About us

Simmons House Adolescent Unit is an in-patient psychiatric unit for young people between 13 to 17 years of age. The unit has places for a maximum of 12 young people all of whom are resident.


The average length of admissions varies according to clinical need. Some young people admitted as emergencies may spend a few days or weeks on the unit: young people admitted for outcome-focussed treatment will usually be admitted to Simmons House for between six and nine months.


The length of stay at Simmons House depends on the young person's clinical needs and is decided in conjunction with: young people, parents/carers, referrers and the Simmons House team.

Adolescents and their families/carers receive an individually planned and structured treatment package combining as appropriate: psychiatric assessment and medication, family therapy (which is often videod), individual therapy, occupational therapy, group work and education.


All young people should have a place to live during their time at Simmons House. The unit cannot be an adolescent’s home as adolescents should not have their home in hospital.

Our aims

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Our aims

The overall service that Simmons House offers is based upon evidenced based practice and the experience of the team.


We aim to provide a high-quality, multi-disciplinary mental health service for young people with emotional and mental health problems.


Simmons House gives priority to the needs of young people and, wherever possible, works in partnership with parents and/or carers.

We work in close collaboration with other child agencies to ensure the provision of the most effective service in the best interests of the adolescent.


We aim to provide a service which respects the gender, race, sexual orientation, and culture of all adolescents and families referred to the service. We try to ensure that these issues are actively considered in offering appropriate advice and treatment.


Our staff


Our staff

Our staff

Clinical Staff

  • Dr Neil Stewart, consultant child & adolescent psychiatrist & lead clinician

  • Dr Paula Lopez, consultant child & adolescent psychiatrist

  • Dr Alzbeta Karlikova, ST6

  • Dr Mamas Pipis, ST6

  • Dr Rebecca Long, CT2

  • Dr Tass Chin, CT2

  • Dr Jacob Clark, senior clinical psychologist

  • Dr Keira James, clinical psychologist

  • Ms Marica Rytovaara, consultant in adolescent psychotherapy

  • Dr Anthony Ogoe, adolescent psychotherapist

  • Ms Jo Levitt, family therapist and service manager

  • Miss Katie McDonald, occupational therapist

  • Ms Dorothy Thompstone social worker

  • Ms Maxine Phelops,  pharmacist

  • Ms Sonia Miller, medical secretary & MHA administrator

  • Ms Martha Sanchez, medical secretary & MHA administrator

  • Miss Lina Stavrakaki, trainee adolescent psychotherapist

Nursing Staff

  • Mrs Nikki Alterman, lead nurse (ML)

  • Mrs Leah St Phillip, lead nurse

  • Mr Gary McStravick, ward manager

  • Ms Josephine Ojinma, clinical charge nurse

  • Ms Lucie Praglova, clinical charge nurse

  • Ms Asun Garcia, clinical charge nurse

  • Mr Ashley Atuahene, clinical charge nurse

  • Ms Hayleigh Rust, staff nurse

  • Mr Johnathan Rose, staff nurse

  • Ms Michaela Lydon, staff nurse

  • Ms Hilary Goldberg, staff nurse

  • Ms Gelena Geits, staff nurse

  • Mr Riccardo Campodifiori, staff nurse

  • Mrs Suzanne Mckeown, staff nurse

  • Ms Natalie Macfarlane, staff nurse

  • Mr Luke Addy, nursing assistant

  • Ms Nancy Onuma, nursing assistant

  • Ms Cheyene Samuel, nursing assistant

  • Ms Beverlina Akoto, nursing assistant

  • Ms Nancy Quilliam, nursing assistant

  • Ms Jasmin Selby, nursing assistant

  • Ms Idil Sarioglu, nursing assistant

  • Ms Morgan Ryce, nursing assistant

  • Mr Cory Lee, nursing assistant,

  • Mr Matthew Romo, nursing assistant

  • Ms Eva Michaelson, nursing assistant

Teaching Staff

  • Ms Lorraine Coady, Educational lead

  • Mr Mike McMillan, Education Business Lead

  • Ms May Lee Allen Teacher

  • Ms Lauren Alborough, Teaching Assistant


  • Ms Kathleen Duncan, psychotherapy assistant

  • Mr Rodrigo Clarke, psychotherapy assistant 

  • Holly Bemrose Trainee psychologist


How to find us

How to find us
Here is a short video of the journey

By Car

Woodside Avenue is marked in the maps above and can be approached from Highgate/Archway, Muswell Hill, Barnet via the A1 or Enfield and Haringey via the North Circular Road and Colney Hatch Lane. There some disabled parking facilities.

By Public Transport

The nearest tube stations are Highgate or East Finchley on the Northern Line. The 134 and 43 buses stop close to the Unit.


Useful links

Useful links

Useful Mental Health Sites

The Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has a number of advice leaflets for young people and their carers.



Young Minds

Young Minds has information and links to many other resources for young people and their carers.



RU-OK » Self-help for teenagers

RU-OK is about you helping yourself - coping with common, and sometimes serious problems, as well as using your strengths.



The Law and Your Rights

The Children's Legal Centre

The Children's Legal Centre is a unique, independent national charity concerned with law and policy affecting children and young people


National Youth Advocacy Service

NYAS ensures that the voices of children and young people are heard in all matters affecting them


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Evidence-Based Practice Unit


Choosing What's Best For You: What scientists have found helps children and young people who are sad, worried or troubled (2007)

A booklet that explains the latest research in this area to children and families to help them make treatment choices.



Simmons House 53 Woodside Avenue, London N10 3HU

​020 3316 1751 / 1753 / 1754 (Office)

020 3316 1771 / 1772 (Nursing*)

020 3316 1790 / 1791 (Night Nursing)


* Please note that the Nursing Team will be less available to talk at the following times due to handovers:


07:30 - 07:45 - Night to Early shift

08:30 - 08:45 - Handover to teachers

09:00 - 09:30 - Multidisciplinary handover and planning

13:30 - 14:00 - Early to Late shift and MDT, community meeting planning

20:30 - 21:00 - Late to Night shift.