Mandi Simons Registered MBACP
Update-Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policy-Video Sessions
Coronavirus is a global pandemic which is affecting every one of us. The current government policy is to stay at home and only go outside for food , health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home).
The COVID-19 crisis means that during this extraordinary time , many of us are experiencing high levels of anxiety, fear, uncertainty and a sense of feeling overwhelmed.
As a result, we are currently offering video sessions for individuals and couples. Thanks to many easily accessible platforms, including Zoom, Facetime and Whatsapp there is instant access to talking therapies as an interim alternative to face to face sessions.
Over the next few weeks this will be a safer and more effective way of meeting your therapy needs. Many people will find themselves self-isolating for extended periods of time in order to look after their physical health. COVID-19 is taking its toll on our mental health and the ongoing uncertainty can add to existing mental health issues including anxiety, depression and OCD.
Living in close proximity to family members for a sustained period of time can also put unnecessary strain on relationships.
Relationships with partners, children, parents, friends and colleagues may be under extra strain.
These are many reasons clients seek counselling, In these very challenging circumstances these issues may be feel even more difficult to manage.
This is, pehaps a time when therapy is needed more than ever and as we have readily available video platforms it is simple to access.
During this 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, I will get back to you promptly to arrange an initial consultation.
Sessions with an Associate Therapist or with myself can be arranged at very short notice.
Finding the right counsellor may feel like a very daunting prospect. I hope that I can help make the process a little easier for you.
I am a qualified psychotherapist and counsellor 20 years experience. I work one to one with adults, children over 16, couples, families and groups.
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.
People consider having counselling for a variety of reasons; it could be due to relationship or family issues, depression, bereavement, anxiety, low self-esteem, separation, divorce as well as many other issues.
How can counselling help?
For many people counselling is an opportunity (often for the first time) to talk about and explore issues in a safe and non-judgemental space. Building a professional relationship with the right counsellor can be very rewarding and lead to greater self awareness.
HOW I WORK
I offer two distinct types of counselling:
1. Short-term Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
You may initially consider short term CBT, as this can be for a fixed number of sessions, usually between 6 and 12.
In these sessions the emphasis will be placed upon the importance of the present and the future, as opposed to the past. The purpose of CBT is to initially change the way people think about themselves and in turn, their environment. A flexible and creative approach is encouraged by CBT.
CBT encourages independence and can help individuals find their own resources, learn to recognise and use their own wisdom and discover personal methods for self-help, which should ultimately lead to self-trust and capability for self-change.
I may also incorporate mindfulness into CBT.
Using mindfulness can help us in managing everyday life and emotional problems. Mindfulness uses the concept of modern day meditation to increase our awareness of ourselves in the present. You can discover how to live and enjoy the present rather than worrying about your past or being anxious about your future.
You may manage your everyday life and emotional problems better by developing awareness, allowing you to feel more clearly what is happening in and around you in each moment. You can then respond to difficulties using a more conscious approach rather than a more conditioned and negative automatic response. This can feel very liberating, helping you create the changes you want more freely. You can incorporate the meditation techniques into your daily routine and learn simple mindfulness techniques aiming to overcome many issues including stress, anger, anxiety and depression.
2. Long-term psychotherapy
A psychodynamic approach is generally more appropriate in long term psychotherapy.
Working psychodynamically places much importance on how the past may influence the present, and how, in turn, patterns of behaviour from the past may manifest in all current relationships.
In order to decide which type of counselling is right for you I offer an introductory session. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions and to discuss what you would like to gain from counselling.
Please look at my website for more detailed information.
If you want to know a little more about me please click on the links below to see some video footage.
I have an experienced and skilled team of Associate Therapists working from my Hampstead consulting rooms. The male and female therapists within my practice have a wide range of skills and expertise in many different areas including working with 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.
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I run various mindfulness classes tailored to your needs, please contact me for more details.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified with a British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Accredited Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy in 1996. I hold a BA (hons) in Social Sciences and a post-graduate diploma in Mental Health.
In addition I have trained in:
- Couples Counselling
- Family Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Working with Families where there is parental mental illness
I work as a counsellor and psychotherapist both in my private practice and in the NHS. I have also worked as an Approved Social Worker, specialising in mental health and working with people from many different backgrounds and with an equally varied range of problems. I have specialist experience in working with people who suffer from mental illness including Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy(BACP).
I am registered with the Health & Care Professions Council(HCPC).
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are from £100 for a 55-60 minute session for individual counselling and from £115 for a one hour session for couples counselling. Please enquire re my fees for family therapy.
I am able to see a limited number of clients at a reduced rate (daytime sessions only) in cases of financial hardship.
These sessions are suitable for trainee counsellors and for those who genuinely cannot afford full price fees.
Please contact me for Associate Therapist fees.
I am Registered with these Private Health Insurance Companies to provide Counselling, Psychotherapy: Cigna, Exeter Family Friendly, Vitality, Simplyhealth, WPA, Tricare.
I am currently seeing clients using Zoom or FaceTime.
Associate therapists are also offering video sessions