Counselling in Hampstead and Online Mandi Simons Counselling & Psychotherapy Practice

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Experienced Counsellors With a Wide Range of Specialisms

We are an experienced, skilled team of therapists , providing bespoke counselling for clients in the Hampstead area and online. Sessions are available daytime and evening.




The male and female therapists I work with are experts in a wide range of areas, such as addictions, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and bereavement. This broad spectrum of expertise means I can always match you with a therapist who understands your situation and knows how to give you a form of professional help that goes to the heart of your issue, whatever it may be. They are equipped to work with children aged five upwards, adolescents, couples, and families on both a short-term and long-term basis.

Please see below to read the bios of each member of my practice. We are passionate about helping you move to a happier, more stable place through personalised counselling in Hampstead, online, or from the comfort of your own home.


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Mandi Simons

I have worked as a fully qualified BACP Registered psychotherapist, counsellor, family therapist, and CBT therapist for over 20 years, drawing on a number of therapeutic approaches to give people of all ages and backgrounds personalised support as they work through both past trauma and specific present-day issues. Along with working in my Highgate private practice, I have also spent time in the NHS as an Approved Social Worker. My specialisms include couples counselling, family therapy, anxiety, psychosis, personality disorders, and depression.

Like the rest of my team, I work in a very individual way with each client. Learning about the nature of your problem is the first and most important part of our practice’s approach. I will gather as much information as possible during our free, no-pressure 30-minute online/phone consultation and then set you up with a member of our team who specialises in treating the problems you are going through.


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Joelle Harari

I am a BACP and BCP Registered qualified psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist who works one to one with adults and young people. Starting to talk about your life with someone can be challenging; my aim is to provide a safe and supportive place for you to explore what is troubling you, so that we can work together to inspire change and improve mental and physical well-being.

In addition to working in private practice, I work as a student counsellor at both The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Central School of Speech and Drama. I have experience working with a wide range of emotional and behavioural issues, including stress, anxiety, depression, family relationship issues, eating disorders, self-harm, addictions, trauma, and bereavements.


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Sebastian Bosca

I am a trained and Accredited BACP counsellor with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, Counselling, and Psychotherapy. I have worked in the NHS and the Employability sector for the last couple of years and was able to achieve great results and positive outcomes with my clients, as well as in my private practice.

I have been working with a wide range of individuals, from children and teenagers to adults and families, with each one of them struggling in different areas such as depression, anxiety, bereavement, relational issues, personality disorders etc.

I believe in creating a safe and confidential environment for people to discover what is troubling them and finding the most suitable way to deal with their issues. An important part of my approach is focusing on what they can do rather than what they can’t do.


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Sharon Sheriff

I am a qualified BACP Accredited Integrative Psychotherapist who works with adults and adolescents in brief solution-focused and long-term therapy. I have extensive experience of working with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, domestic violence, addictions, family issues, relationship issues, childhood abuse, loss, lack of confidence, low self-esteem, poor sleep patterns, cultural issues, work based bullying, and crisis intervention (suicidal feelings).

I support my clients to identify the root causes of their issues and then formulate a therapeutic plan that outlines what changes need to made in order for the individual to achieve their goals.

I also have nearly 20 years of experience within the NHS and managing a counselling service for women, as well as running workshops and my own private practice.


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Laura Mole

I am a qualified BACP Registered Counsellor, with a passion for supporting children and adults to improve their wellbeing. I have experience of working with anxiety and stress relief, low self-esteem, anger issues, depression, and people on the autism spectrum.

I have helped clients of all ages in schools, universities, and private practice. I try to make the people I work with feel at ease in a non-judgmental environment. Through our weekly therapy sessions together we will find new ways for you to approach situations you find challenging and explore difficult subjects in a confidential and safe space.

As well as being an associate therapist, I have a North London practice and I also work as a counsellor in a Central London college.


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Emma Shapero

I am a BACP member and qualified Child and Adolescent Psychodynamic Counsellor from Birkbeck, University of London, and have worked in schools in many areas of London with young people of diverse backgrounds. Trust and confidentiality are central to my practice – to create a space where the client can explore and reflect on their overwhelming emotions. I use art materials and play with younger clients to express their feelings. A young client recently said: “It is like you have given me a piggy bank where I can put my thoughts.”

I am experienced in dealing with struggles around bullying, abuse, eating disorders, low self-esteem, social isolation, identity issues, anxiety, and depression.

Currently I am working with a specialist child grief charity and in a Camden youth counselling service. I have taught parenting extensively in primary schools and I recognise the need to think around the stresses of family life, for both parent and child, and can provide evidence-based suggestions to help manage these difficulties.


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Daniel Saccoccio

Life can change in an instant, and it did for me. I discovered therapy later in life, after a professional disaster. I was a 45-year-old father and husband; I owned a restaurant in West London, and I was making a good living. Then I lost it all: the restaurant, my house, and then, because of the stress, my marriage.

