Dr. Peter Berger, MBACP / CPsychol

Dr. Peter Berger, MBACP / CPsychol

Orion House
104-106 Cranbrook Road
Suite 121

0208 636 1615 / 07834 352260

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Orion House
104-106 Cranbrook Road
Suite 121

0208 636 1615 / 07834 352260

About me

I am a USA trained Chartered Psychologist offering Counselling and psycho-therapy for folks with major mental illness needing recovery support and talking therapies. I also help people, couples, and familes communicate and resolve disputes and conflicts. I help parents work with their teens and teens with their parents. Learning to communicate is always a key to solving problems. I also do intensive relaxation training using evidence based biofeedback treatment and meditation.

I do psychological services in the following areas:

Individual and group counselling / psychotherapy
Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) a cognitive-behavioural therapy
Actualization Counselling (An integrative model)
Psychological testing and expert assessment reports
Vocational and Career Counselling
Social Care staff development courses
Positive Behaviour Support- (Learning Disabilities)
Carer's support- families of the disabled
Biofeedback assisted stress reduction therapy (www.biofeedback-for-stress.com)

My aim is to enable and empower so those I see learn their own successful ways to cope with the challenges life throws out.

My approach to counselling is not about jargon, diagnoses, and calling you names you don’t understand. I am a plain English guy and neither of us needs fancy speak to understand each other. My aim is to de-mystify counselling and treat people with dignity and respect as equals facing what life brings. My aim is to help move things along and get on a positive track. I give examples of different models I use on my practice web site


I have nine years of university education in the USA culminating in a doctorate in Education and Counselling Psychology. I studied at Northeastern Illinois University and Northern Illinois University. My courses are fully accredited and have been entirely recognised by NARIC and BPS. The approach taken in my course work was very different from that taught here and I feel strongly that the difference offers substantial advantage. My approach is friendly and as informal as possible. Our first guiding principles were openness, honesty, respect, and unconditional positive regard. This means, no matter what your situation, you will find acceptance and the dignity that comes with being a valued customer and respected and valued person.

I bring a wealth of experience and expertise to help people in mental distress or in whatever state of need, or in adverse circumstances. My work is organized from principles of Actualization Counselling. This is an eclectic approach to counselling that integrates a vast array of counselling skills and theories into a cohesive and creative approach formed individually by each counsellor. The model recognises that counsellors are individuals who's styles and approaches will inevitably differ. Actualization Counselling accepts this fact and gives people confidence to explore and widen their knowledge and understanding.

Research Truax & Carkhuff (1966 etc.) shows that, as counsellors become more experienced, their styles and approaches become more and more similar. The point is that, even with all the different theories, abiding principles are shared as life never follows the plan we expect so we must always be flexible.

Training, qualifications & experience

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, USA. Primary interest was forensic and abnormal psychology, and research.
Strong interest in psychotherapy and engaged in-training therapy
Strong interest in therories of personality including 2nd generation Psychoanalysis and client centred counselling

Master of Arts degree in Counselling Northeastern Illinois Universtity Chicago
Strong interest vocational counselling
Strong interest tests and measurements
Strong interst individual and group psychotherapy

Doctor of Education, Ed.D. at Northern Illinois Univesity in DeKalb Illinois
Degree is recognised by NARIC (UK accredited) as equivalant to British Ph.D. standard

Primary interest:

  • individual and group psychotherapy
  • Theories of personailty
  • Community Mental Health
  • Sex Therapies
  • Tests and Measurements - included full research dissertation (defended)

Member organisations


Other areas of counselling I deal with

Positive Behavioral Support for learning disabled people with behaviours of concern. Includes comprehensive assessment, monitoring system, staff training, person centred plan, ongoing monitoring and support for client, familes, formal and informal carers, care staff members.

Training Courses:

Medication & mental Health / Learning Disabilities

Introduction to Counselling

Advanced Empathy Training

Positive Behaviour Support

Pharmacology, harms and interventions for Substance Misuse


Full fee is £80 per hour:

Comprehensive concessions range fees downward to

£ 30 student rate / poverty income
£ 40 working- low income
£ 50 working- average to high income
£ 60 Couple, relationship, family counselling (more than one person)
£ 80 Full fee CBT, Biofeedback, psychology services

Further information

Parking to rear of premisis

Ilford exit off A406

Walk from Ilford Station

Easy Access from Gants Hill or Redbridge Underground (Central Line via Newbury Park branch)- Take any bus toward Ilford

From Redbridge and A12 via "The Drive" to Cranbrook Road

Approch past the "Exchange" Car Park end of road. Turn Right and cross barrier

next left then park on Right befor lights. Or turn into Coventry Road and follow one-way system toward Cranbrook Road. Turn Right into Pay-display off-street parking.

==> Limited number of sessions per week - see web site www.counselling-and-psychology.co.uk

Maps & Directions

Ilford, IG1 4LZ

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None
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