and telephone consultations
Dr Berntsen is a Counselling Psychologist and Neuropsychologist with a background in cognitive neuroscience. She provides psychological and neuropsychological assessments and treatments for individuals of all ages and range of concerns.
Her therapeutic approach includes solution focused and short-term interventions such as CBT and mindfulness, and longer term interventions for attachment and trauma.
She has worked for CAMHS neurodevelopmental service, adult inpatient rehabilitation and recovery services focusing on EUPD, complex trauma and psychotic disorders, and private practice working with individual of all ages and with a broad range of challenges.
She also provides specialist treatments for the consequences of stroke, traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative disorders using brain stimulation (TMS and tACS), quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG) and EEG Neurofeedback.
Areas of interest
Mood disorders, anxiety disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders (ASD and ADHD), OCD, trauma and PTSD, relational and attachment problems, eating disorders, oppositional defiance, neurodegenerative conditions, strokes and traumatic brain injuries.
Minimum age 7
CBT, ACT, DBT, mindfulness based interventions, motivational interviewing, psychotherapeutic approaches: Adlerian, Psychodynamic, REBT
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Eating disorders
- Neurological disorders
- Psychophysiological disorders
Current NHS consultant posts held
Currently working in private sector as the lead for psychology services in Psymplicity ltd.
Previous roles in inpatient psychiatric hospitals rehabilitation and recovery service for women with personality disorders under section of MHA; and mixed ward with severe and chronic mental health concerns under section of MHA.
Previous NHS CAMHS Neurodevelopmental team in Lewisham.
Neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, neurodegenerative disorders, brain stimulation, tES, TMS, EEG, and neurofeedback.
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Norwegian - Native or bilingual
Berntsen, M., Cooper, C., & Romei, V. (2019). Emotional valence modulates low beta suppression and recognition of social interactions. Journal of Psychophysiology, DOI: 10.1027/0269-8803/a000251
Berntsen, M., Cooper, C., Hughes, G. & Romei, V. (2019). Transcranial alternating current stimulation to the inferior frontal gyrus improves motor sequence reproduction. Behavioural Brain Research. 361, 39-49.
Berntsen, M., Cooper, C., & Romei, V. (2017). Transcranial alternating current stimulation to the inferior parietal lobe decreases mu-suppression to egocentric but not allocentric hands movements. Neuroscience, 344, 124-132.
Haigh, S., Barningham, L., Berntsen, M., Coutts, L., Hobbs, E., Irabor, J., Lever, E., Tang, P., & Wilkins, A. (2013). Discomfort and the cortical heamodynamic response to coloured gratings. Vision Research, 89, 47-53.
Uller, C., Uruqhart, C., Lewis, J. & Berntsen, M. (2013). Ten-month-old infants' reaching choices for 'more': number versus inter-stimulus distance. Frontiers in Psychology, 4.
- MA Counselling Psychology Adler University 2012
- BSc Psychology University of Essex 2010
- PhD Neuropsychology University of Essex 2016
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Counselling Psychologist HCPC 2019
- Chartered Psychologist BPS 2019
- Esher Groves Ltd13-17 Church StreetEsherKT10 8QS
- 12:00 - 17:00
- 020 7118 0407
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.