Colchester’s Colour5K 2019 launches with proud new sponsor!

We’re over the moon to announce that Attwells Solicitors will be sponsoring this year’s Colour5K event which will be held once again at Essex Showground on Saturday 29 June 2019.


Attwells new office in Colchester


We were fortunate enough to visit their new office in Colchester this week and meet some of the team who helped launch this year’s event.


Managing Partner, Nick Attwell said, “We are thrilled to be part of the Celebration of Colour with Headway Essex, being an integral part of the community is at the heart of the Attwells’ ethos and by working closely with charities, such as Headway Essex, we are able to support local people.”


Back for the seventh year running


The event which is now in its seventh year, seems to be getting bigger and better, runners will take on a 5 kilometre course and enter 5 colour zones, at every kilometre colour bandits will shower them with different coloured powdered paint until they end up their own work of art! There’ll also be a Kids 1 km Fun Run so the event is open to all ages and ability of runners.


This fun event is great to do with family, friends or colleagues. Runners will leave with paint in their hair and a massive smile on their faces.


At the finish line there is a huge colour extravaganza, where participants get to throw coloured paint at friends, family and anyone who wants to join in the fun!


Have fun and raise money for Headway Essex


Whether you’re a casual walker or regular runner, want some fun or just want to raise money for charity, you will love this event. Runners come from all different backgrounds and have one thing in common; they love fun!


Money raised from the event will go towards providing rehabilitation and support for brain injury survivors and their families and carers in Essex.


The event is also supported by Boot Group who each year donate the use of their field, the Ardleigh Showground.


Sign up today!


Entry is £22 for Adult, £16 Junior and £10 Kids 1 km run, there’s also a family ticket option available for £60 and discounts for teams of 10 or more. For more information and to book a place, visit the Headway Essex website www.headwayessex.org.uk or email: fundraising@headwayessex.org.uk

Understanding Stroke

Understanding Stroke

There are around 3,600 stroke admissions to Essex hospitals every year in the UK.  Like all organs, the brain needs the oxygen and nutrients provided by blood to function properly. When a stroke happens the supply of blood to the brain is restricted or stopped and brain cells begin to die. This can lead to and acquired brain injury and sometimes death.

The recent sudden death of actor Luke Perry at the age of 52 is a stark reminder that strokes can affect anyone at any time, regardless of age and lifestyle.

Over a third of Community Support clients have suffered a stroke

At Headway Essex, stroke is by far the largest single cause of brain injury for people who receive our support. Last year 107 people (35%) who used our Community Support Service had suffered a stroke, leaving lasting effects.

How Headway Essex is helping

We see the devastating impact a stroke can have on peoples’ lives affecting both the person who suffered the stroke and their family. At Headway Essex, we work with them to help them to overcome and cope with the impact.

Our wider role is to educate the community on the causes and effects of acquired brain injury and how to reduce the risk.

Reducing the risk of stroke    

Diagnosing and controlling high blood pressure is a key factor to reducing the risk of stroke. According to a report by the British Heart Foundation, it is estimated that there are 5.7 million adults living in the UK with undiagnosed blood pressure.

The most important thing is to get your blood pressure checked by your GP regularly and if you have high blood pressure, follow the advice of your GP to reduce it. As my GP once explained to me, ‘think of it as an insurance policy to reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke.’

There are also lifestyle tweaks that you can make to naturally reduce your blood pressure or avoid high blood pressure, which include more exercise, a healthy diet and cutting down on your salt intake.

Anyone at any age can make some small changes now that could have a major positive effect on health later on. Stroke admissions to Essex hospitals shows an upwards trend. We would love to see that trend reverse.

Please share this with your friends and family. And if you or a loved one is living with the effects of a stroke, please call our Community Support Team on 01206 768797 for further information on how we can help.


Parenting with a brain injury

Parenting with a brain injury


“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow”. This quote by Mary Anne Radmacher is one that mum, wife and blogger, Claire Withnall, holds close to her heart.

Why? Since her brain haemorrhage in August 2013, Claire has been striving for a ‘semblance of normality’, which just so happens to be the name of her Facebook blog. Here, we catch up with Claire.


Semblance of normality

Five and a half years ago busy mum, Claire, had a stroke at the age of 29. It was the result of a large brain haemorrhage caused by an Arteriovenous Malformation; a condition she was unknowingly born with.

It has been a long and difficult journey for Claire and her young family, but she is determined not to let her illness define her.

“I am now happily unemployable. I liked being at home anyway. It’s just the boredom I find really difficult. I walk with a walker and I have really bad double vision. This is made a lot better by a coloured contact lens, but that means I can only see out of my left eye. I also really struggle with verbal communication. I can say what I think, but I can’t think or speak as quickly as I used too, and I sound really different. Also, my memory isn’t the same; where as it used to be very good, I now forget things.” Claire explains.

“Going back to how things were before, is important. For me, normality is being a mum and wife” says Claire, who has a busy life looking after her two children aged 7 and 9.

“Of course, things can’t quite be the same; that’s why it’s a semblance. My life is similar to what it was before, but not exactly as it was.” adds Claire.

But the analogy of ‘putting one foot in front of the other’ has stayed with Claire from when she was in the hospital to now.

Having previously enjoyed a career as a real estate solicitor for a top City law-firm before deciding to leave law behind to focus on being a mum, Claire puts a lot of her determination down to the life-choices she made before her injury.

“I push forward because I know I have to. I’ve always pushed myself to achieve and now is no different. But you must be kind to yourself and recognise that some days will be harder than others” she says.

In being kind to herself and her family, Claire and her husband have been creative in solving everyday problems. “My life now is basically identifying practical problems then deciding how to best resolve them!”, which she’s happy to share with others through her blog.


Introducing smart technology

Visiting Claire, it’s clear to see that she’s made good use of technology. As we were speaking, Alexa promptly announced it was time for her to do her 2,000 treadmill steps for the day!

“I could write a book about how to have and use a smart home properly” recalls Claire. Crucially, it has helped give her back her independence and greatly assists her in her role as mum.

In the morning, Alexa prompts Claire’s children four times to start getting ready. It even mimics Claire’s brilliant sense of humour. “It’s a very efficient routine and at 8.33am on the dot, the children are ready to leave for school!” adds Claire.

7am it says ‘good morning’
7.10am it says ‘Please get dressed, brush your hair, make your beds, open the curtains and put your bottle in the bathroom’
7.20am ‘Dressed, hair, bed, curtains and bottle? Please put mummy in a good mood’
7.35am (downstairs in the lounge)’Dressed, hair, bed, curtains and bottle done? If any not done, go back and do it please’
7.45am (downstairs in the kitchen) ’Mummy is not your slave.  Dressed, hair, bed, curtains and bottle done?’
8.10am (downstairs in the playroom) ‘Its 8.10am time to get ready for school or do violin practice’
8.20am (downstairs in the kitchen – moving towards the front door) ‘Its 8.20am. Time to get ready for school. have you done your violin practice?’
8.33am (downstairs in the lounge – next to the front door) ‘Its 8.33am. Shoes on, coat on, get bags including lunch if necessary.  Look for Nana or Granny’

Claire has always been great at planning activities for her children. But she recalls preparing materials for activities such as her writing routine charts whilst she visited the Headway Centre once a week for a break “It’s really important. It makes life easier and the children know what is expected of them. Now, I use Alexa to make sure we’re all on task.”

Before introducing smart technology into their lives, Claire relied on her husband to get dinner.  Now, she dictates what she wants to buy to a virtual shopping list that is linked to his mobile phone. She’s first to admit that it’s not without its flaws though! “My husband once got confused asking why, when we don’t own a dog, is dog food on the list? Alexa had confused jam with champ!” she laughs.

Alexa has other benefits too. As Claire walks in her front door she can ask Alexa to put on the lights, lamp and TV. “I don’t have to get out of bed to turn the hall lights on or off, which is amazing. And if the children are watching the TV and not responding to me, I can simply instruct Alexa to turn it off!”

It also works as an intercom. “I hate starting my day raising my voice and so having two-way intercom is absolutely necessary. Before this, I used walkie talkies because I do not have a very loud voice and I need the children to hear me when they are upstairs.”

Claire also makes good use of the dictation skills she used as a solicitor. She uses voice notes on WhatsApp and the audio facility on messenger because it’s so much quicker. “I used to hate how I sounded so wouldn’t have done this. I wouldn’t have even made basic phone calls in case I wasn’t coherent to the other person. But now it doesn’t bother me.”


Google calendar

Claire adds everything to her Google calendar, including instructions from the school and all her appointments.

“Anyone who knows me will understand that I have always been a planner, but my memory is not what it was. It’s still ok but it definitely isn’t excellent anymore and so a combination of Alexa and Google calendar helps.”


