Nina Saunders BA (Hons) Registered Member BACP (Accred)

Nina Saunders BA (Hons) Registered Member BACP (Accred)

Stratford Upon Avon

Leamington Spa

07580 487041

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About me

I originally qualified with a BA (Hons) in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy. Having had extensive additional training and experience I now describe myself as working in an integrative and holistic way which is a ‘whole person’ approach, considering all the factors that go into making you who you are.

This integrative approach builds on the strong and supportive relationship we will first establish, a non-judgemental relationship of trust, empathy, support and genuine warmth. On the back of this relationship will then work to bring about real and lasting change to help you reach your full potential.  This way of working draws from a myriad of therapeutic approaches, modern science, including neuroscience, psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), quantum physics, epigenetics and ancient wisdoms and offers practical steps you can take and techniques you can apply, including mindfulness, that both research and experience has proven can help. It was this approach that both transformed me and inspired me to qualify as a practitioner myself.

I offer both short-term work, of generally between 8 to 12 sessions and longer term therapy.

The truth is we all need help from time to time. For some people life seems a constant struggle, for others difficulties ebb and flow.

You may be suffering, or have suffered from:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • relationship issues
  • stress
  • low self-esteem
  • loss of confidence, job / employment, independence, self
  • bereavement of a loved, or not so loved, one
  • anger
  • abuse or neglect
  • addictive behaviour
  • eating disorders
  • OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

Whatever your story is I am here for you.

I would not say I specialise in any particular area, however I do seem to be getting more and more clients in the last couple of years who are sufferers of anxiety, often in conjunction with some other symptom of distress. I recognise that even coming through the door can be particularly challenging for some clients and there are a number of ways that I can help with getting to that point.

Here is what one client has said:

Before attending counselling I was so nervous about the prospect of talking to somebody I didn’t know about the pain I was feeling. I was stuck in a spiral of negative thinking and couldn’t see a way out of it, In my eyes it was just how I was and I couldn’t imagine my life any other way. I was suffering with anxiety and low self esteem, without the confidence to tell anybody about it for the fear of being judged.

After taking counselling sessions with Nina, I can truly say that I now know I have the tools to prepare me with whatever comes my way. With her understanding nature and kind support I finally had the courage to deal with my insecurities and emotions. The worksheets and techniques really do work, a completely new approach to me in the beginning but one that is made everything clearer to me. The whole process has allowed me look at myself and life with a different perspective.

Training, qualifications & experience

University of Warwick BA (Hons) Degree in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy
University of Warwick - CPD Module - working with clients who have psychological disorders & mental health issues
University of Warwick - CPD Module - working with clients who have been abused
University of Warwick- CPD Module - working with clients who misuse drugs and alcohol
University of Warwick - CPD Module - Creative Approaches to working with clients in Person-centred Counselling and Psychotherapy
Professional Qualification in the therapeutic use of mindfulness
The Reach approach integrative and holistic training
Working with Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Working with Eating Disorders
Understanding Dementia
The use of mindfulness in therapy.
A foundation course in Awareness in Bereavement Care
Sex & Sexuality in a bereavement setting
Also the affects of Suicide on the bereaved
Attachment theory

I have worked in a number of organisations both specialist and general practice giving me a wide range of experience both in terms of symptoms of distress and age, my youngest client being aged 10 and my oldest being in their mid 80s. I am an accredited counsellor and am on the accredited register of the BACP.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


My aim is to empower individuals to live lives that are happy and fulfilling. Obviously I incur costs in providing therapy, however I do what we can to minimise these so as to accommodate as many of those as possible who wish to make the commitment to the process.

I therefore operate a flexible rate system that is based on conscience, clients determining their own rate. Working in this way, with some clients paying more than the average, I am able to support other clients at the lower end of the scale who would not otherwise be able to afford counselling. Experience has shown people respect this approach and therefore do not seek to exploit it. If you would like to talk about this I am happy to do so.

Sessions are weekly or fortnightly and typically 1 hour long (sometimes less for children, depending on age).

Further information

I aim to respond to clients whether calling or emailing, within 24 hours. If leaving messages by phone is not appropriate for any reason please advise of this and give specific times when I can call you.

Wherever possible I will meet with you within two weeks of you making contact. I am able to offer sessions Monday to Friday from 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. with some evening appointments also available. Saturday sessions are from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

I hold an advanced Criminal Record Bureau Certificate.

For those travelling by road:

The rooms in Leamington Spa are approximately 10 minutes drive from Junctions 12 and 13 of the M40. Parking is available outside.

For those travelling by train:

Leamington Spa railway station is approximately 15 minutes walk away. Leamington Spa is a main line station. There are direct trains from places such as Coventry (10 minutes) Banbury (15 minutes) Bicester (30 minutes) Oxford (35 minutes) Princes Risborough (50 minutes), High Wycombe (50 minutes), Reading (1 hour), Gerrards Cross and London Marylebone (1 hour 15 minutes) – Please note journey times are approximate

For those travelling by bus:

The nearest bus stop is on the Parade about 4 minutes walk away.

Maps & Directions

Stratford Upon Avon, CV37
Leamington Spa, CV32

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No

We are sorry we can't offer this, there are two steps to the building and stairs to the toilet, however we can offer Skype counselling.


We offer sessions Mon - Fri, 8.30 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. We also offer Skypetherapy, something we are very experienced in and that is growing in popularity.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults