Mandy Nichols and Juliet Thornton are the heart and soul of Head Agenda. They have dedicated the last 15 years to building Head Agenda into the "Best Psychotherapy Service 2020 & 2021". Drawing on their corporate backgrounds, they bring experience, organisational support and professionalism and ensure the quality of our service. We’re different though, because despite our corporate beginnings, we’re reassuringly warm, friendly and empathetic, too. Whatever mental challenges you or your employees might be facing, we are always here for you.
Our reputation has been built on our insistence on only recruiting highly qualified, trained and experienced therapists. You’d expect that all therapists would be, but you’d be surprised. The industry is not regulated and incredibly qualifications can range from a week’s online training to years at University. At Head Agenda, our robust recruitment process ensures that all our therapists have undergone a three-year University course or equivalent. All work to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy professional framework and code of ethics. Head Agenda therapists are members of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy or similar governing body. Our CBT specialists are members of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.
We offer a holistic and diverse range of different short and long term therapy services, including Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) EMDR and Rewind Trauma treatments. Our therapists help individuals, couples, children, teenagers and corporates with a wide variety of issues such as anger management, relationships, anxiety, trauma and depression.
You’re in capable hands as every Head Agenda therapist is a properly trained, experienced and skilled practitioner. All have completed training to become highly qualified therapists. All have followed a University path of at least three years on British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited courses or equivalent.
Not all counsellor training is the same and the industry isn’t regulated. In fact, it’s possible that some counsellors have only completed a one week online course. That’s why Head Agenda makes finding the right highly qualified therapist for you easy.
It’s not only the University qualifications and accredited training that set our therapists apart from many others. Our recruitment process is so robust, qualifications alone aren’t enough. We also ensure our therapists have had therapy during their training to understand their behaviours, thinking, interventions and have good self-awareness. We insist that all Head Agenda therapists have also gained clinical experience and honed their skills working in voluntary or paid counselling placements. These include; hospital staff support, university, college and school student and staff services, rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse organisations, NHS, NSPCC, Relate, Mosaic, Leeds Counselling, Mind Matters and many other services and organisations. So, you know when our therapists speak, they’re doing so from real experience.
Rest assured, all Head Agenda therapists adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Counselling Professions and are subject to the BACP Professional Conduct Procedure. This offers a framework of best practice that BACP therapists offer to clients.
Each therapist attends regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Training on issues that are relevant to their work. They also receive clinical supervision, at least monthly, with their personal clinical supervisors who also adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework.
We provide complete confidentiality. Your sessions are a safe place to share and work through your private problems and difficulties with your Head Agenda therapist, without fear of disclosure. At your first session, we’ll explain our promise of confidentiality so you know exactly where we all stand. By setting these consistent boundaries, we start from a position of safety, security and trust.
When you have therapy, you want your therapist to not only truly understand you, but also have the ability to put themselves in your position. Head Agenda therapists listen carefully, get to know you, your individual problems and identify precisely how you are feeling. It’s from here that together, you can work through your issues and build strategies for helping you improve your mental wellbeing.
You decide to undergo therapy because you want help, not to be judged. Our therapists are completely non-judgemental and are only interested in listening to and helping you. So, you can talk in complete confidence knowing we’re always here to help, and never criticise you.
Our therapists are concerned about one thing... you. Your physical, social, economic or cultural background don’t come into it, unless you wish to discuss a particular issue that touches on them. We accept you completely as you are and work closely with you to help make you a better version of you.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised by just how friendly, calm and compassionate our therapists are. We don’t just listen to you, we sympathise with you and your problems. We also find that encouraging you to be compassionate to yourselves and others can really help promote your emotional wellbeing.
Our high standards and professionalism have secured us the Psychotherapy Service of the Year Prestige Award for two consecutive years. Mandy, Juliet and all our Head Agenda therapists are delighted.
All our therapists are professional, friendly and compassionate. Enjoy face-to-face sessions which take place in our modern, comfortable therapy rooms.
Wherever you are in the world, you can benefit from one-to-one counselling with a qualified expert psychotherapist via secure video conferencing software.
Headagenda Pathways "How to cope better with anxiety" is our online course you can take at your own pace that helps you manage anxiety.
Fantastic service and help through some tough times. Natalie has been wonderful over these last few months.
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Debbie who I had many sessions with earlier this year. At first I was very hesitant but was by far was the best decision I have made and I am now in a place I could have only dreamt to be in a year ago. I could not recommend Debbie highly enough and genuinely want to thank her from the bottom of my heart.
