Jo Sharkey MBACP (Accred)

Jo Sharkey MBACP (Accred)


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About me

I am an accredited, integrative therapeutic counsellor, finding that working in this way, gives uniqueness with each client, connecting in a way that is best suited to them as an individual.

I have extensive experience, working with a variety of clients, of all ages.

I offer counselling support to individuals, couples, children, young people and families, assessing each person’s situation, offering a calm, non-judgemental and confidential environment.

In my work with children, I am aware of building a safe, trusting environment, as at times they may be lacking in confidence, experiencing anxiety or are having difficulties in relationships. I have worked in supporting children and young people through bereavement, with death, endings, loss, divorce and separation.

My sessions will always go at the client’s pace and recognise that this may be a new experience for some, with the uniqueness of having a space to be ‘heard’ and listened to. I have a flexible, calm approach, respecting how difficult it may have been to have made contact for support.

Through exploring what may be taking place in a client’s life at that time, awareness and changes begin to take place, which can be empowering for a client.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have the following qualifications but also attend regular workshops, conferences etc. throughout the year to update my continual professional development.

Certificate in Counselling Skills

Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling

Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People

Certificate in Supervision


I started my career path as a nursery nurse on a maternity unit, supporting mothers with the care of their babies and in later years, having gained my qualification as a counsellor managed the counselling service at Poole Maternity Unit. In this role, I also supported S.P.R.I.N.G [Supporting Parents and Relatives In Neonatal Grief].

I have worked as a pupil and family support worker in a primary school, a sessional worked with children in care and owned and managed a residential care home for 25 years. It was at this time when I recognised the support I was giving to residents, their families and staff and decided to gain a formal qualification, to assist communication and to be able to offer a therapeutic space

In the last ten years, I have worked at a hospice, supporting patients and their families, through pre bereavement, at end of life, and post bereavement, working with many areas of grief.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


Initial consultation 40 mins  £30

Session 50 mins £50

Couples 50 mins £90

Further information

I also offer:

Individual Therapy for Counsellors In Training -

Supervison for Experienced Counsellors

Supervision for Counsellors in Training

More about me can be found on my website or you can email me.

Maps & Directions

Bournemouth, BH6

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


I have availability at present

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme