Jo Couling

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Relationship counsellor, MBACP(Sen. Accred)
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Durham, DH6
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a BACP Senior Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist with over 30 years experience of working with both couples and individuals. Counselling sessions are currently available in person in a quiet area in Bowburn with easy parking.

Counselling for couples

I specialise in working with couples, having trained with Relate both as a counsellor and supervisor.

Couples come with many issues including:

  • coping with separation or divorce
  • affairs and betrayals
  • rebuilding trust after an affair
  • communication problems
  • sexual difficulties

When things go wrong in your relationship, it is easy to stop talking to each other and retreat into silence. This is of course just the time that open talking is most needed and counselling can be an effective way of opening up the communication again.

Counselling for individuals

Clients often come to counsellling when they are feeling anxious or with low confidence.  The last two years have also left many people feeling lonely and isolated. It can be really helpful to talk about these feelings and to find a way to rebuild lost confidence.

The initial session takes the form of an assessment in which I discuss with you whether we can work usefully together. If this is not possible, I will discuss alternative sources of support for your situation.

I have a Masters Degree in Guidance and Counselling from the University of Durham and also hold the Relate Certificate in Couples Counselling. I have worked for many years with Relate both as a counsellor and supervisor.  I have also spent nine years as Staff Counsellor at the University Hospital of Durham.

Taking the first step

It can feel quite daunting to take that first step to begin counselling, so please feel free to contact me with your questions either by e-mail or a short phone call. There is no obligation  to make an appointment if you do not feel comfort


We are both in a much happier place now and this is definitely due to Jo's support and guidance.

Jo was very welcoming, easy to talk to and enable me to find peace in my life through discussing past issues that troubled me.

I truly believe that without Jo, my marriage would not have lasted

Training, qualifications & experience

BACP Accredited Counsellor and Senior Registered Practitioner
BACP Accredited Supervisor
MA (Ed) Guidance and Counselling
Certificate in Couples Counselling (Relate)
UKRC Registered Independent Counsellor

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

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

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Sometimes a carer will need to discover new resources to cope with the illness of a loved one and may need a safe place to offload feelings of exhaustion and frustration. They may be feeling guilty at not being able to meet all the needs of another person and having to consider respite care in order to cope.

In other cases,a clients may be trying to come to terms with the diagnosis of a serious illness themselves. This can be very frightening and hard to talk to family members who are also anxious and upset. It can feel a huge relief to be able to express feelings to someone who is not part of this.


£58.00 - £68.00

Additional information

Fees are £58 for individuals and £68 for couples. Sessions last for fifty minutes.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)