Nini Leaver

Nini Leaver


01227 450661 / 07818061608 (preferred)

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01227 450661 / 07818061608 (preferred)

About me

Even those of the sunniest disposition need help at some time in their lives to overcome difficulties. It may be that a problem has persisted for a long time with no obvious solution; perhaps it would be too difficult to share a problem with friends and relations; maybe its not known what the problem is, there is just a lingering sense of unease; perhaps its been hard to adjust to change or relationships have become conflicted.  Whatever the source of the problem, talking to someone really can help.  

Whether clients are seen for six sessions or longer, a lot can be achieved through therapy.  I can offer a safe place where issues can be explored and solutions found.

I am an integrative therapist, which means that I use various techniques when working with clients but my main orientation is psychodynamic - helping clients to explore the past so that they can gain an understanding of their current disruptive thoughts, feelings and behaviours.  I can help clients to understand why they are feeling the way they are, to identify the source of the problem and find a better way of living.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified psychotherapist / counsellor with a Master's Degree in Therapeutic Counselling; a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and entered on their Accredited Register. 

I have been working with people in varying degrees of crisis for over 25 years, in both paid and unpaid roles, and have a wealth of experience to draw on.

Having worked as a therapist in a G.P's surgery, I am able to support clients presenting with a wide range of issues - from health related difficulties to mid-life crisis. I have specialised in grief and loss and undertaken extra training through my work in Hospices with patients and their families. As a counsellor within a University setting, I gained experience with a culturally diverse group of student clients. For a number of years, I supported clients who were at risk of suicide and trained volunteers to support this vulnerable group. I have also volunteered at a specialist charity supporting those suffering from mental health difficulties and their families.

I have a specialist knowledge of mental health diagnoses and treatments through my other role as an advocate and am accredited by the Law Society to represent clients at Mental Health Tribunals.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Dysthymia (melancholy)
Existential crisis
Mid-life crisis
Personal dilemmas


Initial Assessment session at reduced fee of £25.
My fee for a full 60 minute session is £45.
Some concessions are available dependent upon circumstances e.g students.

Further information

I see clients in a room specifically designed for therapy discreetly within my own home in the city centre of Canterbury.

Parking is available next to my house and there are good transport links to Canterbury.

I am able to work with clients in the short term (generally an intensive 6 weeks of treatment) or offer long term work (although in the first instance, I would arrange to see a client for a limited period and then review our work together). An assessment is undertaken with all new clients to see if we can work well together.

I am able to offer later evening appointments for clients who may be unavailable during the day - up to 9pm.

Maps & Directions

Canterbury, CT1

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Daytime and evening appointments available - 12 to 9 pm.

Types of client

Older adults
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