Nini Leaver MSc. MBACP (Acc.)
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, our lives have changed rapidly and fundamentally. There have been huge changes in the way we work and the way we live. Many are struggling financially and worried about the future. As we see the death toll rising each day, this is also a very frightening time for many, for ourselves or for family members. Things we previously took for granted are now unavailable - simple things, such as shaking hands, meeting with friends or going to the cinema. Every aspect of life is affected and that can be difficult to adapt to.
Most of us now have to stay in our own homes. For some, this can be a struggle because we face empty hours with 'too much' time to think. For others, relationships within the home can be strained from the pressures of life or the amount of time spent together. For many, loneliness is a troubling aspect of the isolation and, without support, this can become deeply troubling as well as pervasive. As the focus of my MSc Dissertation was loneliness as a lived experience, I am well placed to understand the surprising effects on a person of pervasive social isolation which are, as in grief, often unexpected.
Whether you are struggling with your own self, with fear or sadness, or in relationship to others, this is a difficult time and talking can come as a welcome relief.
I am offering telephone or video calls to provide a place where clients can be heard and supported in finding their own unique way through this unprecedented time.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been working in my own private practice since 2010 and working with people in varying degrees of crisis for over 25 years, in both paid and unpaid roles.
Qualifications: 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). After gaining sufficient experience and knowledge, in 2016 I was awarded Accredited status from the BACP.
Experience: Having worked as a therapist in a G.P's surgery, I am able to support clients presenting with a wide range of issues. 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 many 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.
Mental Health: I have a specialist knowledge of mental health diagnoses and treatments through my role as an advocate and gained Accreditation by the Law Society to represent clients at Mental Health Tribunals. I was appointed as an Associate Hospital Manager, sitting on a panel to hear appeals from patients detained under the Mental Health Act.
Lectures / Expert Reports: I have lectured to peers and other organisations on the deleterious effects of social isolation and loneliness, using the latest research on this ubiquitous 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.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Whilst my historical fee has been £50, due to the current pandemic I am currently offering telephone or video calls for a reduced rate of £30. In this way I can make available a service that can help clients cope in these exceptionally difficult times.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, my role is to help clients to find a better way through their difficulties and struggles. I can help to find a new way of seeing that makes life easier to bear; to reflect on how best to relate to loved ones; to understand the pernicious ways that loneliness can affect us and to see a pathway through the crisis.
In psychotherapy, video calls are not necessarily as good as meeting face to face, but it does provide an effective means of communication and is as good as it gets under the current conditions.