Liz was great, can't recommend Head Agenda enough! I went for 12 weeks in total and I feel like it has really got me back on track from the place that I was. Thank you!
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I've been seeing Mandy for a year now and she has transformed my life. I can't thank her enough. Having seen numerous therapists over the years I've never found anyone so effective. Mandy has a wealth of knowledge and I've found her very easy to open up to. Cannot recommend highly enough.
I've just finished my last session with my therapist - Debbie, and I can't thank her enough for helping me through a difficult time in my life and seeing the light. I was very apprehensive at first, I've never had counselling before and I was in denial about my problem. But speaking to Debbie is one of the best things I've done, she is friendly, caring and it felt natural talking to her, and she gave me the tools I need to help get better. Very easy booking through Head Agenda, would highly recommend.
Great service, really easy to find a therapist to match your needs - spoke to Amanda who was super friendly and made the whole process really painless - thank you!
I can't begin to describe how incredible Darren has been in helping me with my mental health. He enabled me to respect and love myself for the first time in a very long time. I have come a long way since starting my sessions and I will be forever grateful to Darren for facilitating my process of healing. I highly recommend Darren and Head Agenda!
Just wanted to say a huge thank you to Debbie here at Head Agenda! She has been absolutely amazing in getting me through what felt like a million and one problems when I first went in. I truly came to think of her as a friend and felt her genuine care and want to help me. I always came away from every session feeling lighter and much more positive and she's always been so friendly, sensitive and incredibly relatable. She has guided me through an extremely difficult time in my life and got me through and out of that dark tunnel.
The rooms were always comfortable and inviting and always made me feel at ease to talk
Thank you so much again, Debbie you're an absolute star!
Counselling will start this week but my initial contact with Head Agenda has been great. Lovely friendly reply to my initial email enquiry, followed by a phone call from Amanda who was very easy to talk and was very reassuring and helpful with all my questions and concerns.
I could not recommend Caroline at Head Agenda enough. I was very hesitant when it came to therapy but Caroline had provided me with the confidence to speak about my issues, no matter how big or small. She has constantly treated me with grace and respect, I am very grateful for her.
Have had wonderful, sensitive support from Debra, who has helped me learn to take time to sit with my own grief rather than be present 100% of time for others. She made the sessions relaxed, and I will be getting in touch if there are more bumps in my road further down the line. Thank you.
This was my first experience with counselling. I was always reluctant to seek help for whatever reason. With recent health issues I felt that it was the 'icing on the cake' and I needed help. Then I met the wonderful Debbie at Head Agenda. She has guided me more than I ever thought possible. She has helped me see what's truly important and helped me breakdown understand what once felt like big mess in my head! She has taught me so much and I can finally say, today, that I am ready to use her kind words and advice and see how I get on alone. I know she is always there though if I need her one day. I now feel I am strong enough, all thanks to Debbie.
Thank you so much, Deb! You've been an angel x
I honestly can't recommend Head Agenda enough. When I first enquired by email the response was prompt, professional and clear. I was very quickly assigned to Jane Hickson, who agreed to work with me flexibly around my work schedule. Although I didn't have many sessions, i can honestly say that attending counselling with Jane has changed my life considerably. She really helped me work things out. She was professional, yet kind the whole time. Also, the rooms and surroundings are very comfortable and calming.
Head Agenda were great, and really helped me with my issues. The space was great quiet and private it did not feel intimidating. My therapist Jonathan, took the time to understand my problems and was really helpful and easy to approach. Would recommend.
Jonathan at Head Agenda was absolutely fantastic. I felt very comfortable throughout. Really positive experience.
Highly recommended! One of the best investments of my life. A very friendly, kind and professional team. The atmosphere of the place is also great: very calm and relaxing. I went to try CBT and after a few sessions, it worked! I am happier and know myself much better now. I will always be grateful! Thank you, Mandy.
I am glad I went to Head Agenda, great staff and Mark was really helpful and friendly. If you are unsure about going to see anyone then maybe just book an appointment and discuss it with them. Even if you think you are mentally strong there is always room for improvement. I feel like Mark has helped me find the right path to go forward in my life. I would recommend this company :)
Such a fantastic place. Super friendly and understanding team. Got an appointment really quickly. Such a calm and relaxing space. Thank you!
