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

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.


Additional information

Initial consultation 40 mins  £30

Session 50 mins £50

Couples 50 mins £90


I have availability at present

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 www.josharkeycounselling.co.uk or you can email me.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Easy access to counselling room