Dr Nancy Leaver: Counselling Psychologist
53 Brighton Grove
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 struggle because they have been blocked by depression, experienced a relationship breakdown or bereavement, trauma, low mood or anxiety. I am trained in CBT techniques that help people develop creative ways of managing these blocks and then to find ways of making significant changes in their life. I build on people's strengths and courage for entering into a process that could be challenging, yet at the same time very hopeful. I see therapy as a creative and a deeply personal journey. I believe that everyone has the resilience in order to move forward in way that is very meaningful.
My completed in counselling psychology has also enabled me develop a strong ethical humanistic ethos. This means that I believe that change and development occurs because of the quality of the therapeutic relationship. Due to this, I create a safe space which allows people to explore their experiences where they are heard and held in mind. I believe that everyone deserves unconditional positive regard, empathy and to be listened to in an attentive way. The room is also a safe space - it consists of a soft armchair, which will bring some comfort during the therapy process.
Whilst training as counselling psychologist, I received two years of specialised supervision in psychodynamic psychotherapy, informed CBT techniques for borderline states, eating disorders and for people who hear voices. 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 worked in primary care adult mental health, an eating disorders service and within an acute ward for people who have more complex needs. 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
- Existential therapy
- Group therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
- Other therapies
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.
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
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
e-mail me and I'll phone straight back. I am quick at responding.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|