Welcome to my website. I hope you find it helpful.
If you are looking for a Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT), Couples Counsellor or Family Therapist in Hampstead, Highgate, East Finchley, Muswell Hill or the surrounding areas in North West London, please contact me in confidence on 07711 746260.
Whatever your reason for seeking counselling it is often very difficult to take that first step and finding the right counsellor can feel like a very daunting prospect. I would like to make the process a little easier for you.
Who am I?
I am a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and CBT therapist with 20 years experience. I draw on a psychodynamic approach and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) including the use of mindfulness techniques. I work in a very individual way with each client, focussing on what you would like to gain from counselling. I work one to one with adults and also with teenagers aged 14 upwards. I also work with couples, families and groups. I am a qualified supervisor and provide supervision to both trainee and qualified therapists. I work from 2 locations in North West London; based in the heart of Hampstead village and Highgate and in close proximity to Belsize Park, Muswell Hill and East Finchley.
If you want to know a little more about me please view the two short videos on my 'About Me' page.
Why are you considering counselling?
You may consider having counselling for a variety of reasons; it could be due to depression, bereavement, anxiety, relationship difficulties, family issues, low self-esteem, mental health problems or any number of other issues. It may be just because you may want someone to talk to, who is non judgemental.
You may be considering seeing a therapist to seek advice, however therapy is more about helping you come to your own conclusions than having the therapist make decisions for you. My role is to help you to learn to make the right decisions for yourself.
How can counselling help?
For many people counselling is an opportunity to talk about and explore issues in a safe and non-judgemental space. It is so important to find the right counsellor for you. For that reason, I offer a 30 minute free consultation so we can meet face to face and you can have an opportunity to ask me questions in person about the way I work. Please also look at my 'About me' page to see some video footage of me.
Psychotherapy and counselling work best when you are able to apply the insights you’ve learned during the session to the rest of your week. I may set weekly homework ( if this is something you are comfortable with) so you can write down important pointers and thoughts that may be troubling you in order to explore certain areas of your life further.
Couples Counselling in Hampstead and Highgate
I am a qualified couples counsellor in Hampstead and Highgate in North West London, offering relationship counselling in the surrounding area.
This provides an opportunity for couples (heterosexual, gay, parent & child) to explore potentially difficult issues within their relationship in a safe and comfortable environment.
In order to decide which type of counselling is right for you I offer a 30 minute introductory session free of charge in my Hampstead and Highgate locations.
Counselling in the Workplace
The impact of stress and anxiety affects the quality of work in your office as well as productivity and staff turnover. A stressful or unsupportive working environment can lead to unmotivated, negative employees.
My team can offer your business our expertise using tailor made solutions produced specifically for your employees to enable them to share and overcome their problems in a safe confidential environment.
We can offer:
• Individual or group counselling
• Mediation and conflict resolution
• Training and development using mindfulness techniques
We can provide long or short-term support that is solution-focused, giving your employees the tools to help them manage their stress and anxiety and be more productive and content at work.
Our aim will be to work with you to create a positive, happy and relaxed working environment.
Please contact me to discuss your requirements.
Supervision & Counselling for Counsellors/Psychotherapists and trainees
I have very limited availability for daytime reduced rate sessions in Hampstead.
These sessions are suitable for counsellors & trainee counsellors looking for personal counselling and/or supervision.
Skype & FaceTime sessions now available
I am offer Skype or FaceTime sessions in addition to face to face sessions for existing clients who cannot attend some sessions.
These sessions must be booked in advance. Please contact me for more details.
Latest news for 2016
Six Week Courses starting in 2016 in Hampstead & Highgate
A chance for men and women to talk freely in a safe and contained environment about their experiences. these could include anxiety, depression, self harm and eating disorders. A course of six, 75 minute sessions is in a relaxed, informal setting allowing you to share experiences and gain and provide support for each other with the guidance of a BACP-qualified therapist.
Please contact me to book your place
"It is easy to see that Mandi is a natural in her profession and I would happily recommend her to anyone!".
Thank you Mandi!
You really helped us through a difficult time, we were in a real crisis and could see no way out. Thank you for helping us find a way. Through your gentle expertise we learnt to listen and communicate. We could not have got here without you. PT
I had a lot of very difficult work issues to deal with and could not get any clarity. I was beginning to suffer from stress, anxiety and even felt signs of panic attacks.
Mandi helped me to find that much needed clarity and the situation at work really began to improve over time. 10 months on I feel very positive, after years of negative thinking I have a new lease of life. I still see Mandi from time to time and it really helps ‘checking in’ when I need to. I know she is always there and that is very reassuring. KD
Friends had recommended Mandi as we felt we needed some couples counselling and general family therapy. We were quite sceptical but Mandi put us at ease and gained our confidence in her almost immediately. After a few sessions we really felt we were making a difference, not only in our relationship but also in the family dynamic. The homework really helped, we felt it was tailor made for us rather than generic homework sheets which I had been given when I had individual counselling from the NHS in the past. We feel we have the tools now to manage difficult times, we not only have we learnt to diffuse explosive situations but often pre-empt them and avoid them entirely. Life is much better.
