Heidi Windham Edwards

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MBACP (Accred),Dip Psyc, Dip Sup, FDAP
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Grays, Essex, RM16
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About me

I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist with over 28 years of clinical experience. I am a Supervisor and Director at Heart and Mind, our family run confidential counselling and psychotherapy practice, established in 1992. 

Being human can be extremely challenging. Talking about your individual experience of being in the world, sharing your thoughts and feelings and feeling truly heard without judgement can be a huge relief and is healing in itself reducing anxiety.

I will encourage you to listen to yourself, develop kindness and patience for yourself and offer my support and guidance in discovering what is right for you and what you hope to gain from therapy.

It may be that you are suffering because of painful memories relentlessly looping in your mind, or are struggling with a difficult situation and feel misunderstood by those around you. Talking through your individual experiences can enable you to move forward with your life, offloading everyday stress can free you up to discover your purpose and ultimately find peace of mind.

From my experience of 'sitting with' thousands of people, I believe that we all have the potential to suffer less and live more satisfying lives.

I am a very down-to-earth, 'say it how it is', person and take both a creative and very practical approach when working with people. I will encourage and support you as you navigate your new journey. 

I was diagnosed with ADHD nearly 10 years ago and have a particular interest in supporting people with neurodiversity in developing new tools to manage their symptoms and learn how to harness their energy to work for them. It may be that you are newly diagnosed, considering seeking an assessment for a diagnosis, or suspect that you may benefit from support but do not want or need a diagnosis. 

I work with individuals and couples, as well as supervising other counsellors. Integrity is important to me and I am committed to good ethical practice. I have regular supervision with a BACP, UKRC accredited Supervisor.

We have adapted our work from face to face, to online sessions. We are pleased that this has been a smooth transition with minimal impact on the work we do together and are now providing individual support nationwide through various platforms.

Training, qualifications & experience

I began my training in 1992 as a Work Scholar at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. I have continued training over the years obtaining qualifications including Counselling Skills and Theory 1996-1998. In 2003 I started working towards my Diploma with the Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and qualified in 2009.

I believe strongly in professional development and have continued studying and completed courses in Ericksonian Hypno-Psychotherapy, Psychopathology in Psychotherapeutic Practice, Systemic Family Therapy and C.B.T (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). In September 2010 I achieved my FDAP Certificate in Supervisory Management and Leadership Techniques qualification with the Human Performance Group. In 2014 I gained a Diploma in Supervision from the Gestalt Centre in London.

I have worked with a mixture of client groups across Essex and East London. In 1996 I was employed by Newham Drugs Advice Project as a School Counsellor. I continued my work in Barking at The Axe Street Project 1999-2002 working with clients with various addictions. I also co-facilitated training for volunteers at Careline Telephone Counselling Service in Ilford.

I was employed from 2003-2012 at a busy charity in Grays; Essex called Open Door as a Contemporary Psychotherapist for the Interventions Team and as Service Manager of the Young Peoples Substance Misuse Project- The Network.

I have been Director at Heart and Mind and running our Grays clinic since 2009 and continue to offer appointments to individuals, couples and supervision to other counsellors and psychotherapists.

Since 2015 I have been an independent consultant and Clinical Lead at HBBS a bereavement counselling charity in Brentwood.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

ADHD/ASD                            Shame and Regret

Social Media Addiction        Intimacy and Communication in Relationships

Phone Addiction                   Chronic Pain/Invisible Illnesses

Parenting Issues                    Feeling Lost

PMDD/ Severe PMS/PMT     Communication

Internal Conflict                   Anxiety/Overwhelm

Communication Issues

Gaming Addiction

Young People

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£70.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

(Fees are on a sliding scale, dependent on household income- by negotiation.)

Individual: Standard fee: £70 (Initial Consultation £85)

Couples: Standard Fee £130 (Initial Consultation £145)



Monday through Thursday daytime appointments only.


Heart and Mind is easy to find. If you are travelling via train to Grays station, you can catch the number 22 or 269 bus which stops two minutes away. If you are driving I will give you my postcode or help you with directions over the telephone.


There are no parking restrictions. Parking is free and there is always plenty of spaces.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Available for enquiries

Daytime Appointments only

Further information

If you would like to discuss making an appointment or have any questions about counselling with me please contact me on the above telephone number or email


"Heidi is an excellent counsellor - She has fantastic listening skills & is able to suggest and implement the most effective solutions tailored to the individual. My previous counsellor never really understood me - unlike Heidi. Thank you for improving my life!"

"I felt I could truly be honest with Heidi and she listened to everything I had to say, very warm and friendly and she made me feel at ease. The room is very comfortable and relaxing."

"I found Heidi very helpful and understandimg."

"Unlike counsellors I've been to in the past, I felt this therapy gave me 'tools' I could go away with and use for life. The counselling room is comfortable and calming. I felt it was private enough to speak about sensitive issues."

(All clients gave permission for their comments to be shared anonymously)

Grays, Essex, RM16

Type of session


Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Ground floor office (one step at front door) with windows facing nature reserve.

Online platforms



In person

I am a BACP Accredited Psychotherapist with over 28 years experience and have been supervising since 2008.

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Heidi Windham Edwards
Heidi Windham Edwards