Overwhelmed, I went to see a therapist and I was relieved that he too had lived and experienced life’s struggles and could understand how difficult it can be when life suddenly runs aground. He, like me, was a self-made man and he inspired me to become a therapist. I hope that I can offer this bigger perspective as a therapist now.

I am a fully qualified BACP Registered counsellor. Therapist (BA Hons). Alongside my Private Practice, I am employed by the charity Relate as a relationship counsellor.


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Estelle Longcroft

I am a BACP Registered Psychodynamic Counsellor and have been practising since 2006, providing both short-term and long-term counselling to adults, adolescents, and children. I have an Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and a Post Graduate Certificate in Communicating with Children.

I have worked in many different schools across London and an international school in Belgium. These schools have been a mixture of Infants, Junior, Secondary, College, and a Special Needs School. I have counselled children as young as four years old up to eighteen, as well as private counselling work with children and young people. I have also worked for the NHS and in children’s care homes.

Children come to me with problems such as anxiety (including exam or performance anxiety), depression, low self-esteem, coping with disabilities or illnesses, bereavement, trauma, bullying, and challenging behavioural issues.

I have an integrative approach to my work that is underpinned by Attachment Theory. Building a secure attachment with a client enables them to feel safe enough to freely express their thoughts and feelings. Depending on my clients’ needs I incorporate other theories such as Mindfulness, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), as well as taking a psycho-educational approach.


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Debbie Reuben

I am a BACP Accredited qualified psychotherapist and an accredited member of the BACP. I take an integrative approach, which means I have been trained in and can use several different theoretical approaches to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the client.

I offer couple counselling and also short-term and long-term psychotherapy to individuals. I have experience of working with a wide range of issues including bereavement and loss, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, anxiety, and depression.

I provide a safe, supportive and confidential space in which to reflect on and explore these issues in order to facilitate change and improve well-being. In addition to being an associate therapist, I work as a relationship counsellor for the charity Relate.


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Naomi Selwyn

I am a BACP Registered Humanistic Integrative Counsellor, my focus is to place the emphasis on the therapeutic relationship as the primary agent for change. I aim to be empathic, respectful and non-judgmental. Through this approach, I hope to make clients feel safe, supported, and able to explore their issues openly.

Many clients experience difficulties in the present that have roots in their past. Together we can discover repeating patterns that are doing more to harm the client than help them. These realisations can be explored, enabling positive change. I combine different therapeutic techniques and approaches according to the client’s needs and offer long-term and short-term therapy.

I have worked with adults and young people experiencing a variety of conditions including depression, relationship problems, eating disorders, grief, self-harm, bullying, low mood, and loneliness.

I have worked at various places such as the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Mind, and Hampstead Counselling Service, and am now in private practice.


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Preeti Marwaha

I am a BACP Registered Psychodynamic Counsellor working with individuals, couples, and families to help explore patterns of relating which may be causing anxiety or distress. I endeavour to provide a safe space for us to think about these patterns to facilitate change.

It is human nature to want to protect ourselves from uncomfortable and painful feelings. However, the more we avoid or shut these feelings down, the more they tend to persist. Gently approaching these feelings and thinking about them provides an opportunity to process them. Couples may feel unheard or unable to communicate effectively with their partners, resulting in feelings of loneliness, disappointment, and frustration. This often manifests as an escalation in arguments or distancing oneself from relationships, both of which are unhelpful.

Through our work together we will explore the roots of your difficulties, enabling you to respond with greater awareness to your life circumstances and relationships.

Alongside private practise, I also work at Highgate Counselling Centre and over the years have supported couples struggling with breakdowns in communication, escalation in arguments, trust issues, infidelity, and managing change.


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Noreen Mullally

I am a BACP qualified person-centred therapist with training and experience in CBT, DBT and mindfulness. My experience as a mother and grandmother supported by my work with children and young people provides a 360 approach to therapy.

Working with both primary and secondary aged young people from aged 5- 18 years at school counselling associations including Places 2 Be and Entrust, I have helped many young people to understand their feelings, manage difficult times, become more aware and work towards achieving their full potential.
I believe that each child is unique, and adapt my approach to the individual needs utilising play and talking therapy for both long and short term counselling.
I provide a safe and supportive environment to help with feelings of anxiety, depression, friendship difficulties, pandemic pressures, self-confidence issues and many other areas.
I can enable your child to unlock and explore their inner strengths to manage difficult times and build a skillset to thrive through life’s challenges.

In addition to my extensive experience with young people, I have significant experience of working with adults in private practice and as an addiction counsellor for a Hertfordshire based charity where I supported clients to deal with addictions and trauma and loss.



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Ella Deeks

I am a BACP registered child and adolescent art and play therapist with over 10 years experience working with young people. Before training to be a therapist I was a primary school, I have previously worked in PRUs and as a nanny; these experiences in childcare have given me comprehensive knowledge of the education, school and care systems and an understanding of the various factors affecting young people’s mental health. It is my core belief that more art, play and expression of self is needed in addressing the issues experienced by many growing up.

