Mandi Simons Registered MBACP
28b Hampstead High Street
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 14, 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.
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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).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
My fees are £90 for a 55-60 minute session for individual counselling and from £95 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.
I am Registered with these Private Health Insurance Companies to provide Counselling, Psychotherapy: Cigna, Exeter Family Friendly, Vitality, Simplyhealth, WPA, Tricare.
I am able to see clients during the daytime, evenings and Saturday mornings in Hampstead, London NW3 and Highgate, London N6
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Daytime, Evening, Saturday morning.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I provide supervision in CBT and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy In a relaxed and professional environment.