- 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
- Short Term Psychodynamic Therapy
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy
- Trauma focused CBT
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health services
- Video and telephone consultations
Dr Berntsen is a Consultant Psychologist and Neuropsychologist. She provides assessments for and treatments for individuals over the age of 6 years old for most psychological, psychiatric and neurological problems.
Her therapeutic approach is integrative, using targeting modalities and approaches to suit individual needs. She often use solution focused approaches such as CBT and mindfulness for shorter-term work for more specific difficulties, and psychodynamic approaches for attachment and trauma in longer term work.
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 provides services to children over the age of 6 years old and adults including: neuropsychological and neurocognitive assessments, ADHD and ASD assessments, personality disorder assessment, and general psychological assessments. 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 for individual therapy is 10. For younger children, I tend to do more work with the family around the child.
CBT, ACT, DBT, mindfulness based interventions, motivational interviewing, psychotherapeutic approaches: Adlerian, Psychodynamic, REBT
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Neurological disorders
- Psychophysiological disorders
Current NHS consultant posts held
Lewisham CAMHS Neurodevelopmental team
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
- PhD Neuropsychology University of Essex 2016
- BSc Psychology University of Essex 2010
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Chartered Psychologist BPS 2019
- Counselling Psychologist HCPC 2019
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.
Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)
Psychology session - (>50)
ASD or ADHD assessment - (5-50)
Neurodiversity Assessment - (1-5)