Headway East London
Headway East London offers support and services to brain injury survivors and to their families and carers across north east London. Its core service is the Headway House – a community where we create opportunities for people to make the most of their abilities and skills. As the effects of brain injury are long-term, so is our support.
- Our services include:
- Headway House
- Therapy Services
- Family Support
- Young People’s Services
- Community Support Worker Service
Therapy Services - Brain Injury Counselling/Psychotherapy
Headway East London has many years of experience offering counselling/psychotherapy to clients with brain injury. After a brain injury you might experience difficulties involving relationships, memory, planning/organisation, speech, physical disability, managing emotions, and changes in role and identity. The therapeutic approach is adapted to meet an individual's needs to enable engagement in the therapeutic process and speak about life changes caused by the injury.
Headway East London Counselling/Psychotherapy aims to help people come to terms with loss, life changes and struggles caused by brain injury and to reduce the risk of further emotional distress and social isolation. It also assists people with gaining insight into their emotional difficulties and learn techniques to manage them more effectively. There is a psycho-educational aspect to the work to support people with understanding their brain injury and learning strategies to compensate for difficulties.
What is Counselling/Psychotherapy?
Counselling and Psychotherapy focuses on helping a person to talk about their thoughts, feelings, relationships, behaviours and other factors that could have an impact on their wellbeing. It is usually a talking therapy; however alternative approaches are used to support people to express themselves at Headway, such as writing, art and other conversation aids. Psychotherapy is a therapeutic approach used to work with many issues including:
- Anger Management
- Loss and Grief
- Confidence and Self-Esteem
- Anxiety and Worry
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Pain Management
- Alcohol and Substance Misuse
- Interpersonal skills and Relationship difficulties
The Headway Brain Injury Counsellor/Psychotherapist is fully accredited by the BACP and is a qualified Systemic Practitioner. We work with individuals, couples and families. The Headway Brain Injury Counsellor works integratively drawing from a variety of different therapeutic approaches. This helps to adjust the approach to suit the individual. During the initial consultation we will speak with you about the difficulties you might be facing and the kinds of therapy you might find helpful. We also offer both short term problem focused therapy and longer term therapy. You may also wish to hear about and access other services on offer.
The Headway Brain Injury Counsellor draws from theories including; psychodynamic; systemic; interpersonal; Cognitive behavioural and Neuropsychology (Knowledge of brain injury including cognitive and physical affects). The relationship is the most important part of the therapeutic work but theory informs our understanding. Theory helps us to think with you about the injury and other life experiences and the possible links to current difficulties/patterns. Theoretical knowledge also provides helpful strategies which can be utilised outside of therapy to empower people in difficult situations. We also provide a psycho-educational approach, as many people feel a huge sense of relief when they can make sense of the symptoms of brain injury. For us, the most important part of therapy is to experience a supportive and confidential space where we can be heard and not judged. This provides the foundation for working together to gain understanding and insight into problems and begin to think about solutions.
The Headway Brain Injury Counsellor has nearly 10 years experience of working in many settings including; the NHS, private psychiatric hospitals and various charities. Five years have been spent specialising in working with clients with brain injury at Headway East London and for the NHS.
If you would like to talk about the possibility of counselling/psychotherapy please telephone us and speak to Natasha Lockyer, Nadia Applegate or Tina Greenhill.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc Psychology 1999
MSc Therapeutic Counselling 2005
Extended training course in Cognitive Therapy 2006
Graduate Certificate in Systemic Practice (couples and families) 2011
Post Graduate Certificate in Systemic Practice (children and families) 2012
Fully Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist with BACP.
Qualified Systemic Practitioner.
Member organisations *
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.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
We have specialist experience of working with people with acquired brain injury.
Please enquire regarding our fee's which are calculated on an individual basis.