Bernd is a Consultant Psychotherapist with over three decades of clinical, teaching and supervisory experience.
His initial training in the field took place in Germany - he expanded this through further training in the UK (Judi Keshet-Orr Associates, Gestalt Centre, Metanoia, Gaie Houston, Tavistock Institute) and further afield (the Gestalt Centre Cleveland -US- primarily with Joseph Zinker, Sri Lanka, Holland, Ireland and Italy).
Bernd Leygraf co-founded a number of organisations (London Men's Forum, UK Standing Conference on Sexual Abuse of Men, the Centre for Personal and Professional Development, the Whittington Hospital Psychotherapy Clinic, the Hungarian Gestalt Association, Naos-Institute). He co-authored with Judi Keshet-Orr the first MSc in Humanistic Psychotherapy and the first Masters programme in Psychosexual & Relationship Therapy in the UK. He also authored or co-authored, as well as led, several masters programmes in the UK, primarily at South Bank University, Middlesex University, Westminster and the University of Surrey. He was external examiner to various universities in the UK.
A former Chair of the Professional Standards and Accreditation Board at the European Association for Counselling, and Ethics Committee of COSRT, Bernd is currently Consultant Trainer at the Interfaith Seminary. His trainees, throughout his various teaching engagements, originate from over 40 countries; he is familar with and interested in working with issues of cultural difference. He is fascinated by the work of Mindell and more recent developments in constellation theory. His principal influences in sexological and couples work are David Schnarch, Joseph Zinker, Ellen Bader, Judith Hemming, Joan Lachkar, Judi Keshet-Orr and, as ever, his clients. Bernd is proud to have supported - alongside Judi - a significant number of sex and couples therapists in shaping their own professional identities and careers - both in the UK and further afield; some even have moved into offering specialist sex addiction clinics; others are now trainers in this field in their own right. Bernd is delighted to be (founder and) Honorary Member of the Hungarian Gestalt Association.