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 by telephone or online.

At the moment, we are all having to find a way to cope with the impact of a frightening pandemic. Many people have found it hard to come to terms with the restrictions of the lockdown and for some people it can be even harder to emerge from the relative safety of lockdown. We are cut off from our usual means of support and this can feel very isolating.

Counselling for Individuals

You may be feeling lonely and cut off from friends and family and perhaps unfortunate enough to be facing the death of a loved one without the comfort of saying goodbyes in the way that you would like to. Good support is really important at this time and many people are finding that, even though they are used to having counselling face to face, they can find the help they need either by telephone or online.

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

In addition to ongoing issues, couples are now having to deal with the impact of being together a lot more than previously. For some, the lockdown has brought underlying issues to a head and this can be very distressing.

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.

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 comfortable.


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

You listened to me so that it became easier to talk openly about things that I have never before

Each session gave me strategies that I could use on a day to day basis to help me gain confidence.

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 is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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.

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.


From £50.00 to £60.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

Fees are £50 for individuals and £60 for couples. Sessions last for fifty minutes.

I am currently offering concessions to any client who is financially affected by the corona virus.


Type of session

Home visits

Types of client

Older adults
Jo Couling

Jo Couling