Non-tech parenting tools

It’s not all about technology though. Claire is a very creative and having been ill has not stopped her from being inventive. It’s quite the opposite.

“Since my brain haemorrhage, I haven’t been able to return to work, but I have always seen the time at home with my children as a gift; even more so since I became ill.

I hate being bored and so I spend a lot of time coming up with educational activities for my children. Many of these activities are not just useful for disabled parents, but anyone who cares for children.”

Claire talks about using clipboards, as an example. She’s uses them to keep her children engaged with their environment. When they go for a walk, the children will often have their clipboards with them.

“I provide different activity sheets for them to complete. They tick-off things they have seen or now that they are older, I include questions, or I ask them to write-down facts. Giving them added responsibility also helps their behaviour; it keeps them focused and engaged. For any parent, it’s a huge help.”

Claire also makes full use of ‘busy bags’; clear zipped coloured pouches where her children can bring a couple of activities with them on a trip out. “There is a different activity in every pencil case so there is still an element of choice. What I like is you can change the activities as your children grow”, says Claire.


Making the family house a home

“The whole not-looking clinical thing is very important to me. So, with a lot of research, my husband and I came up with solutions to make the house practical but not like a hospital. We wanted it to feel like our family-home.”

The kitchen has been carefully adapted to make it easier for Claire to access cooking items and she wouldn’t be without her coffee machine.

Whilst some of the changes were practical, others have been heart-felt. “We even added the house number of our old address to our children’s summer house; a nod to our previous home!” she says.

Claire also has her own space; her therapy room; her sanctuary and home to her treadmill where she completes her daily steps, whilst watching TV.


Personal goals

Talking about physiotherapy, Claire adds “My stubborn streak has been very useful. Without it, having to re-learn to walk using a frame wouldn’t have happened because it has taken constant persistence (I am not there yet!) and endless patience.

I don’t let what happened to me define everything (any more than it has too). I am still me and I know I can still be stubborn. It’s what made me become a lawyer and a good mummy. At the end of the day I want to do, and more importantly feel like I can do, all the things other people can and not be prevented by the logistics.”


Budding artist wins award at Lloyds of London Art Exhibition

We are very proud of client Olivia English who exhibited at the Annual Lloyds of London Art Exhibition held on 22 – 26 October 2018.

Having suffered a near fatal brain haemorrhage and undergoing surgery in late 2015, Olivia received two years of therapies and was encouraged by her neurological rehabilitation professionals to take up painting for the first time to aid with cognitive processing in a non-stressful way.

Olivia embraces the peaceful solitude she finds in painting whilst her artworks have given her a sense of purpose.

For the exhibition, Olivia submitted three oil paintings of local seascapes.

During the Tuesday evening private viewing party, Olivia was awarded the prestigious Brian King Developing Artist Award and a £500 prize. This was presented by Mr Bruce Carnegie-Brown, Chairman of Lloyd’s of London.

To finish the week off on a high, Olivia also won the Public Vote award.

Reflecting on winning the awards Olivia said “I feel humble people voted for my paintings, I lost many things after my Brain Haemorrhage, my old self, my identity, my career, my self worth. My life now will always be shaped by my health limitations but I nevergave up, I am on a path I didn’t chose but what a wonderful journey I am on. From my heart I thank all those who voted for me”.

Olivia has kindly donated £1000 to Headway Essex made up from; 75% of the proceeds from the sale of her paintings and £100 public vote prize money. The remaining 25% will go to the exhibition organisers chosen charity.

“This is the first opportunity I have had to do something for Headway, I was adamant from the outset if I got into the Exhibition I would donate any sale money to Headway.
In my darkest most challenging times it was a handful of close family and friends who were there, no matter what to help practically and emotionally. Headway ALSO became that family member / friend in one, they get things done tailored to individual needs, they secured what turned out to be 2 years of Neuro Rehabilitation Care for me. I will always be indebted to Headway”.

We would like to thank Olivia for her kind generosity and we wish her every success with her art venture.

Chrissy's story Headway Essex

Chrissy’s story of survival

Chrissy's story of survivalIntroducing Chrissy’s Headway Essex story

In 2007 I went for a hearing test because I was noticing that I could only respond to sounds from the back but not the front. My friends, who I would go to karaoke with, also found it difficult to communicate with me at times because I simply couldn’t hear them.

Loss of hearing as a sign

When I went to the doctors, they suggested I have a hearing test, which I did. It was at this hearing test (where a more in depth examination took place) that it was found I had two ‘blisters’ within my brain. An MRI followed, and I was told I have brain aneurysms and that they could cause bleeding at any time. The news came completely out of the blue; I was shocked. Not only this, but I had to go home and tell my son and daughter.

I was referred to Queen’s hospital in London where I visited many times for various scans to monitor the stability of both aneurysms. All the while, I also had a complex issue with my gall bladder, which had to be removed. It was an incredibly tough time that brought with it an awful lot of anxiety and stress.

Dealing with anxiety and uncertainty

I felt like I was walking around with a ticking time bomb in my head. “Would it be the last time I would see my grandchildren?” “Is this the final time I’ll get to see my friends?” The anxiety and thoughts were relentless.

I lived like this, with annual visits to Queen’s for six years. It was in 2013 that they decided my aneurysms were stable enough to stop ongoing monitoring. This was a really difficult time; I suddenly felt alone. I was still living in constant fear of ‘what if’.

All I knew was that I would have to get to hospital as soon as possible if I had a severe headache and nausea. But, trying to work out what somebody means by ‘severe’ when you’re under so much stress is not easy; especially since I am prone to headaches and have sinus issues. I was a nervous wreck.

Impact on mental health

My mental health took a turn for the worse as the anxiety never went away. I started to hear voices and had delusions, which to me, felt so real and incredibly scary. My family were terribly frightened for me and in 2017 I voluntarily agreed to go into the King’s Wood Centre in Colchester for adults with acute mental health problems.

I couldn’t understand why I was there, but I knew I wasn’t well. It was a very raw and tough time for me. But, it was here that I met a psychiatric nurse, who when having reviewed my history, pushed for further brain scans.

I had a series of scans in July 2017, where it was revealed that one of my aneurysms had grown to 9cm in size, which explained why I was having such intrusive thoughts. And on 29 August, I had extensive brain surgery to remove the aneurysm that had grown.

Realities of recovery

Recovering from the operation was very hard. Mentally it was tough and isolating, even though I had my children and grandchildren supporting me.

Where all the nerve pathways started to reconnect, the pain was intense. I would wake up in agony. This was an ongoing symptom for many months.

I had a really scary episode in April this year, when my eyes started to spasm uncontrollably. My neighbour had to call an ambulance for me and I was taken to hospital where I had a CT scan and a lumbar puncture to check for any bleeding. Thankfully, my remaining aneurysm, which is inoperable, was not the cause. The eye spasms were being caused by a blepharospasm; something I’ve been left with as a result of my life-saving operation back in August last year.

Discovering Headway Essex

I found out about Headway Essex a while ago through a counsellor I was seeing for my anxiety. I was given booklets on the services available and told how fantastic the support is. But at the time, I was in a really fragile state of mind. I wasn’t ready to reach out.

It was only after my operation and recent scare that I felt ready. Making contact with Headway Essex is the best thing I’ve done. They’ve provided me with some light in what has been a very dark place. I wish I had made contact sooner.

I am now, mentally, feeling stronger; even though my future with my remaining aneurysm remains uncertain. I am tackling my anxiety with the help of Headway Essex. I am receiving counselling through the charity’s counsellor specialising in brain injury, Steve Shears MSc, and I also attended my first Headway Essex Support group in September.

At the support group, I didn’t feel alone. I was surrounded by wonderful people, who are all braving brain injury together.

Mandy, one of Headway Essex’s Community Support workers, is simply amazing. She has an ability to listen and truly understand what having a brain injury means on an individual level. She’s helped me apply for a Headway Card, which I can present to people when I am out to alert them to the fact that I have a brain injury.

At the moment, I am feeling good. Sharing my story is a big step forward for me. I hope that if somebody with a brain injury reads this that they’ll take Headway Essex up on their offer of support.

Help us be there for more people like Chrissy!

We can only continue to support people like Chrissy in their hour of need. If you are able to and would like to donate to Headway Essex, please click on the donate button below.

Life after brain injury…Shirley’s story

This month marks a year since Shirley had her stroke. We interview Shirley to find out more about her life after brain injury.

On 14 September 2017, Shirley was at home with her husband of nearly 50 years, Joe, who she affectionately calls Joey!

“I remember that day clearly” recalls Shirley. “As a family, we were anxious. Our daughter and her family were in Florida on holiday when two category 5 hurricanes hit. America was in a state of emergency and there was very little we could do, apart from waiting for updates. I was very stressed.”

