Victoria Pook

Victoria Pook

Swindon
SN1

07557739710 / 07557 739710

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Swindon
SN1

07557739710 / 07557 739710

About me

I consider counselling to be an opportunity to have a different kind of conversation. Two people meet for sessions they talk and listen; however, unlike social conversations, the emphasis is on one person – you – as you address the problems and difficulties you are experiencing.

A good Counselling relationship is built on the ability to grow an authentic and confidential rapport between client and therapist. It is a space where you can bring your difficulties, worries, anxieties, frustrations, feeling sad, family and relationship issues in this space you will experience a non-judgemental and empathic space to reflect on issues that have brought you to counselling. Counselling provides the client with this unique space that is often hard to find in life’s day to day relationships. However, it is not about giving advice or opinions it is about helping the client to find their own solutions.

To achieve the most from the counselling sessions, a weekly commitment is ideal. However, I can be flexible depending on your circumstances. The length of therapy is difficult to judge and will be reflective on you, For some people addressing a specific, current problem, a few sessions may bring enhanced understanding and positive change, while those with more deep-rooted issues may benefit from longer-term counselling. We can review this on a 6 weekly basis, and discuss in our initial session.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified integrative counsellor working in swindon, and I am a registered member of the British Association for counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for counselling professionals.

Before becoming a counsellor, I worked with young people who suffered from attachment disorder after suffering from traumatic childhoods resulting in emotional and antisocial behaviour, anxiety and depression.. Working with these young people and helping them to make connections between their early years and how it affected their later behaviours was an insightful experience thus spurring me on to a counselling foundation degree course to further my knowledge and ability to use with others.

I provide counselling sessions for individuals face to face on a short or long term basis to help them overcome such problems as:

  • Addictions, especially to drugs, alcohol, gambling and sex
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Difficulty in controlling anger
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Unhappy relationships
  • Work stress
  • Trauma
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Abuse – sexual, physical, emotional
  • Adoption issues

However, not all problems can have a subject heading, and if life is hard for you but you can’t explain why then we can work that out together.

My approach is to foster lasting change and growth in a warm and therapeutic relationship based on trust and respect. Depending on the nature of your presenting issue, I may incorporate elements of different approaches to suit your pace and preferred way of work:

Qualifications

  • Health and social care for children and young people NVQ 3
  • Foundation degree (FDSC) integrative counselling
  • Transactional analysis 101
  • Eating disorders
  • Professional Bodies Member of the British Association for counselling and psychotherapy (BACP)

Member organisations

BACP

Fees

All sessions last 50 minutes, and it is recommended on a weekly basis, I can provide this on a short or long term basis.

£40.00 per session between 9am and 5pm
£45.00 per session between 5pm and 8pm

Payments are made at each counselling session by cash, cheque or bank transfer. The fee remains payable unless 24 hours’ notice is given.

Maps & Directions

Swindon, SN1

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Availability

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays various appointment times.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Families
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