To reach out is the first step, I thank you for finding my details.
My name is Victoria Brooke, my empathic approach will provide you a safe space to explore counselling.
I understand the courage it will take to start your journey, finding a professional like myself can be helpful.
I work without agenda and without judgment.
Together, I will help and support you to build the pathway to healing. Talking to me in confidence, I will provide you great relief and enable you to build greater resilience.
As a Gestalt therapist, I believe you as a person will be constantly changing. How you contact and respond to your environment, the world around you, will provide understanding to what may influence your feelings and emotions.
I believe that parts of you are intimately connected, each part is valid.
I believe your mental and social factors are important, to embrace this, will enable me to understand what parts of you need more attention to complete your journey.
Training, qualifications & experience
As a fully qualified Humanistic Gestalt Counsellor, I use a organic, holistic approach.
Since the summer of 2019, I have continued my work with military veterans within a Southampton based organisation, also supporting adults within my private practice based in Romsey.
Together, I will work towards unpicking and healing in areas of anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem.
My gentle, empathic approach, will create a safe space to talk. I provide a range of coping techniques, including grounding exercise and mindfulness to support your journey away from the counselling process.
My past 17-year career in the Commercial Finance sector, enabled me to focus on mental health challenges within an extremely demanding sale environment. As a Wellbeing Champion, I focused in areas of Work Life Balance enabling me to develop supportive coping skills and find my counselling pathway. I have embraced my passion for helping and supporting others, starting a counselling career in 2017.
As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I adhere to the ethical framework, professionally delivering good and safe practice.
- Creative Counsellors, Walk & Talk Therapy - 2021
- University of Portsmouth Gestalt Counselling Diploma - 2021
- Eastleigh College, Level 3 ABC Counselling Skills – 2018
- Eastleigh College, Basics Counselling Skills – 2017
- My continuing development is a important and essential part of my practice.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My veteran work
I work with combat veterans who have specific needs, having supported veterans who are returning from combat experiences and diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a very daunting challenge, the need to feel purpose and ultimately rediscover your place in the world is where I can help you engage back into society. I embrace working with veterans since 2019, offering support when transitioning into civilian life.
My work with veterans is incredibly rewarding, I want to give the best of what I have as a counsellor if you choose to reach out to me. I love working as part of a team, I take pride in my work and how I deliver.
We may all need help at some point in our lives, I utilise various coping techniques, my own life experience, along with trauma-based therapy.
I continue my work with military veterans within a Southampton based organisation.
£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Please contact me for a consultation
£45 Per session
Concessions available for Counselling Students
Life can get busy sometimes. I offer flexible appointment bookings, working with your individual needs I will consider evening and weekend availability.
My mindfulness practice will bring your attention into the present moment, non-judgmentally, developing skills through mindful meditation.
Mindfulness Meditation is a powerful way of controlling your mind. It is a Buddhist tradition that enables the mind to process and clear out negative thoughts, to eventually find spiritual and mental relaxation.
Mindfulness is a psychological process, enabling the here and now to be brought into the present moment.
It is believed that the control over the mind, enables the body to heal, for example feeling stressed or angry can raise blood pressure, potentially causing a heart attack or stroke, these feelings can eat away at the body. Holding tension within you, which can manifest into physical pain and further health problems.
I will always be mindful of the environment being created.
Ways I can help you apply:
Being at one with nature (explore your surroundings)
Eating and drinking (Mindfulness eating – listen your body)
Explore where you are, in this moment right now
Grounding – Exploring the five senses (Taste, smell, touch, hearing, sight)
Benefits of applying mindfulness:
Acceptance of others
Concentration reduces rumination, recovery from stressful events and emotional regulation (Able to see clearer and search for a solution)
Enjoy life (Become resilient/manage pain)
Health benefits - Relieves stress, anxiety (Reduces risk of depression)
Loose your mind and come to your senses
Recharge/Rebalance/Refocus (Improves quality of sleep)
Reduce worry and anxiety
Self-Awareness/connect mind and body (May help healthier eating habits (Self-awareness of body – allergies/intolerances)
Slow down/Calm (Clarity of the mind (Dealing with situations clearer, aiding mental health)
Uncover deeper feelings and emotions
Can enhance memory (Decreasing the mind from wondering, improve concentration, learning and creativity)
Walk and talk therapy
Walking therapy is a shared activity, creating different ways to explore your counselling pathway.
I will walk this path together with you.
Being outdoors may help open your mind and improve your general health and wellbeing.
Natural outdoor settings aid relaxation, releasing endorphins and calms the mind enough to connect to the rhythm of what is going on around you, whilst building the therapeutic relationship.
Being outdoors may calm you, aid focus and thought processes, enabling you to make meaning of intrusive thoughts.
Creative, walking therapy can be particularly helpful when there are things you cannot say in words. I use a range of ways to express and develop meaning to what is coming up in the present.
I believe you cannot use up creativity, the more you use, the more you have.
Releasing creativity within, may bring you possibilities and allow you to discover new ideas. To explore limiting thoughts and negotiating life, can be difficult to express.
Creative, walking therapy sessions may help you discover who you truly are, and make sense of your world.
"We are all just walking each other home"