Can't rate Head Agenda, or my therapist, highly enough. I had my first appointment within two weeks of enquiring and began CAT therapy with Jonathan. His kind, caring and friendly approach instantly helped me to feel relaxed, leading to several breakthroughs during our sessions. My therapy with Jonathan has been genuinely life changing; this is by far the best money I've ever spent. I now feel calmer and more content, and have the tools needed to enjoy better mental health.
If you're ready to put in the work, I'd definitely recommend Head Agenda.
Debra was very kind and understanding, she gave considerate and constructive advice, we cannot thank her enough for all that she did to help!
I couldn't recommend Juliet enough. She is a warm, kind and caring therapist who pulled me through a challenging, dark time. I am forever thankful for all her support, wealth of experience and tools she provided. Thank you Juliet x
After years of been in and out of therapy I was sceptical about trying it again, I went in expecting to be disappointed. I couldn't have been more wrong.
The knowledge, empathy and approach Mandy took to with me was something i'd never experienced before. I actually feel excited to start a new chapter of my life and I wouldn't be in this position if it wasn't for Head Agenda.
Head Agenda has been brilliant for me whilst going through a turbulent time in my life. Mark has been amazing. Calm, kind, professional, a complete expert who helps you work through anything whilst providing you with a range of tools you can use. He increases your self awareness and does it with such a positive reassuring presence that lets you feel relaxed and confident to talk to him. Can't recommend Mark and Head Agenda highly enough.
I went to Head Agenda to try to tackle my severe anxiety. My therapist Jonathan was really helpful and kind and I now feel more equipped to manage my mental health. The space is calming and welcoming. I would recommend Head Agenda to anyone who is suffering and who needs professional support.
Daniel was kind and helpful to my family member . Gave strategies to help with stress and anxiety that can use . Liked the practical exercises and has kept the list he made at his final sessions to remind him of all the positive things they talked about
About 4 months ago I decided to try therapy and was recommended Head Agenda by my girlfriend. After getting in contact with them I was assigned to Darren and over that period of time I found him very helpful, I would definitely recommend him and say it was a really positive experience
My experience with Head Agenda has been liberating for me! I would recommend anyone that’s thinking of getting help to look no further.
I found Head Agenda through another website which recommended therapists. I have used Head Agenda for roughly 6 months and it has been a transformative experience. My therapist was professional, kind, understanding and helpful with making changes and seeing things in a new way. I can't recommend the experience enough.
I have had a few sessions with Debra. When I arrived for my first session she made me feel very comfortable and the session just flew by. Debbie really took the time to understand what I was saying and made me feel like she really wanted to help me through my problems. She has gone over and above expectations, supporting me through a very big decision. The rooms are very relaxing and comfortable and there is barely any noise from outside. I would fully recommend having sessions with Debra. She has really opened up my eyes to the reasons of why I feel the way I do and ways to try and reduce those feelings.
I came to see Mandy in autumn 2019 for some CBT to deal with my anxiety which at times spiralled out of control for weeks/months at a time. Mandy was great, in the end doing a combination of both therapy and CBT to explore where the anxiety had come from, as well as how to put it back in its box. She was great at challenging me, which is just what I needed. An immediate affect was feeling significantly less nervous about flying. I now find myself in week 5 of the UK COVID lockdown, a time that is causing anxiety for so many people, and able to cope. Yes, I have felt anxious (who hasn’t!!), but it has been for a maximum of an hour or two, and not endless. I can highly recommend Head Agenda. Thank you.
I was lucky enough to be helped by Mark. I can't find any fault with him. He made me feel comfortable from the get-go. Professional but personable, paid more attention to what I was saying than I did! He seems very intelligent but not at all condescending. If you have any issues you would like to talk through, I would recommend Mark 100%.
First ever experience with counselling for myself, and it has helped my tenfold. Would recommend to anyone.
I've been seeing June for a while now. I have tried a number of therapies and therapists over the years, but have never really felt heard or understood. I am able to be my authentic self with June, without any fear of judgement or embarrassment. She has an amazing way of challenging my thoughts, in a gentle way, but enough so to allow me to start to reconsider my own thoughts and feelings. She has already had a big impact on my life, and I cannot recommend her highly enough!
The office is lovely and calming, the other staff are always helpful and polite.
100% recommend Head Agenda!
Debra has been absolutely wonderful in helping me understand my mental health. She’s made me feel so calm and relaxed in sessions. Couldn’t recommend her enough!
Interesting, insightful and has been no end of help for my self improvement. Can't thank these lot enough. I feel much more confident and optimistic going forward and it’s down to Mark and the Head Agenda team.
Excellent service. Really useful. Helped a lot. Thanks