Nancy Leaver: Counselling Psychologist

Nancy Leaver: Counselling Psychologist

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Room 7
Norwood House
53 Brighton Grove
Greater Manchester
M14 5JT

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About me

I am Dr Nancy Leaver. I am a counselling psychologist and a BABCP accredited cognitive behavioural therapist and mindfulness teacher. I have worked with adults who may have been blocked by depression, experienced a relationship breakdown or bereavement. I am trained in interventions that help people develop creative ways of managing these blocks and then to find ways of making changes. I build on people's strengths and courage for entering into a process that could be challenging, yet very hopeful. I see therapy as a creative and a deeply personal journey.

My completed studies in counselling psychology has also enabled me develop a strong ethical humanistic ethos. This means that change occurs in the quality of the therapeutic relationship. I believe that everyone deserves unconditional positive regard, empathy and to be listened to in an attentive way.

Whilst training as counselling psychologist, I received two years of specialised supervision in psychodynamic psychotherapy for eating difficulties. I have used DBT skills in setting up and co-facilitating hearing voices, emotion regulation and mindfulness groups within a hospital setting. Outside of this setting, I have also set up MBCT groups for healthcare professionals and therapists.

I have had over ten years experience of working in the NHS and some experiences in working in a child and adolescent acute service. I have run drop-in MBCT groups at MIND, and have co-facilitated MBCT groups in an NHS setting working alongside Clinical Psychologists and other CBT Therapists.

I value connection, and that all people should be treated with the utmost respect, as a human being with human rights in the therapy space. This includes exploring other societal and cultural issues that could impact on them, such as discrimination, bullying, racism, abuse and other forms of prejudice. I believe that all experiences need to be heard and considered as important.

Training, qualifications & experience

My qualifications are as follows:

Doctorate in Counselling Psychology: Manchester University

Certificate in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Reading University

Foundation Course in Group Analysis: Group Analysis North

Masters in Education Psychology: Manchester University (distinction for thesis)

Post-Graduate Certificate in Primary Care Mental Health

BSc Honours in Social Psychology and Sociology

EFL Diploma (teaching English as a Foreign Language)

I have travelled widely and adapted well to different cultures. I lived and worked in Spain for three years, and spent some years working as an English Teacher.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have an interest in working with people who have experienced different types of discrimination, such as workplace bullying, harassment or racism.


I offer half an hour telephone consultation for free.

Individual Therapy: £50 per session. I charge a discount rate for students or people on lower income.

Mindfulness groups: We can discuss prices.

Further information

I keep up my professional competency through continuous personal training and development, engagement with clinical supervision, and through compliance with BABCP professional and ethical standards.

I am a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society and comply with their professional requirements and standards.

Maps & Directions

Manchester, M14 5JT

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


e-mail me and I'll phone straight back. I am quick at responding.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme