I am a fully qualified counsellor and registered member of BACP offering short and long term therapy, depending on your needs, for a wide range of issues including (but not limited to): anxiety, depression, grief and loss, low self-esteem, relationship and/or family difficulties, stress control and trauma recovery. My practice is on Grosvenor Street in Mayfair, a few minutes' walk from both Bond Street and Oxford Circus stations. I welcome all enquiries.
As a counsellor, I offer a safe and supportive environment where you can explore whatever may be troubling you. I aim to provide a space where we can work together to reflect and try and make sense of what is going on for you at the moment, as well as help you find your way through this experience. You may be going through a specific experience, or perhaps you don’t know what you are feeling, only that something isn’t right and you would like a change and someone to talk to. I strive to develop a warm environment and equal relationship where talking about what most concerns you is possible and many clients have commented that they feel able to do this from early on in their sessions. I welcome anyone regardless of whatever you may be experiencing and regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation or cultural or religious background.
What can I expect to see happening in me over the course of the counselling?
If you have never experienced therapy before, it is usual that you may feel unsure about what to expect. Some common benefits of counselling that clients have said they have gained and that you could experience are:
- Feeling more relaxed and accepting of yourself and more comfortable in your own skin
- Having better confidence in your own judgement
- Being able to get better in touch with your feelings and express them
- Having new ways of managing, behaving, feeling and thinking
- Having a better sense of direction and what to do next
- Feeling more in control
- Increased coping mechanisms
- A reduction in the intensity of your feelings and initial difficulties
- A beneficial impact on your domestic, social and working life
- Feeling a sense of relief and release, like a weight has been lifted
“Your kind nature and gentleness shone through from the start, which allowed me to quickly establish trust in our engagement...”
"Working with you has enabled me to take control again of my world and see and accept who I am and the impact my life experiences have had on my state of mind and mental health..."
"I knew something was not quite right but I did not know what. I did not think therapy was for me but felt the need to talk. Olivia’s warmth made my first steps comfortable. This journey opened my eyes to many aspects of myself, allowing me to know myself better and accept myself more. I felt much lighter at the end of our time together. Thank you."
Please feel free to refer to my website for further information: www.oliviaseddoncounselling.co.uk
How can I get started with counselling?
The best way forward would be to arrange an initial session, where we can explore your situation and also how I can help you. From this session, you will get a sense of how I work and whether you feel I am the right counsellor for you; I believe that the quality of the relationship between client and counsellor is incredibly important and so it is worth doing a bit of research to find a counsellor who you feel comfortable with and who is a good fit for you and your needs.
If you would like to book an initial session, or have any questions before doing so, then please feel free to get in touch by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I welcome all enquiries and will respond to you within twenty four hours. I also offer a free phone consultation before this where you can ask any questions that you may have before meeting.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified counsellor and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Registered Member MBACP) and I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I hold a BA (Hons) degree in Person Centred Counselling from the University of Middlesex and a Diploma in Person Centred Counselling from the Metanoia Institute in London.
I am experienced in supporting people with a range of issues including anxiety, bereavement and loss, depression, low self-esteem, relationship issues, stress control and work related issues. I also have further experience and training in supporting people experiencing loss, complicated grief and traumatic bereavement.
Outside of my private practice, I have experience of seeing clients at a bereavement service in South London. I also have experience of seeing clients at Shaw Trust, a not-for-profit organisation providing those at disadvantage in the community with a range of practical and emotional support.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My standard fee is £70 for a 50 minute session. Some concessions are available for counselling students and longer term clients and please free to ask about this when contacting me.
Counselling is fully confidential. However, if I had serious concern for your safety or the safety of another person, then statutory law and the BACP ethical framework would require me to breach confidentiality. I will always seek to discuss this with you first directly. We can talk about this more when contracting our work together in the initial session.