Jo Hughes, BACP Accredited Counsellor, BSc (Hons)

Jo Hughes, BACP Accredited Counsellor, BSc (Hons)


07506 269 473

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07506 269 473

About me

Are you anxious about a difficult situation or relationship?  Do you feel your confidence is at an all time low? Are you suffering the loss of someone or something precious in your life?  A relationship, a death,  infertility, your health?

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. 

Many clients have said they found my kindness and understanding helpful. They have felt able to trust me with their deepest fears and secrets 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.

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.

About Me

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

  • infertility
  • bereavement
  • uncertainty about life partners
  • anger
  • low self-esteem
  • anxiety
  • life-changing illnesses

I have six year's post qualification experience and have worked in private practice for four years. In addition I have completed five year's counselling with Women's Aid and also counselled young people in a local charity. 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
  • Stillbirth
  • Neo-natal death


£40 for a full one hour appointment for individuals, £50 for couples.
Payment by cash, cheque or bank transfer.

Concession offered to student counsellors: fee reduced to £25 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 peaceful room just off the sea front in Thorpe Bay.  There is parking on the street or it is close to the number 9 bus route and within walking distance of Thorpe Bay railway station.


Maps & Directions

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 am able to offer daytime and early evening appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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