The Berne Institute Counselling & Psychotherapy Practice
The Berne Counselling & Psychotherapy Practice is located within the internationally renowned training centre for Transactional Analysis, The Berne Institute.
We are a growing practice and provide counselling and psychotherapy to individuals, couples and groups. We can help with a variety of issues including stress, anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship issues, trauma, personal growth and development.
Appointments are available from 9am until 8pm during the week.
Prices for a 1 hour individual appointment start at £35. We offer several spaces at a reduced rate for students, those on a low income, unemployed and those financially affected by COVID-19.
All our practitioners are committed to providing a caring, professional and confidential service for our clients.
Training, qualifications & experience
Chrissie Hosking MA PTSTA(P) DipSup
I am a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor, supervisor, trainer and coach. I have worked within the NHS and voluntary sectors of the health service (as an occupational therapist, dietician and counsellor), mainly in the area of mental health.
I am a Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst and a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist. I am also an accredited consultant in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing). I have had an independent psychotherapy practice since 1998.
I work within therapeutic relationships to encourage people to discover and live out their own and recognise others’ essential OKness, as well as discovering and taking hold of their own potential in life. My interests include: health-related issues, e.g. stress, overeating and infertility; trauma; personal growth and development. I am able to offer psychotherapy, supervision and training.
Julie Jones BEd PracNLP CertCouns CTA(P)
I am a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and teacher. I have over 25 years’ experience working in mental health within the NHS, the voluntary sector and tertiary education as psychotherapist, counsellor and tutor.
I am a Certified Transactional Analyst in the Psychotherapy field, a Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist. I have also completed the training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing). I have had an independent psychotherapy practice since 1994.
I work within therapeutic relationships to encourage people to make new meanings of life experiences by discovering a deeper understanding of themselves and through that process to make changes that lead to a joyful and fulfilling life. My interests include relationship; stress and anxiety; depression; trauma; health benefits of meditation; personal growth and development. I promote the benefits of meditation to overall health and the achievement of goals.
Sharon Baker BSc (Hons)
I have a diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling and am in advanced clinical training in Transactional Analysis psychotherapy. Among the issues I work with are bereavement, relationship issues, stress, anxiety, depression, confidence building and coming to terms with a long or chronic illness. Everyone can face challenges and difficulties in life sometimes. I can provide a safe space for you to talk through your difficulties, explore your feelings and help you cope.
Charlene Robinson BA PGCert PGDip MA
I support and empower women to live the life they most want to live using counselling and psychotherapy.
It may be that past trauma is affecting your present, your relationships feel unhealthy, you are always putting on a brave face or that you want to understand yourself better. Therapy is a great way to maintain good mental health.
For 20+ years I have worked exclusively in the supportive professions providing mental health and drug and alcohol support within the NHS, voluntary organisations and charities. I have experience facilitating a women’s group and as a counsellor at a Women’s Centre.
I am in advanced clinical training at the Berne Institute
My aim is to be safe and supportive to you.
Being a member of the legal profession for more than twenty years has taught me that I am able to stay calm under pressure and with difficult subjects. I hope that this means that I have the depth to 'hold' you through difficult times.
I also realise that I have developed an analytical and accurate mind. My therapy journey began some years ago, when I realised that my job as a lawyer was not fulfilling me. Consequently, added to the analytical and the accuracy is the empathetic, the all important magic ingredient to understanding.
So, I am a bit of a mixed bag. Some might say a full range of 88 keys (I am also very musical).
I am in advanced training at the Berne.
I believe in the capacity of every person to live authentically and wholeheartedly and be true to who they are. Everyone goes through difficult periods where life seems to go off the rails, and sometimes we need a bit of help to find our balance again. Counselling and psychotherapy help us process uncomfortable or painful experiences, and they can also put us more deeply in touch with who we are, enabling us to live a richer, fuller life.
I use a flexible, empathic approach that is tailored to what my clients need, creating an open, transparent and supportive environment where I work in partnership with my clients towards agreed goals. I see psychotherapy as a process of finding and celebrating the unique spirit of every individual.
I have a BA (Hons) degree in psychology and a Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling, with experience in working with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, workplace challenges and trauma. I work with individuals as well as couples. I usually offer face to face sessions in London, and see clients online if they are based elsewhere.
I offer a free 30 minute initial consultation and am also offering reduced rates to people whose income has been impacted by the pandemic.
Sarah Clowes Barron.
My name is Sarah, I am currently in my final year of advanced TA psychotherapy training. Psychotherapy offers a safe space for individuals to explore their own histories and overcome life's challenges. I am experienced in 1:1 and group therapy both offering a unique experience and opportunity to grow. I work with the therapeutic relationship to help people realise their full potential, process losses and begin to live free from repeated destructive behaviours. I meet people from all different backgrounds and take pride in adapting to the diverse needs of the individual.
I have a history in caring for special needs children, this is where my career and passion for therapy began, since then I have had numerous support roles. I have worked in the criminal justice system since 2011 and specialise in treatment of addiction not only to substances but behavioural addiction too. I am trauma informed and have a sound understanding of mental illness. My interests are codependency, symptoms of trauma, spirituality, anger, fear and shame.
I am based in the St. Albans area of Hertfordshire, currently all my sessions are held remotely via Zoom or telephone making access to therapy easier for many people. However, if you would prefer face to face counselling please take my location into account. I offer a free initial session offering you the chance to see if I am the right person for you.
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.
UK Association for Transactional Analysis
UKATA (formally the Institute of Transactional Analysis) is the national UK Transactional Analysis organisation representing all fields of TA theory and practice. TA can be used as an effective tool in a wide range of contexts such as: personal development, management, coaching, counselling, psychotherapy, teaching, education, parenting and more.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Prices for a 1 hour individual appointment start at £35.
We offer a number of spaces at a reduced rate to students, those on a low income, the unemployed and those financially affected by COVID-19
Concessions offered for
We have off street parking available.