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Registered Counsellor/ Psychotherapist, MSc. MBACP (Acc.).

About me

For some, the love and support offered by family and friends is enough to get them through difficult times. But for others, this may not be enough. A problem may persist over a long time, perhaps advice is given that is well meant but not wanted, sometimes it can feel like others just don't understand your inner experiences, or it may be too difficult to talk to people who are themselves affected. In those instances it may come as a relief for you to talk to a therapist who has no personal involvement, is able to offer a nuanced understanding of what you are going through and can help you to find a way through troubled times.  And this support is offered in the safety of the therapeutic relationship (the unique relationship between the therapist and the client).

I am an experienced psychotherapist and counsellor offering treatment for a broad range of issues including grief and loss, relationship difficulties, depression and anxiety.  

Please see my website for further information:

https://ninileavercounselling.co.uk/

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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Dysthymia (melancholy)

Existential crisis

Mid-life crisis

Personal dilemmas

Loneliness

Fees

£60.00 per session

Additional information

Reflecting my experience and qualifications, my fees are £60 for an initial one hour consultation and thereafter £60 for each 55 minute session if treatment continues.

When I work

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Daytime and evening appointments available, Monday to Thursday -

12.00pm to 9.00pm.

Further information

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.

Canterbury, Kent, CT1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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