Edward Hewitt-Symonds

Edward Hewitt-Symonds

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - Wrexham

Wrexham LL11
Sessions from £45.00


  • Wheelchair accessible office
  • Concessionary rates


I have current availability for sessions across mornings, afternoons and early evening from Tuesday to Thursday.

About me and my therapy practice

I understand the difficulties and anxieties in working through challenges and issues on your own, issues which may be starting to affect your personal life, relationships, work or more specific issues such as bereavement, relationship issues such as separation or divorce, or work related issues such as stress, redundancy or retirement.

You may be hoping that whatever the challenges facing you, that these just sort themselves out on their own, while continuing to live a life of quiet desperation.

You may find asking for help is something you have never done before, and in this you are not alone, and taking that first courageous step to reach out and ask for help may be your first step on a journey to working through these challenges and towards the life you want and hope for.

You are looking for reassurance and someone who wants to try to understand you, not judge you, who is willing to listen, and not offer off-the-shelf solutions, and recognises that you are a unique individual who may be going through a difficult time in your life but one who I always believe can find the strength within you to come through the challenges life sometimes throws at us all.

Counselling can be the first step towards finding the right path for you, to get to a place which feels safer and enables you to live the life you want.

Practice description

My counselling practice combines person-centred and humanistic approaches but the core of this is built around offering a safe and secure relationship, and one in which you will feel able to share challenging thoughts, emotions and feelings, which will be received with respect, understanding and acceptance.

I work with a wide range of adult clients aged from 18 to 80, from many backgrounds. None of us are immune from challenges which may affect us at any point in our life, some of which sometimes require some support to help you to move forward.

I do not work with children or young people, so anyone under the age of 18, but can point you in the direction of colleagues who do work specifically with this age range of clients.

I do have a specific interest around working with those transitions in our lives, from one stage to another, such as job changes, perhaps losing a job through redundancy, or for other reasons.

This can also include changes in relationships, such as life after divorce or moving on from a long term relationship, and I have worked successfully with clients coming out of narcissistic relationships.

I also have a particular interest in working with clients looking towards retirement, or who have retired and suddenly find life full of challenges and uncertainty which were never there when they were in work. Many individuals plan for their financial future post-retirement but give little or no thought to what retirement means for them on a very personal and emotional level.

Jobs and relationships are important in giving us a sense of who we are. If this is taken away from you, for whatever reason, it may feel like a part of your identity has been lost,  and for some clients this has been a difficult challenge to make sense of, not so much what has happened but who am I now after this?

My first session

My aim is to try to make you feel comfortable as you may be feeling nervous, especially if you are new to counselling. I will explain a little about how I work, and give you the chance to ask any questions you may have and the space to start to tell me about what has brought you to counselling. I will not put you under any pressure and we can go forward at a pace you are comfortable with. It is important that we feel able to work with each other and that there is a trust there as I understand it can feel uncomfortable saying things in front of a stranger, sharing your innermost thoughts and feelings, so the more comfortable I can make you feel hopefully the quicker this trust can be established. It may be that after the first session we decide that counselling might not be right for you and something different may be more helpful for you; that is ok and if I can help point you in a direction I will try to do so.

I understand you may be feeling nervous or uncertain about starting counselling so before we agree to book a first session, I encourage all potential clients to telephone me, to see whether counselling is right for you right now, or whether some other form of support might be more appropriate; there is no charge for this initial telephone conversation.

I do not normally use assessment forms, and it is not necessary to bring anything with you. Sometimes clients do bring things they wish to share, something you have written or read, something you might have drawn or photographed, maybe something you have picked up like a rock or shell, especially if you feel it might help you explain a feeling or help you to explore an issue you are facing.

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, Anxiety, Cultural issues, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Men's issues, Personal development, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Humanistic, Person centred

Clients I work with

Adults, Couples, Older adults, Trainees

How I deliver therapy

Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work

Languages spoken