Victoria Pook, FDSC Integrative Counselling.
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
- Unhappy relationships
- Work stress
- 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)
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Concessions offered for
Have just started working back face to face with some amendments.
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