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If you are looking for a Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT), Couples Counsellor, Relationship Therapist, Marriage Counsellor , Family Therapist or Mindfulness expert in Hampstead, West Hampstead Belsize Park, 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/psychotherapist may feel overwhelming . There are so many therapists offering their services that it can feel very daunting choosing the right therapist to meet your own personal needs. I hope that I can make the 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. As well as my own busy practice in Hampstead and Highgate I now have an experienced and skilled team of associate therapists working within my ever growing practice in Hampstead. Once we meet for the consultation we can discuss your therapy needs and find the right therapist for you, this may result in seeing you personally or carefully choosing an associate therapist who will meet your individual needs.
Who am I?
I am a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor, family therapist 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, 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 14 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 in the Hampstead location.
if you would like to make an appointment to see either an associate therapist or me I would recommend a 30 minute initial consultation with me which is free of charge. this ensures that you are matched to the right therapist to suit you and your needs.
If you want to get 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 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 may want someone to talk to, who is non judgmental.
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 gain the confidence 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 therapist to suit 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 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.
Couples Counselling/Family Therapy in Hampstead and Highgate
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.
This provides an opportunity for couples (heterosexual, gay, parent & child) or families to explore potentially difficult issues within their relationship in a safe and comfortable environment.
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 via Skype or FaceTime if preferred.
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 email me with brief details and availability if you require an urgent appointment.
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. They offer expertise and experience in many specialist areas areas of counselling .sessions can be offered in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
The benefits of seeing an Associate Therapist are;
• Client and therapist can be matched up to suit individual needs
• Clients can often be seen the next day and always within a week
• More evening and weekend availability
• Lower cost sessions
• A broad range of specialist expertise
• Early morning & late evening sessions available
• sessions offered in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian
• Some therapists are trained and qualified in working with children from age 5 upwards
Please see my Associate Therapist page for more information
If you would like to see a specific Associate Therapist please email me at [email protected] or call 07711 746260
Mindfulness Courses for November/December 2018
Due to popular demand we are once again offering mindfulness courses for groups of 4 or more, these can be in the comfort of your own home or in my practice in Highgate and are tailor made to suit your needs.
Please contact me at [email protected] or call 07711 746260 to discuss the options available.
Counselling in the Workplace & Mindfulness Masterclasses
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
• Mindfulness Masterclasses providing tools to help employees manage their stress and anxiety, increase productivity and become more content at work
We can provide long or short-term support that is solution-focused, helping your employees to manage their stress and anxiety in the workplace.
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
These sessions are suitable for counsellors & trainee counsellors looking for personal counselling and/or supervision.
Skype & FaceTime sessions now available
I offer Skype or Face Time sessions in addition to or instead of face to face sessions for existing clients who cannot attend some sessions. These are becoming increasingly popular and are a useful way of fitting in all important therapy sessions into busy schedules.
These sessions must be booked in advance. Please contact me for more details.
Latest news for 2018
How Technology Affects Relationships
Are you addicted to your smartphone? What is the effect on your relationships with loved ones? Therapist Mandi Simons wants us to think about the way we use technology in our daily lives.
Please click on the link below.
by Mandi Simons
How Technology Affects Relationships
I just wanted to drop you a line to express my gratitude to you for your help, wisdom and support over the past couple of years.I was in a very dark and intolerable place when I first came to see you, I remember my friend had recommended you and I was very sceptical about therapy. Over the weeks and months I have felt a sense of lightness developing and sessions with you have certainly been responsible for that. I feel you really get me and coming to see you feels like coming to see an old friend but much better. You have the real knack of reflecting back how I really truly feel and then getting me to see things around me and going forward that I just haven’t been able to do myself, although am learning to do this now. Our work is not done but thank you for helping it to be such positive and rewarding work. You are a real gem. Thank you G
“Mandi has helped me get through a period of great upheaval. When all I could see were the negatives in my life sessions with Mandi were invaluable.
Talking through my initial triggers with her helped to uncover a range of behaviours and thought processes which we were able to work through and challenge. Sessions spent with Mandi were free of judgment and allowed me to better understand myself and see issues from a different perspective. This resulted in my mood improving and my anxiety reducing.
I cannot thank her enough for the time she spent with me. It is so reassuring to know her door is always open for me in future should I need to visit again.
"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.
Just a quick note to say thank you for your support, wisdom and expertise over the last couple of years. I feel I have grown as a person since starting to come and see you and now have developed the coping skills and insight to manage life so much better. The problems are still there (that’s life) but the way I deal with them is so different that life finally feels less of a battle and more of a joy! Thank you and I will keep recommending you to my friends. Everyone should come and see you! PR
"It is easy to see that Mandi is a natural in her profession and I would happily recommend her to anyone!".
Mandi came in to deliver a mindfulness in the workplace workshop for members of our co-working space. The session was great! Mandi included loads of actionable tips that we were able to implement that day, and dealt with specific workplace issues that inhibit productivity. Would 100% recommend the session, we're still practising mindfulness techniques and recognising the benefits.
“Having been visiting Mandi regularly for just over two years, I cannot recommend her highly enough. I was lost in an awful state of depression when we first met which had been left to build up over many years, and over time Mandi was able to encourage me to speak openly with her and bit by bit walls came down and the constant state of anxiety lessened. Having never considered counselling of any kind previously I am now a big advocate, and Mandi has all the tools and experience to give anyone visiting her the confidence that you will be in good hands”NR
Mandi, you have been instrumental in my getting better, especially in regard to my relationships with my mum and husband, which has made life much easier. But also in many other ways too. So a very big thank you for your help in getting me back on my feet. RL
I received counselling from Mandi in 2013 and her counselling helped me through the most difficult time of my life. I was suffering from stress, anxiety and depression, all centred around a double bereavement in the family, a relationship issue and a very stressful issue at work. She counselled me through these difficulties with great professionalism, empathy and understanding. Her style of therapy was always friendly, relaxing and non-judgemental. I've moved on from that year a stronger person with more clarity. Without Mandi I don't know where I would have been. In later years I visited her again, on a few occasions, to discuss other issues, knowing that the door was always open. I have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending Mandi's services.
Suzie - London
"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 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.
When I first came through the door to see Mandi I didn’t really want to be there or think I needed to be. I was there as others felt I needed a bit of help or time to reflect and I decided it was easier to go along with the idea rather than fight the tide. I asked a very close friend for a referral as I knew he’d been in a similar situation and Mandi’s name came up.
Without going in to too much detail I can say that many months and sessions later I feel I am in a much better place. My life is better in many ways. Everybody is different and it’s hard to articulate what better means and what resulted in those improvements. There are many variables for sure but there remained one constant during the slow steady improvements in my life and that was the Therapy which just kept me on the right path of what I wanted and how to get closer to it.
In short I smile a lot more than I used to and that’s because life is good and most importantly, I actually recognise that!! JA
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
"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 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 in North West London. 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 Hampstead, 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!
"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!"
"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!"
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