I believe that the arts and play can provide a unique way of conveying how we feel. My therapy is always led by the child or adolescent. I guide young people with sensitivity and show them ways in which to express any emotion that they are feeling in a safe, contained way. My approach is intergrative and humanistic with the individual needs of each young person in the foreground.

My therapeutic work is supported by the empathy I have for young people and the experiences that contribute to their growth and the development of their personalities. I work closely with families in a non-judgemental way, to support them in better understanding their child’s needs.


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Joanne Cole

I am a fully qualified BACP registered counsellor with a Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Relationship Studies. I have worked as a Relationship Counsellor for the charity Relate, providing relationship counselling and family counselling services; counselling with individuals, couples counselling, and family counselling, working with people of all ages and backgrounds with a range of presenting problems. I then went on to work with an early intervention service alongside completing a further program of postgraduate study; a professional training in Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies Practice provided by the University of Exeter, which advanced my knowledge and experience in applying evidence-based interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and competency in delivering interventions remotely online by secure video conferencing. As an integrative therapist I have a toolbox of skills and techniques from different therapeutic orientations including Systemic Counselling, Psychodynamic Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), depending on what is required. My approach is collaborative which promotes client engagement, participation and choice, and facilitates adapting to each client’s individual needs to ensure effective practice and long-term positive outcomes for clients and their families.


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Katie Orr

I am a qualified Integrative counsellor and a registered member of the BACP, providing both brief focused short-term support or long-term, open-ended counselling.

As an Integrative Counsellor, I creatively incorporate different therapeutic theories including relational, psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive behavioural approaches, as well as mindfulness practices.

I’ll provide an authentic relationship where you can develop greater self-awareness and a way forward to a more fulfilling way of living. Sometimes looking at past will be helpful, as can looking at what’s going for you right now, and we can find our way through this together. I will work collaboratively with you to explore what isn’t working in your life right now, what you’d like to be different, and what leaves you feeling stuck. By doing this, you will be able to explore different perspectives to gain some new insights, interrupting patterns of thinking and behaviour that are no longer helpful.

My counselling experience in recent years includes working in community and volunteer led settings, universities, young people’s services, and in Employee Assistance Programmes.


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Dorcas Tukhaim

I am a qualified NLP Practitioner and an Executive Coach. I have worked for different multinationals within different sectors along with also being a full-time mother.

I am passionate about helping individuals achieve their goals – both of a personal and professional nature. We are all coming from different walks of life; let's discuss where you want to head and how I may be able to help you get where you want to be in life.

Each goal is different, and each person is unique – there isn’t a right or wrong way forward, and to move forward you need to start! Let’s start by giving you an introductory coaching session and we can take it from there!


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Kemi Omijeh

I am a BACP registered Child and Adolescent Therapist with over 10 years of experience. I work exclusively with children, young people, and their families. I have experience working with a diverse range of difficulties, particularly school-based difficulties and adjusting to significant changes in the family.

My approach is creative, child focused, and at the child’s pace. Therapy can be a daunting prospect, particularly for children and young people; rest assured that I am able to work in a gentle and encouraging way that soon puts the young person at ease. I am versatile in my therapeutic work and have a range of ways of working as I adapt my work to suit the child’s personality and needs. Mindfulness, CBT, art therapy and talking therapy are some of the many techniques I use.

I believe in the importance of nurturing good mental health in children and helping them to overcome any barriers to their emotional wellbeing for them live a happy, confident childhood and to become secure, successful, emotionally balanced adults. I work closely with the families of the children I see in a non-judgemental way, helping them gain a deeper understanding of their child’s needs.


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Noemi Lercara

I am a BACP registered therapist and my aim is to offer a warm, deeply understanding, welcoming place where my clients can explore their own experiences and make sense of themselves in the way that feels right to them. I believe that offering a supportive and non-judgmental environment allows people to feel free to move in whatever directions they wish, feel accepted for who they are, gain a greater understanding of their internal processes, and live happier, more fulfilling lives.

The counselling relationship I create with my clients is based on trust, confidentiality, and acceptance. I strongly welcome creativity and expressivity during the therapy sessions as at times some of our feelings are not easily accessible, or we are simply not aware of them.
What brought me to become a counsellor is my deep trust in human nature, a sense of trust towards our strength to adapt, survive, and reach the best we can. I firmly believe in the potential that each one of us holds inside, and my purpose as a therapist is to support people in finding it and embrace living as their true selves.

I hold a Bachelor in Person-Centred Counselling, a specialist training in Bereavement, Loss and Trauma, and I am currently working at Post-Graduate Diploma level in Adolescent and School Counselling.

I have experience in working with difficulties such as: bereavement, trauma, loss, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, addictions, eating disorders, illnesses and end of life, divorce, post-natal depression, abortion, identity issues, sexual and cultural identity, sexual abuse and violence, childhood trauma, and suicide ideations.

I am completely bilingual, working in both English and Italian.


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