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Counselling Services

Kat Howard - Counselling Manager

BA (hons) Dip. Couns MBACP 382708 / BABICM 0973

Kat (short for Kathryn) is the Counselling Manager, she joined Headway Surrey in 2020.  She is a fully qualified accredited Counsellor and a Brain Injury Case Manager.  She is a member of: BACP, BABICM, APIL, KABIF, SABIF, UKABIF.

Her passion at home and at work is brain injury. Kat started her career in brain injury in 2001, becoming a brain injury case manager in 2010 and a qualified counsellor in 2019.  She has a great working knowledge of those affected by brain injury.

For counselling Kat prefers a humanistic, integrative and relational model which focuses on self-development, growth, responsibility and self-empowerment. She has specialist training in loss, trauma, suicide awareness and bereavement. She has also been a long-term volunteer for St. Winifred's Hospice, Sussex and a Trustee of The Silverlinings. Kat offers a safe space to enable change without judgement where each person can explore and discuss their issues.

Kat coordinates and manages 4 Volunteer Trainee Counsellors, who are Level 4 or above Counselling Diploma students (foundation degree or higher learning) and who have completed Year 1 of their Level 4 successfully on an accredited course with British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or equivalent.

The Volunteer Trainee counsellors receive regular monthly supervision from a highly qualified Clinical Supervisor, following BACP ethics and supervision from Kat at other times.


Short-Term Counselling

Headway Surrey offers special short-term counselling which is designed for those living with acquired brain injuries and/or their families and carers in the Surrey area. Those with brain injury and their families may find that they need some extra support at different times, with emotional and mental health issues. 

People outside of Surrey can access this support but Surrey residents will take precedence.  If you live outside Surrey, check Headway UK to see if there is a Headway in your county or area offering similar services. 

Course: 6 Sessions (8 in special circumstances).

Session length: 50 minutes.

Format: Held face to face in Guildford, or online, or on the telephone.  You decide. 

Cost - Pay what you can afford

  • From £10 a session.  These sessions are highly subsidised by charity fundraising.  Eg. counselling sessions usually cost from £45 a session, therefore a course of 6 sessions would cost £270, whereas ours will cost from £60. 
  • If you cannot afford £10 a session because you are on a low income or unable to work, we have a limited number of bursary places, please enquire.  

To put your name on the waiting list or ask any questions, please contact Kat Howard, Counselling Manager, directly on 07387 771220

Other Courses

1) Understanding Brain Injury Course for people with a brain injury. 

2) Family and Carers Survival Toolkit Course for those looking after someone with a brain injury.

If you are struggling to cope ring the Samaritans on 116 123 or look at their website for helpful information and further contacts



Other Services

Charges and Referral

Read about our charges and how to be referred to Headway Surrey.

Art Sessions

Read about our sessions. The first one is free!

Brain Injury Education Workshops

Education workshops aim to help the understanding of how brain injury affects a person’s thinking skills.

Brain Injury ID Card

The Card is designed to help the general public and Police to more easily identify brain injury survivors and ensure that they receive an appropriate response and support.

Centre Day (Workshops)

Education workshops aim to help the understanding of how brain injury affects a person’s thinking skills.

Coffee Morning Online

This is a FREE SERVICE and is available to anyone with an Acquired Brain Injury.

Family and Carers Survival Toolkit Course

Family, close friends and carers are important and need their own space and time to deal with the effects of being with and caring for someone with a brain injury.

Friday Friends Drop In

This is a FREE SERVICE and is available to anyone with an Acquired Brain Injury.

One to One Individual or Family Sessions

We offer one to one education sessions on zoom for individuals or family groups to educate and support on individual issues.

Lunch & Learn Professional Talks

We can provide tailored training to your staff or group. This can be a presentation on a particular topic or a question-and-answer session.

Understanding Brain Injury Course

Adults with a brain injury learn about the brain and changes to cognition, fatigue, emotion and communication.

How you can Help Us

Donate to Headway Surrey

We rely on voluntary donations to continue to provide vital services to brain injury survivors and their families. There are many ways to make a donation


Whatever your skills and experience - we can find you a role.


It is surprisingly easy to help raise funding for Headway Surrey.