Nina Leonard MBACP Registered Psychotherapist
I know looking for psychological help and choosing a counsellor can be a difficult and confusing experience.
In my experience, many people who seek therapy are hoping that their counsellor has enough knowledge, training and experience to understand what they are going through. At same time, we also need to learn some simple and effective strategies to manage our difficulties, and to achieve positive changes in the long-term.
This understanding informs how I work with clients, only using psychological interventions which are well researched and proven to be effective, such as CBT and integrative counselling.
I have developed and widened my skills and knowledge through working with numerous clients as an NHS psychological therapist and tutoring courses on self-management of depression and anxiety with the NHS and other organisations.
I help my clients learn effective and relevant strategies, so that they can help themselves outside of therapy room. Some achieve their goals in just a handful of sessions, and some need longer-term, deeper work, which involves processing some strong feelings, whilst developing resilience and perspective.
Training, qualifications & experience
TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS:
Diploma in Creative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling
Postgraduate Certificate in Psychological Therapies (NHS programme)
Accredited Clinician Tutor with Self-Management of Depression Programme (NHS)
Trainer and Skills Coach in clinical communication skills when working with long-term conditions (NHS)
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling
Post Graduate Diploma and BA Hons in History & Modern Languages
I have worked in a variety of clinical mental health settings, including Primary Care and acute psychiatric wards, for nearly a decade. I have worked as a Psychological Therapist in one of the NHS Depression & Anxiety Service teams, and have practiced as a counsellor for over five years.
The training I've received within the NHS in preliminary mental health diagnosis and evidence-based therapies, helps make my psychotherapy practice safe and appropriate to the issues presented.
I have taught CBT-based courses in self-management of depression and anxiety for the NHS and other organisations for over six years.
I have co-facilitated Advanced Development Programme sessions with a clinical psychologist, Prof Larry Baker (Torbay Primary Care Trust & Health Foundation). The programme was developed to teach clinicians (mainly GPs) to communicate effectively with people who live with depression and other long-term conditions. I have also delivered numerous skills coaching sessions for clinicians with the Programme.
Prior to my clinical work, I have undertaken post-graduate research and worked as a lecturer at the University of Exeter. I have also worked in the field of diversity and equality, and as a graduate management trainee with one of the national fast track civil service programmes.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
£50 per session. I offer a free initial telephone consultation for up to 20 mins.
I am a registered psychotherapist with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their codes of ethics and professional practice.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer sessions during daytime and evenings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|