Update-Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policy-Video Sessions-October 2020
Coronavirus is an ongoing global pandemic which has affected every one of us.
The COVID-19 crisis means that during this extraordinary time , many of us have may have experienced high levels of anxiety, fear and uncertainty which we are slowly learning to live with.
We are continuing to offer online video sessions for individuals, couples and families. Thanks to many easily accessible platforms, including Zoom, Facetime and Whatsapp there is instant access to online talking therapies as an increasingly reliable alternative to face to face sessions.
Some Associate Therapists have resumed a limited amount of face to face sessions as well as online therapy.
However, due to the current uncertantly we are all facing, all therapists are continuing with online sessions as this is a consistent and reliable method of accessing therapy sessions.
If you’ve been considering therapy, online video sessions are proving to be a very popular alternative. In some ways, there can be something comforting and safe about being in your own space while sharing feelings that might be difficult to talk about.
This is, pehaps a time when therapy is needed more than ever as we have all been living in close proximity to family members for a sustained period of time, which can put unnecessary strain on relationships.
Relationships with partners, children, parents, friends and colleagues may have felt more tense in the last few months.
During the current global pandemic we are offering concessions to those working for the NHS and to anyone suffering financial hardship resulting from the impact of COVID-19.
Please contact me, ideally by text or email or leave a message if you would like to book a 30 minute free video consultation, with me. I will get back to you promptly to arrange an initial consultation.
Sessions with an Associate Therapist can usually be arranged at very short notice following an initial phone or video consultation.
Update-30 minute Video Sessions
I am continuing to offer a 30-minute video session/ phone call as an alternative to the full session. Some clients have found it difficult to find the time or space to have a full therapy session during the current restrictions and this has proven to be a practical and beneficial alternative.
If you think the 30 minute session may be helpful to you during this period, please let me know and we could discuss this on our initial call, for which there will be no charge. These 30 minute sessions are not offered for face to face sessions
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If you are looking for a Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT), Couples Counsellor, Relationship Therapist, Marriage Counsellor , Family Therapist, Child or Adolescent Therapist or Mindfulness expert in Hampstead, West Hampstead Belsize Park, Highgate, East Finchley, Muswell Hill, Crouch End , Golders Green or the surrounding areas in North West London, please contact me in confidence on 07711 746260.
Whatever your reason for seeking therapy, it is often very difficult to take that first step and finding the right counsellor/psychotherapist may feel overwhelming . There are many therapists offering different services and approaches which can feel very daunting when choosing the right therapist to meet your own unique needs.
I hope I can make this process a little easier for you by meeting you for an initial 30 minute consultation (which is free of charge) to help you make the right decision when it comes to choosing a therapist. The consultation provides you with an opportunity to ask questions about different approaches to therapy which will hopefully allow you to feel clearer about the process. Please note that the initial consultation is with me . Associate Therapists do not offer the 30 free initial consultation.
As well as my own busy practice in Hampstead and Highgate I have an experienced and skilled team of Associate Therapists working from my Hampstead consulting rooms. This experienced team of male and female therapists within my practice have a wide range of skills and expertise in many different areas. These include working with very young children and adolescents, couples and families in both short and long term work. They also have a range of specialisms including working with addictions, eating disorders, generalised anxiety disorders and post natal depression.
Once we meet for the consultation we can discuss your therapy needs and find the right therapist for you, this may be with me or may be with an associate therapist depending on availability and your individual needs.
About Mandi Simons
I am a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor, family therapist and CBT therapist with over 20 years experience. I draw on a psychodynamic approach and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) including the use of mindfulness techniques.
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Initial 30 minute Consultation
In order to decide which type of counselling is right for you with either an Associate Therapist or myself, I offer a 30 minute introductory session free of charge in my Hampstead and Highgate locations (daytime preferably) . These sessions can also be video or phone sessions if preferred.
These sessions are only offered with me. Associate Therapists do not offer the 30 minute free consultation.
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Individual Counselling, Couples Counselling & Family Therapy
I am a qualified couples counsellor/family therapist in Hampstead and Highgate based in North West London, offering relationship or family counselling in the surrounding area.
Counselling & Psychotheapy
A growing team of Associate Therapists are now working within the practice who are trained and experienced using both a Psychodynamic and a CBT approach. Please contact me to discuss your therapy needs.
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Why are you considering counselling?
You may be considering psychotherapy or 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 want someone to talk to in a safe contained space, who is non judgmental.
You may be considering seeing a therapist to seek advice, however therapy is about helping you come to your own conclusions than having the therapist make decisions for you. My role is to help you to gain the confidence and clarity 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, contained and non-judgmental space. It is so important to find the right therapist to suit you. For this 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 or to discuss seeing an associate therapist. Please also look at my 'About me' page to see a video of me, this is often a very helpful way of getting to know me and how I work.
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) this may include writing down important pointers and thoughts that may be troubling you in order to explore certain areas of your life further.
How can I help?
I work in a very individual way with each client, focusing on what you would like to gain from counselling and what your goals for therapy may be. I work one to one with adults and also with teenagers aged 16 upwards. Associate therapists are also based in my practice who work with children aged 5 upwards. I work with couples, families and groups, including providing tailor made mindfulness courses for small groups, these can be in the comfort of your own home.
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 in Highgate in close proximity to West Hampstead, Belsize Park, Muswell Hill and East Finchley. Associate therapists work from the Hampstead location. We all offer video sessions for those clients who cannot cannot get to either location for work or family reasons.
Please contact me to find out more about having an individual or a couples session in the comfort of your own home. Home visits are ideal for couples with young children who may struggle to find regular childcare or for individuals who may be housebound for a variety of reasons.
During lockdown restrictions home visits are replaced by Zoom or FaceTime video sessions.
If you require an urgent appointment for individual, couples or family therapy please contact me by email, phone or text. Urgent appointments can often be arranged with an Associate Therapist within 24 hours and on some occasions on the same day. Please text or Contact me by email with brief details and availability if you require an urgent appointment.
Video sessions are now available
During the pandemic we have been offering video sessions as an alternative to face to face sessions. We hope to begin to resume face to face sessions for some clients who requst these in the next few months. However due to the success of online sessions we will continue to offer thse platform as a permanant ongoing alternative for those clients who prefer to have sessions in the comfort of their own home. Please Contact me by email for more details.
Mindfulness Workshops 2020
We offer mindfulness workshops for business and private groups. These have become increasingly popular and can be currently run via Zoom. Groups can be as small as 4 or as large as 20 people Please Contact me by email or call me on 07711 746260 to discuss the options available.
Counselling & Mindfulness Masterclasses in the Workplace, Schools. Colleges & Universities
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 are now also offering mindfulness for schools, colleges and universities. We can offer:
- Individual or group counselling- this can be via video sessions for individual counselling.
- Mediation and conflict resolution
- Mindfulness Masterclasses providing tools to help employees manage their stress and anxiety, increase productivity and become more content at work.