About Dr Berntsen
Dr. Berntsen aims to understand a person as a whole, considering biopsychosocial factors and how unique life experiences shape thoughts, behaviors, and goals. Her work is designed to help people realise their potential, build individual strength, and develop confidence and skills that enable them to treat themselves.
Dr Berntsen completed her clinical degree and training at the Adler University in Chicago, USA in 2012 and later gained a PhD in Neuropsychology from University of Essex in 2016, which focussed on the relationship between brain activation patterns and behaviour.
Since then, she published a number of scientific papers in neurophysiology and cognitive neuroscience and are currently in the process of preparing another manuscript for publication describing the cognitive and neurophysiological markers of ADHD and developing a new psychometric assessment tool for ADHD.
Her clinical experience include NHS CAMHS neurodevelopmental service, adult inpatient rehabilitation and recovery services for individuals with chronic and severe mental health problems, as well as private practice working with children and adults with psychiatric disorders, neurodegenerative conditions, strokes and brain injuries. Most recently, she was the Director of Psychological Services in a UK based private mental health company.
Career and Expertise
Dr Berntsen has specialist understanding of brain and behaviour and the psychological and neurophysiological factors influencing cognitive performance and mental health. She has expertise in the recording and interpretation of functional brain activation patterns (EEG, qEEG) and the therapeutic use of brain stimulation (tDCS/tACS and TMS) and neurofeedback.
Her approach to merge neuroscience with clinical practice is novel and innovative, using brain-computer interface and commercially available technology to improve assessments, diagnostics and treatments.