Jo Hughes, BACP Registered and Accredited Counsellor

Jo Hughes, BACP Registered and Accredited Counsellor

Prittlewell House
30 East Street


07506 269 473

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Prittlewell House
30 East Street


07506 269 473

About me

Are you feeling anxious, guilty or sad? Perhaps you are struggling to cope with everyday life or difficult circumstances?

My main areas of work are with:

  • people who feel bad about themselves and want to improve their confidence and self-esteem
  • people experiencing major life difficulties, such as bereavement, illness or relationship breakdown. 
  • parents experiencing stillbirth, baby loss, neonatal death, medical terminations, child illness or disability
  • infertility
  • people suffering from anxiety and overwhelm, either in their work or home life.

I offer gentle and warm counselling so you can explore your thoughts and feelings free of criticism or the expectations of others.  You are free to acknowledge what is going on in your life and what that means for you.  Being accepted for who you are increases your confidence in yourself and your ability to make the changes you want.  Being truly listened to can relieve anxiety and pain.

If you need to talk about your pain or anxiety, please text or phone me on 07506 269 473, or email me, to discuss your concerns or to make an initial appointment.  You can read more information below or visit:

Feedback from clients:

I often receive comments at the end of the first session that I am easy to talk to and people say they feel less burdened by their problems because of sharing them with me. 

People have told me they find my kindness and understanding helpful. They have felt able to trust me with their deepest fears because we have built a relationship where I accept them rather than criticise them.

I have seen clients become more self-accepting and confident and I have seen them make a real difference to their lives and relationships.  My particular strength is in supporting people who feel sad, guilty or a failure - who struggle to accept themselves - and in helping people to find peace in difficult circumstances.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy. I hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and I have completed an Advanced Post Diploma Certificate Course - Person Centred Couples Counselling. I have also completed a variety of courses in mindfulness.

About Me

In the past year I have worked with clients on issues such as:

  • infertility
  • bereavement
  • difficult relationships
  • uncertainty about life partners
  • anger
  • low self-esteem
  • anxiety
  • life-changing illnesses
  • difficult childhoods
  • dealing with change

I have now been working in counselling for a number of years, including five in private practice and five year's counselling with Women's Aid. In a previous role I worked closely with young couples as they approached parenthood and this gave me experience in working with neonatal loss.

I have worked for a variety of organisations including businesses, local and national government agencies, and charities. This has meant I have met many different people from all walks of life and have learned to value each individual along the way. I trained as a counsellor as a natural progression to the listening I was doing with new parents.

I am a counsellor, first and foremost, because of my own life experiences. I know what it is like to feel despairing.  However, I have found hope and joy in life. I have been able to change and so I believe, from the bottom of my heart, that you can change too.

I know that life can be difficult and that is why I am so passionate about helping you find peace and a way through. Whatever experience you need to bring to counselling I am committed to supporting you, even when the journey is hard for you.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Shame and guilt
  • Miscarriage
  • Stillbirth
  • Neo-natal death
  • Parenting children with disabilities

Photos & videos

  • How Counselling Helped Me
  • Counselling is offered from Prittlewell House
  • Counselling Room 1 at Prittlewell House
  • Counselling Room 2 at Prittlewell House


£50 for a 50 minute appointment for individuals.

£90 for couples for an 80 minute appointment.

Payment by cash or bank transfer.

Concession offered to student counsellors: fee reduced to £40 for daytime appointments

If you are interested in knowing more, please text or phone me on 07506 269 473, or email me (see profile box at top of page).  I am happy to discuss your specific requirements in more detail prior to making an appointment. I can direct you to other sources of help if appropriate.

Further information

Types of counselling offered:

  • One to one, individual counselling
  • Adults, older adults, young people
  • Long or short term counselling

I am available for daytime and evening appointments.

My Counselling Room:

A dedicated counselling space within easy access of Southend town centre, Southend Central, Southend Victoria and Prittlewell railway stations, and close to bus routes.


Maps & Directions

Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6LH
Southend-On-Sea, SS1

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Please contact me for current availability. I offer daytime and evening appointments

Types of client

Young people
Older adults