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About me

Hi I’m Bernie,

I work with people to help them come to terms with their problems, so they can move on and have better lives. Better still, through facing their problems in counselling, I find most people I work with grow stronger emotionally, psychologically and intellectually. This way they become more self-reliant and able to cope better with any future challenges that come their way.

You are at the heart of my practice, so the foundation of my work is client centred and humanistic. This means you can expect to be accepted as you are, with empathy and without judgement, and for me to be open and genuine with you.

There’s no magic approach to therapy that works for everyone. So I trained as an “integrative” practitioner. This means I studied a range of therapies, and bring the parts that I think are most useful together, in the way that I believe will work best for each unique person.

I’ve studied several excellent traditional and contemporary therapies, and am qualified to integrate them into my practice. I’m interested in philosophy too, and find it has a lot to offer in therapy.

I’m also highly qualified and well experienced as a coach. This gives us lots of options for how we can approach things, and we can talk about this and decide what works best for you.

A little about me: I began work in this field 17 years ago. Over these years I studied for two Masters level qualifications (an MSc and a Post Grad Diploma), and gained practical training & experience within the NHS. Before this I had another career, working around the world, with many successes and challenges. I faced big personal challenges too. Working through them, with help at times, was life changing. So I know how well counselling and therapy can work, from both sides. I come from a big family, and I’m father to three children. All of this contributes to who I am, and what I can bring to my work.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Post Graduate Diploma, Integrative Counselling and Coaching (Distinction), School of Psychology, University of East London
  • Master of Science Degree, Coaching and Behavioural Change, Henley Business School, University of Reading
  • Certificate in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)
  • NHS (Tier 1) Counsellor training and Supervision
  • Honorary Counsellor, NHS

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Assessment Session

(50 minutes) £75

Counselling Session

(50 minutes) £60 - £120*

*Choose what you feel comfortable paying

Personal Coaching Session

(90 minutes) £150

Coaching for Organisations

Please call to discuss your requirements

Further information

What you can expect when we first meet

In your first session, I’ll help you feel comfortable to be yourself with me. You’ll be able to tell me what’s been going on, and how it’s a problem for you. I’ll ask some questions to make sure I understand you as well as possible, and you can ask me any questions you have, too. It will be a chance for us to begin to get to know each other.

You sometimes hear these referred to as “assessment sessions”, which is true, because I’ll be assessing your situation and how I can best help you; at the same time, you’ll be assessing me, to be sure I’m the right therapist for you. If you’ve got a lot to tell me, it may take longer than one session, and that’s ok, we can continue next time. We’ll talk about what you want from counselling so we can be sure we’re on the same page, and we’ll agree how we’re going to work together.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


I am available from Monday to Saturday, with first appointments starting at 9:00 a.m. to latest appointments starting at 7:00 p.m.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Bernie Forde MSc MBACP

Bernie Forde MSc MBACP