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Victoria Pook, FDSC Integrative Counselling.

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 such as Anxiety, relationship issues and Depression to name but a few.

A good Counselling relationship is built on the ability to grow an authentic and confidential space 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.

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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
  • General anxiety disorder

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:


  • 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


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

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Jungian therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


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

£45.00 per session between 9am and 5pm
£50.00 per session between 5pm and 8pm

Single Session counselling £80.00

Student Discount 12.5%

Online appointments by Smoothbook

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

Further information

Single Session Counselling

This drop-in single session counselling is a new service I am offering; it can provide a fresh perspective. Often people feel very relieved after their first session of counselling. And for many, that’s sufficient. It’s a cathartic experience for them, and they take something away from the chance to bare their souls to another person. By focusing on a single issue of most concern to the person and the reason that brought them into counselling, a counsellor may be able to help provide the person with some guidance on how to best approach the issue. Most people have the tools and resources necessary to fix the problem in their life. They may need a little help finding them.

A session would last for 1.5 hours and cost £80



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


Have just started working back face to face with some amendments.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Victoria Pook, FDSC Integrative Counselling.

Victoria Pook, FDSC Integrative Counselling.

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