Veronica Prasad-Woodcock BA(Hons) MBACP(Accred)
Firstly, thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I am an Integrative Counsellor, registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I offer counselling to adults aged 18 and over who are experiencing difficulties in their lives such as stress, anxiety , low self-esteem, depression, bereavement, discrimination, cultural or identity issues or relationship difficulties.
My theoretical orientation is rooted in the person-centred approach. This supports my belief that we all have the ability to find the answers we seek when provided with the right therapeutic conditions in a caring, non-judgemental and safe space.
Over the years I have been fortunate to work and live within a diverse range of communities. The knowledge and experience gained from people coming from all walks of life has given me a deeper understanding of myself and others. I can draw on these insights and my studies to empower my clients to help themselves. I strive to offer a warm and empathetic practice.
I believe that we are all unique and counselling needs to be reflective of this. A collaborative and engaging process that is governed by what feels relative and most important to each individual is crucial. My flexible approach means we can cover deep exploratory work, which may take more time; or, we can focus on the here and now which may be more short term. Gaining an insight of how habitual thought patterns may influence behaviour, mood and physical symptoms can lead to better self-awareness and understanding. Alongside this comes empowerment, through embracing your vulnerabilities and accessing your inner resilience.
My hope is that an authentic, meaningful, trusting and caring relationship will be developed with my clients which will set the foundation for fresh insights, changes and choices.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
- Certificate of proficiency (BACP)
- Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB)
- University of Oxford Undergraduate Introduction to Counselling
- BA (Hons) in Law and Society (with combined studies)
I regularly attend Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events which keep me up to date and enhance my Counselling practice. Over the past year I have been pursuing training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy on a BPS (British Psychological Society) approved course of study.
Over the years I have gained invaluable and varied experience in the voluntary sector both as a counsellor and as a mentor. Charities include Mothertongue (Multi-ethnic counselling and listening service), Time to Talk (young adults) , Trust House Reading (working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse), No 5 in Reading and counselled at a sixth form College.
I have been in practice for several years.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Cultural identity and cross cultural issues including feelings of displacement.
I work with Adults aged 18 and up.
The prospect of attending counselling may feel daunting for many reasons. Finding the right Counsellor is a very important first step. An initial session of 30 minutes charged at £20 will give us both an opportunity to see if we can work together.
If you decide to pursue Counselling with me we will agree a suitable day and time. Sessions will be 50 minutes and are normally charged at £45, although some concessions are available, so please ask.
I also offer a student rate of £35 for a session of 50 minutes.
Please feel free to contact me if you need any further information.
Acceptable forms of payment are cash, or BACS.
Concessions offered for
I practice within easy reach of Reading Station. Parking is available in the nearby Oracle Shopping Centre, on London Street and Saxon Court. There are a number of buses that serve the area.