Mandi is an accomplished and skilful family and couples therapist. Highly recommended
I tried 3 different therapists in the North West London area. I didn’t seem to click with any of them, too young, too old, too judgemental. I was beginning to think that therapy wasn’t for me, although I know I had issues to deal with.
Then my friend recommended Mandi Simons whom he had been seeing for around a year. As soon as I walked in, I immediately felt comfortable and Mandi really helped put me at ease. After the first session I felt a weight I had been carrying around had been lifted, although I know there was work to do I was ready and strangely excited to face the challenge. Several months down the line I feel very differently about life and although its not necessarily easier I feel I am stronger and I have the tools to face difficult situations. I can now embrace positivity.
I wanted to share my positive experience with anyone who is ambivalent about therapy or his or her therapist. Go and see Mandi, you will know what I mean. Thank you Mandi.
I approached Mandi Simons for some workplace counselling after being recommended to her by a business colleague. I run a small business with around 15 staff. There was an air of negativity in the office environment and staff were suffering from post Christmas blues.
Mandi and her colleague came in to our office to run some mindfulness training sessions. The staff loved it and it brought some much need energy into the office environment. I have booked them again for a refresher.
Would definitely recommend.
We were looking for a couples counsellor in North West London, Mandi came very highly recommended to us. We have been seeing her for weekly for the past year and she has literally helped us turn our marriage around. We have learnt how to communicate with each other whilst listening to the others point of view and for the first time in years we remember what we first saw in each other. Mandi has a real eye for detail and somehow makes even the most difficult subjects ok to talk about.
Thank you Mandi we are indebted!
"Mandi has helped me on and off with anxiety issues over the last couple of years, applying a range of effective therapies. She has a relaxed but professional approach that I would recommend to anyone. Although I don’t see her regularly at the moment, I know the door is always open if I need to go back for a couple of sessions" TA
I am such a different person since having sessions with Mandi. She provides a relaxing environment in which you can openly share your thoughts and experiences without judgement. I find myself leaving the sessions feeling lighter, like a heavy weight has been lifted. I feel more confident taking on new challenges and have made much progress in my mental health since my experience working with Mandi.
"I started seeing Mandi in 2013, I had never had counselling before and was unsure if it was right for me. I tried 2-3 different therapists but Mandi immediately made me feel comfortable. She has a warm attentive, insightful and yet pragmatic approach. Her experience and wisdom shine through. I saw some younger therapists and they just don’t get it because they don’t have client or life experience.
I know she really listens to everything I say and she has an amazing memory for detail!
Mandi helped me work through some really difficult issues and after a few months I found that I was able to manage and enjoy life so much more.
I still see Mandi from time to time, its very reassuring to know I can see her for a ‘refresher’ session or two. She is a brilliant therapist and I couldn’t recommend her enough. Thanks Mandi!"
"A few years ago I was going through some big life changing experiences and suffered from social anxiety. Mandi provided me with the right tools and coping mechanisms to help get me get through what I considered to be a difficult time in my life. Fast forward a few years and I have now been seeing Mandi over the past year to help me cope with a tragic bereavement which nobody could ever have prepared for. Without the support and re-assurance from Mandi I don't think I would be where I am today - she has helped me to live my life again and has re-ignited my hope for a happier future when all hope seemed lost. Mandi is a great listener, offers sound and sensible advice without judgement, and has given me the confidence to live and breathe again" Jen.
"Mandi helped me get through a very difficult period by providing me with a supportive environment in which to discuss my feelings. Mandi encouraged me to examine events in my life and the feelings associated with them from a different perspective, allowing me to get to know myself a little bit better. She is relaxed but professional, and her friendly and non-judgemental nature made me feel very comfortable.”
"I've been meaning for a while to contact you to express my appreciation @ how you helped me.
Amazingly, I was awarded a 1st for my viva. Since March I've been working for the Stroke Association + loving it. My confidence has increased + I'm more self-aware + much less anxious. Thank you!"
"I had never had counselling before I consulted Mandi at what was a particularly stressful period of my life. In my forties, I was naturally apprehensive about speaking to a complete stranger about myself. I had heard stories from friends whose counsellors hardly said a word during sessions, which was not what I wanted. Mandi listens actively and has a pragmatic approach which I liked. I immediately felt very comfortable talking to Mandi and I felt relaxed and safe during our sessions. In the short term, Mandi allowed me to off load and I always felt as though a weight had lifted after sessions. In the longer term, Mandi helped me to recognise the entrenched negative patterns which had been preventing me from reaching my potential in life. I would not hesitate to recommend Mandi to anyone who is considering counselling".
"Mandi was very helpful when it came to improving our communication and also understanding the reasons why we sometimes react the way we do. Her approach is practical, not simply providing an analysis of 'why', but sharing tools and exercises for how to do things better. Realistically it is difficult to apply these in every situation, but we now feel better equipped to deal with stressful situations. Mandi's consulting rooms are very comfortable and her approach is informal which we prefer. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mandi for Relationship Counselling"
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