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Counselling Services

Kathryn Howard - Acquired Brain Injury Counsellor

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

Kathryn or Kat (as she likes to be known) is our part-time Lead Counsellor and is a fully qualified accredited Counsellor and Brain Injury Case manager.  She joined Headway Surrey in December 2020.

Her passion at home and at work is brain injury. Kat started her career in brain injury in March 2001. She became a brain injury case manager in August 2010 and qualified as a counsellor in 2019. That amounts to over two decades of experience within the care industry, and brain injury rehabilitation and support. She has a great working knowledge of those affected by brain injury.

Kat uses 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.

In addition to Kat, we now have up to 4 Volunteer Counsellors to assist her. 


Short-Term Counselling

Short-term counselling is designed for those living with acquired brain injuries, 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.   

Headway Surrey's short-term counselling is for a course of six sessions.  It is highly subsidised and costs ONLY £60 for all 6 sessions. We have a bursary fund available for those in reduced circumstances. 

Each session lasts approximately 50 minutes and they are held either face to face in our centre (Guildford), online, or via telephone. The counsellor has the option to offer an additional 2 sessions in special circumstances after the 6th session.   

The counselling Team is led by Kat Howard and she is assisted by up to 4 Volunteer Counsellors.  All have regular independent counselling supervision and are BACP qualified.  

Contact Kat Howard directly on 07387 771220

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


In addition to counselling you may be interested in the other 2 courses we offer, both 6 weeks.  1) Understanding Brain Injury Course (for people with a brain injury).  2) Family and Carers Survival Toolkit Course.

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.

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.

Professional Training, Talks, Lunch & Learn

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.