Nini Leaver MSc. MBACP (Acc.)

Nini Leaver MSc. MBACP (Acc.)

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Clearwater Mews
Stour Street

01227 450661 / 07818061608 (preferred)

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About me

I am an experienced psychotherapist, previously treating clients within the NHS, with over 25 years of experience working with those who are in crisis or need support at a difficult time.

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 (MSc with merit) in Therapeutic Counselling; a Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).  I have also been awarded Accredited status from the BACP

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 to all manner of psychological difficulties . 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 London University setting, I gained experience with a culturally diverse group of 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 gained Accredition by the Law Society to represent clients at Mental Health Tribunals. I was appointed an Associate Hospital Manager, sitting on a panel to hear appeals from patients detained under the Mental Health Act.

I have lectured to peers and other organisations on the deleterious effects of social isolation and loneliness, using the latest research on this ubiqitous psychological issue. I have also written expert reports for Crown Court hearings offering a psychotherapeutic analysis of a defendant's state of mind at the time of the offence.

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 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). A reduced cost 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 9.30pm.

Maps & Directions

Canterbury, CT1 2NZ

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: Yes


Daytime and evening appointments available - 12 to 9.30pm.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme