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About me

I work using a range of therapeutic modalities, though I primarily practice using a CBT approach. The therapy I offer is time-limited and goal-directed.

I work in a collaborative way with people and try to help them with the whole spectrum of difficulties that they are experiencing, such as depression, anxiety, managing physical health conditions, relationship problems, procrastination, sexual problems, etc. I have worked with people from a broad range of backgrounds, sexualities, and ethnicities. I pride myself on developing good working alliances with whoever I am seeing.

I am a Chartered Psychologist (BPS), a HCPC-registered Practitioner Psychologist, a BABCP-accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, and I am on the BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors.

I am able to treat face-to-face or using video calling. I am also a recognised provider with several insurance companies (see website).

Pre-assessment no-fee phone or video call

Before arranging to meet for an assessment, it is best for us to speak with each other on phone or via the Internet. I can answer any questions you might have and I will try to get a sense of whether I might be able to help you with your difficulties.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Practitioner Doctorate in Counselling Psychology London Metropolitan University 2008
  • Postgraduate Practitioner Diploma in Counselling Psychology London Metropolitan University 2004
  • MSc Counselling Psychology London Metropolitan University 2002
  • BSc Psychology London Metropolitan University 2001

Registrations with professional bodies

  • Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC
  • Fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the BABCP
  • Chartered Psychologist with the BPS
  • Associate Fellow with the BPS
  • Chartered Scientist with the BPS
  • Registered and Approved Supervisor with the BPS


My working experience has been predominately in the NHS. I worked for nine years in the Fatigue Service at the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Foundation Trust (six of which were in the role of Therapy Lead for the MDT). I have also worked for over 18 years in HIV mental health for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, treating adults with a wide range of difficulties.

I have provided training for IAPT services (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies [NHS]) and supervised over 30 clinicians from a variety of disciplines. I have also co-authored a CBT self-help book for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as well as published a range of research articles in peer-reviewed journals. I also work at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (King's College London) where I am conducting research to develop new treatments for people who experience distress and have Parkinson's disease.

Journal Articles

  • Alma, L., Spada, M. M., Fernie, B. A., Yilmaz-Samanci, A. E., Caselli, G., & Nikcevic, A. V. (2018, Jan). Metacognitions in smoking: Evidence from a cross-cultural validation of the metacognitions about smoking questionnaire in a Turkish sample. Psychiatry Res, 259, 160-168. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2017.10.015
  • Brown, R. G., & Fernie, B. A. (2015, Feb). Metacognitions, anxiety, and distress related to motor fluctuations in Parkinson's disease. J Psychosom Res, 78(2), 143-148. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2014.09.021
  • Caselli, G., Fernie, B. A., Canfora, F., Mascolo, C., Ferrari, A., Antonioni, M., Giustina, L., Donato, G., Marcotriggiani, A., Bertani, A., Altieri, A., Pellegrini, E., & Spada, M. M. (2018, Jan 10). The Metacognitions about Gambling Questionnaire: Development and psychometric properties. Psychiatry Res, 261, 367-374. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2018.01.018
  • Crawford, C., Burns, J., & Fernie, B. A. (2015, Oct-Nov). Psychosocial impact of involvement in the Special Olympics. Res Dev Disabil, 45-46, 93-102. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2015.07.009
  • Fernie, B. A., Aoun, A., Kollmann, J., Spada, M. M., & Nikcevic, A. V. (2019, Jul). Transcultural, transdiagnostic, and concurrent validity of a revised metacognitions about symptoms control scale. Clin Psychol Psychother, 26(4), 471-482. https://doi.org/10.1002/cpp.2367
  • Fernie, B. A., Bharucha, Z., Nikcevic, A. V., Marino, C., & Spada, M. M. (2017, Mar 1). A Metacognitive model of procrastination. J Affect Disord, 210, 196-203. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2016.12.042
  • Fernie, B. A., Bharucha, Z., Nikcevic, A. V., & Spada, M. M. (2016). The Unintentional Procrastination Scale. Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 35(2), 136-149. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10942-016-0247-x    
  • Fernie, B. A., Caselli, G., Giustina, L., Donato, G., Marcotriggiani, A., & Spada, M. M. (2014, Apr). Desire thinking as a predictor of gambling. Addict Behav, 39(4), 793-796. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.01.010    
  • Fernie, B. A., Fung, A., & Nikcevic, A. V. (2016, Nov 15). Different coping strategies amongst individuals with grandiose and vulnerable narcissistic traits. J Affect Disord, 205, 301-305. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2016.08.009
  • Fernie, B. A., Kollmann, J., & Brown, R. G. (2015, May). Cognitive behavioural interventions for depression in chronic neurological conditions: a systematic review. J Psychosom Res, 78(5), 411-419. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2015.02.012
  • Fernie, B. A., Kopar, U. Y., Fisher, P. L., & Spada, M. M. (2018, Nov). Further development and testing of the metacognitive model of procrastination: Self-reported academic performance. J Affect Disord, 240, 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2018.07.018
  • Fernie, B. A., Maher-Edwards, L., Murphy, G., Nikcevic, A. V., & Spada, M. M. (2015, Sep-Oct). The Metacognitions about Symptoms Control Scale: Development and Concurrent Validity. Clin Psychol Psychother, 22(5), 443-449. https://doi.org/10.1002/cpp.1906  
  • Fernie, B. A., McKenzie, A.-M., Nikčević, A. V., Caselli, G., & Spada, M. M. (2015). The Contribution of Metacognitions and Attentional Control to Decisional Procrastination. Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 34(1), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10942-015-0222-y
  • Fernie, B. A., Murphy, G., Wells, A., Nikcevic, A. V., & Spada, M. M. (2016, Jul). Treatment Outcome and Metacognitive Change in CBT and GET for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Behav Cogn Psychother, 44(4), 397-409. https://doi.org/10.1017/S135246581500017X
  • Fernie, B. A., & Spada, M. M. (2008). Metacognitions about procrastination: A preliminary investigation. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 36(03), 359-364.      
  • Fernie, B. A., Spada, M. M., & Brown, R. G. (2019a). Impact of a brief auditory attention training on a modified colour-word Stroop task in a high anxiety and worry sample. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 31(3), 303-316. https://doi.org/10.1080/20445911.2019.1612408
  • Fernie, B. A., Spada, M. M., & Brown, R. G. (2019b, Jun). Motor fluctuations and psychological distress in Parkinson's disease. Health Psychol, 38(6), 518-526. https://doi.org/10.1037/hea0000736
  • Fernie, B. A., Spada, M. M., Nikčević, A. V., Georgiou, G. A., & Moneta, G. B. (2009). Metacognitive Beliefs About Procrastination: Development and Concurrent Validity of a Self-Report Questionnaire. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 23(4), 283-293. https://doi.org/10.1891/0889-8391.23.4.283
  • Fernie, B. A., Spada, M. M., Ray Chaudhuri, K., Klingelhoefer, L., & Brown, R. G. (2015, Dec). Thinking about motor fluctuations: An examination of metacognitions in Parkinson's disease. J Psychosom Res, 79(6), 669-673. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2015.05.001  
  • Fernie, B. A., Wright, T., Caselli, G., Nikčević, A. V., & Spada, M. M. (2015). Metacognitions as Mediators of Gender Identity‐related Anxiety. Clin Psychol Psychother.      
  • Kollmann, J., Gollwitzer, M., Spada, M. M., & Fernie, B. A. (2016, Apr). The association between metacognitions and the impact of Fibromyalgia in a German sample. J Psychosom Res, 83, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2016.02.002
  • Lindberg, A., Fernie, B. A., & Spada, M. M. (2011, Mar). Metacognitions in problem gambling. Journal of Gambling Studies, 27(1), 73-81. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10899-010-9193-1  
  • Maher-Edwards, L., Fernie, B. A., Murphy, G., Nikcevic, A. V., & Spada, M. M. (2012, Nov-Dec). Metacognitive factors in chronic fatigue syndrome. Clin Psychol Psychother, 19(6), 552-557. https://doi.org/10.1002/cpp.757  
  • Maher-Edwards, L., Fernie, B. A., Murphy, G., Wells, A., & Spada, M. M. (2011, Apr). Metacognitions and negative emotions as predictors of symptom severity in chronic fatigue syndrome. J Psychosom Res, 70(4), 311-317. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2010.09.016    
  • Marino, C., Vieno, A., Lenzi, M., Fernie, B. A., Nikčević, A. V., & Spada, M. M. (2016). Personality Traits and Metacognitions as Predictors of Positive Mental Health in College Students. Journal of Happiness Studies. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10902-016-9825-y
  • Spada, M. M., Caselli, G., Fernie, B. A., Manfredi, C., Boccaletti, F., Dallari, G., Gandini, F., Pinna, E., Ruggiero, G. M., & Sassaroli, S. (2015, Aug). Desire thinking: A risk factor for binge eating? Eat Behav, 18, 48-53. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2015.03.013
  • Spada, M. M., Caselli, G., Fernie, B. A., Nikčević, A. V., Ruggiero, G. M., Boccaletti, F., Dallari, G., & Sassaroli, S. (2015). Metacognitions about desire thinking predict the severity of binge eating in a sample of Italian women. Eating and Weight Disorders-Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity, 1-8.
  • Spada, M. M., Gay, H., Nikčevic, A. V., Fernie, B. A., & Caselli, G. (2016). Meta‐cognitive beliefs about worry and pain catastrophising as mediators between neuroticism and pain behaviour. Clinical Psychologist, 20(3), 138-146.  
  • Spada, M. M., Giustina, L., Rolandi, S., Fernie, B. A., & Caselli, G. (2015, Sep). Profiling Metacognition in Gambling Disorder. Behav Cogn Psychother, 43(5), 614-622. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1352465814000101
  • Tanwani, P., Fernie, B. A., Nikcevic, A. V., & Spada, M. M. (2015, Feb 28). A systematic review of treatments for Impulse Control Disorders and related behaviours in Parkinson's disease. Psychiatry Res, 225(3), 402-406. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2014.12.005      


  • Fernie, B.A. & Murphy, G. (2009). Coping Better with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: CBT for CFS/ME, Karnac Books: London

Editorial work

I am on the editorial board of Addictive Behaviours and I have served as a reviewer for this journal as well as for Addictive Behaviours Report, European Journal of Neurology, Journal of Affective Disorders, Journal of Rational-Emotive Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, the Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, General Hospital Psychiatry, and Psychiatry Research.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.

BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.


Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

Assessment (up to 1.5 hours and including assessment report) = £140
Therapy (50 minutes) = £110

Video call or phone call
Assessment (up to 1.5 hours and including assessment report) = £120
Therapy (50 minutes) = £100


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Further information

I treat adults only (18+ years)


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I am a HCPC-registered Counselling Psychologist, a fully accredited BABCP CBT practitioner, and I am on the BPS Register of Approved Psychology Practice Supervisors.

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Dr Bruce Fernie - psychologist, CBT practitioner, supervisor, and researcher

Dr Bruce Fernie - psychologist, CBT practitioner, supervisor, and researcher