“On the morning of 14 September I had an incredibly intense headache; like nothing I had ever felt before. I remember taking a shower. I then went downstairs whilst Joey had his shower. All I recall happening next was being uncontrollably and violently sick. When he came downstairs, he immediately called 999.”

Feeling confused

The emergency services arrived in just 3 minutes and blue-lighted Shirley directly to Colchester General Hospital, where she was assessed as having had a stroke.  She was eventually transferred to a private room on the stroke ward where she stayed for just over 5 weeks.

“It was a scary time in hospital, even though the stroke care team at the hospital were amazing” says Shirley. “I was confused and it was so difficult to order my thoughts and understand what was happening to me. I felt as if I was in prison. Every time I moved from my bed I was quickly prompted by an electronic device telling me to return to resting. I couldn’t understand why I needed other people’s permission to leave the hospital, even though it was to keep me safe. Physically, I felt fine, but inside I felt so muddled and alone.”

“Even now, if you didn’t know Shirley you wouldn’t think she is living with the effects of a brain injury. It’s a hidden injury.” says Joe.

“It’s isolating, having a brain injury” adds Shirley, even though her husband and grandchildren were by her beside every day whilst she was in hospital and spend a lot of time with her now. “I can be in a room full of people and feel completely lost in my thoughts.”

Help from Headway Essex

Shirley and Joe knew they had to take all the support that was on offer. At the hospital, the nurses recommended Headway Essex.

“We didn’t have any reservations about making contact. Reading about the charity and the type of services available, we got in touch straight away” says Joe.

“Headway Essex has been a lifeline to us. I would recommend their services to anybody who has a brain injury” adds Shirley. “I made steady progress in my recovery in the first six months, but as the support tailed-off from the NHS and ACE, I felt myself regressing slightly.

“I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night and will start getting dressed thinking it is the morning even though it’s dark outside. I also struggle with using my debit card for payment and get anxious about people waiting behind me at a checkout.”

“Headway Essex though has been great at suggesting compensatory techniques” adds Joe. “We even have a Headway card that Shirley hands over to the cashier with her debit card when making a payment. It subtly lets the cashier know that she has a brain injury. So far, she’s used it in Boots and Marks & Spencer. On both occasions, the cashiers were wonderful with Shirley.”

Making new friends

Having people to talk to at the Headway Essex support groups has also been helpful for Shirley and Joe.

“Before the stroke, I was a very private person. Now, because of my injury I am really social and confident” says Shirley, who looks forward to going to the Headway Essex support groups, which help reduce social isolation.

“As a husband and carer, it’s great to be able to chat with other family members who are in a similar position to me” says Joe. “Plus, he loves to show off his cakes at each get together” Shirley quickly adds!

A bright future

The memory clinic at Colchester General Hospital is helping Shirley to move forward with her ability to order her thoughts and retain short-term information. Under the care of a Clinical Psychologist, she’s been told she has dyslexia, which she says “I’ve probably always had but the brain injury has made it much more noticeable.”

“She’s due to have another MRI soon which will help the hospital recommend suitable treatments and therapies. We look forward to updating our friends at the Headway Essex Support Group as we find out more” says Joe.

Shirley and Joe will also be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this October, having met in the 1960s when they were just 16 and 18. From everyone at Headway Essex, we wish them a very happy anniversary and hope that Joe saves some cake for the next Support Group!

Help us to continue to be there for many more people…

If you feel touched by Shirley & Joe’s story and would like to donate to Headway Essex to ensure we can be there for others in a similar situation, every little helps. Giving just £5 enables us to provide initial support to someone who has acquired a brain injury.

Headway Essex to hold its sixth Colour5k event – Saturday 30 June 2018!

Headway Essex, the brain injury charity, announces it will be holding its sixth annual Colour5K at Ardleigh Showground on Saturday 30 June 2018.  

Runners will take on a 5 kilometre course and enter 5 colour zones, at every kilometre colour bandits will shower them with different coloured powdered paint until they end up their own work of art! There’ll also be a Kids 1 km Fun Run so the event is open to all ages and ability of runners.

This year, Headway Essex are pleased to announce that Kent Blaxill are sponsoring the event.  Managing Director, Simon Blaxill said, “As a family-owned company, we have been evolving in the building materials supply industry for 180 years. It is exciting for Kent Blaxill to support this wonderful local family event and of course, the theme of colour fits perfectly as we supply both retail and trade with a wide range of paints from Dulux and Crown trade paints through to big designer names such as Farrow and Ball.  We are thrilled to be part of the Celebration of Colour with Headway Essex.”

