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Oli Sylvester, MA Dip Couns (MBACP)

Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7NU
07491 967230
Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7NU

About me

I believe that the only impossible journey is the one you never begin and that therapy can be an important stepping stone forward.

I provide both indoor and outdoor counselling sessions, and offer space for you to explore your experiences in a safe and supportive environment, to see things from new perspectives, to discover new meanings and build solutions to bring about positive change.

I have helped those battling with low mood & anxiety to find new ways of managing, those experiencing loss to find meaning, those having relationship issues to gain new perspectives, those struggling with their careers to gain greater clarity & confidence, and those feeling isolated to reconnect with themselves & others.

To get started all you need to do is call me on 07491 967230 or drop me email (oli@willowscounselling.com) to discuss your specific needs and arrange a time for your first appointment. It may feel a bit daunting at first but it really is that simple.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a post-graduate, BACP registered member with experience working in both general and youth counselling settings. My areas of specialist interest include anxiety, stress, loss, pain and life issues. I am also a member of Anxiety UK.

I hold the following qualifications:

  • Co-founder of The Willows - Counselling Service in Farnham, Surrey
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body)
  • Member of the Anxiety UK
  • Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory

I have experience working across a range of issues (both with young people and adults) including addiction, anxiety/stress, loss, family issues, depression, intimacy issues, self-esteem, loneliness, living with health issues, relationship issues, panic disorders, phobia, seasonal affective disorder and life changes.

I have participated in a broad range of counselling training courses in the following areas:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • ASD
  • Attachment and trauma
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Relationships
  • Safeguarding and child protection
  • Sex and sexuality
  • Self harm and suicide

I have a broad background in mental health and have held a number of senior leadership roles in a variety of healthcare-focussed businesses.  My background deeply informs my approach to therapy which draws upon humanistic, psychodynamic and solution-focussed modalities.

Member organisations


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

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.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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One-to-one counselling - £50 per session*
50 minute one-to-one counselling session with one of our professional therapists. The total number of therapy sessions you have depends on you. We will regularly review how you feel your therapy is progressing and how long you wish to continue. We would usually recommend weekly sessions.

Skype & telephone counselling - £50 per session
50 minute Skype or telephone counselling session with one of our professional therapists.

Walk & Talk counselling- £60 per session

50 minute outdoor session, instead of sitting in front of a counsellor in a traditional therapy room, the counselling session takes place outdoors walking side-by-side.

* If you are a new client there will be no charge for your first session.

Further information

I may be able to offer reduced fees depending on individual circumstances, please contact me for further details.

The Willows - Counselling Service
10 Borelli Yard

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


Monday to Saturday (7am-10pm)

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Oli Sylvester, MA Dip Couns (MBACP)

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