Nancy Leaver: Accredited CBT Therapist/ Mindfulness Teacher
53 Brighton Grove
I'm Nancy, and I am an experienced accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Mindfulness Teacher. I have had 3 years training as a Counselling Psychologist and specialised in both Psychodynamic Psychotherapy training, DBT and specialist CBT approaches for personality disorder and psychosis. I take an interest in humanistic approaches to therapy. I believe that everyone deserves unconditional positive regard, empathy and to be listened to in an attentive way. I will offer a safe and comfortable space, where you will be allowed to explore your life time experiences, goals and dreams. I believe that everyone has resilience in order to move forward towards change.
I offer private face to face CBT and Humanistic Psychotherapy therapy sessions for adults (18+) who are experiencing distress. This could fall under depression, bereavement, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, specific phobias, social phobia and health anxiety. I have worked with people who have gone through a divorce, relationship breakdown or are still suffering over a bereavement.
I offer taster sessions in mindfulness, or the equivalent of an 8 week course for individuals or sets of 3 or 4 people. I could offer Skype sessions as an alternative approach.
I have had over ten years experience of working in the NHS in primary care services, and also had some experience in child and adolescent acute services. I have worked in an eating disorders service, an acute ward for people experiencing psychosis or bipolar disorder. 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 also taught an MBSR group for Healthcare Professionals and Therapists, and have undertaken my own emotional development through meditation
I sincerely believe that people have the courageousness to move forward in a way that is meaningful to them in therapy. 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.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications are as follows:
Current Studies: Doctorate in Counselling Psychology: Manchester University
Certificate in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
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 Honors in Social Psychology and Sociology
I have ten years experience of working in the NHS as a qualified CBT Therapist from December 2009. Before then, I 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
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- 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
- 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 issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Work Place Bullying.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Group therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
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. We can negotiate the price.
Mindfulness groups of 3 people: £30 per 1 1/2 hour session.
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 also 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|
Phone or e-mail me anytime. If you cannot get through straight away, please leave a message or text.I am very quick at responding. I'll be very happy to answer queries before the session.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|