At the finish line there is a huge colour extravaganza, where participants get to throw colour at friends, family and anyone who wants to join in the fun!

Whether you’re a casual walker or regular runner, want some fun or just want to raise money for charity, you will love this event. Runners come from all different backgrounds and have one thing in common; they love fun!

If running is not for you but you would still like to participate, you can register to become a colour bandit and take on the role of throwing paint at your friends and family.

Tracy Wellsted, Headway Essex’s Fundraising Manager says; “The event is now in its sixth year and seems to be getting bigger and better; we’re especially thrilled to have Kent Blaxill on board this year.  This run is great to do with family, friends or colleagues, the priority isn’t speed, it’s to have fun! Runners from previous years always leave with paint in their hair and a massive smile on their faces.”

This exciting event is being held to raise money for local brain injury charity Headway Essex.  Money raised from the event will go towards providing rehabilitation and support for brain injury survivors and their families and carers in Essex.

The event is also supported by Boot Group who each year donate the use of their field, the Ardleigh Showground.

Entry is £22 for Adult, £16 Junior and £10 Kids 1 km run, there’s also a family ticket option available for £60 ad discounts for teams of 10 or more.


Roll up, roll up! The Showman’s Charity Ball wowed audience

Headway Essex’s Showman’s Ball inspired by the popular film, The Greatest Showman, was a ‘box-office’ success.

The charity, which is well-known for its themed annual black tie balls, held its event at the beautiful Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel on Friday 9 March. The event, after expenditure, raised over £10,000 which will directly help survivors of brain injury, their families and carers.

In line with the theme, and a nod in the direction of P T Barnum from The Greatest Showman, there were some surprises in store. Dean Jones provided the magic on the night; jugglers from the Essex University Juggling Society welcomed guests when they arrived and the Pink Ladies Pole and Aerial entertained during dinner.

There was live music from the impressive band Soul’d out and a late licence until 1 am.

Cllr Robert Needham [pictured] was the MC for the evening and the event included a raffle and auction kindly conducted by Cllr Kevin Bentley.

The Showman’s Ball was kindly sponsored by BTMK Injury, Investec Wealth & Investment UK and The Cotswold Group.

Tracy Wellsted Fundraising Manager, said of the event; “We are thrilled with how the evening went and with how many people came along to support Headway Essex. I would also like to thank all of the volunteers who helped on the day and the wonderful companies that donated prizes to our raffle and auction”.

Psychotherapy Therapy service is now available

When you have had a brain injury or care for someone with a brain injury, sometimes things can seem too much to deal with and you may start to suffer with emotional distress.

Examples of the sorts of problems you might be dealing with are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Post Trauma Stress
  • Pain management
  • Loss and grief
  • Relationship problems
  • Sexual problems
  • Substance and alcohol misuse
  • Self-esteem issues


Modified psychotherapy following brain injury

Psychotherapy has its place in helping to alleviate psychological distress following acquired brain injury, but given the cognitive changes in functions like memory, information processing, attention and thinking skills that take place following acquired brain injury then a different approach needs to be taken from conventional psychotherapy and one which compensates for these cognitive difficulties.


Psychotherapy offered at Headway Essex

  • Therapy with individuals – where acquired brain injury forms the background – for those who have issues that may include anxiety, depression, relationship problems, loss and bereavement, substance/alcohol misuse and post-trauma stress.
  • Therapy for couples – for partners where the brain injury is a major factor in relationship difficulties experienced by the couple. Couples therapy can help partners to understand and resolve conflicts between them by understanding each other better and learning new patterns of communicating with each other.
  • Psychosexual therapy – a specialised service based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy principles where there has been a disruption of normal sexual functioning since the brain injury. This service can be accessed by individuals but is often undertaken with couples where there is an intimate sexual relationship that has been affected by a sexual dysfunction.


Prices for therapy

Following the initial referral, clients will be given a telephone initial consultation for free. The cost is £45 per session thereafter.



Click Here to download the referral form.

Alternatively please contact the Community Support Service on 01206 768797 or emailcommunitysupport@headwayessex.org.uk



Psychotherapy is offered within the Ethical Framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is subject to their complaints procedure www.bacp.co.uk.  Psychosexual Therapy is offered within the Ethical Framework of College of Sexual and Relationship Therapy (COSRT).

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