Josephine Hughes: Experienced, BACP Accredited Counsellor

Josephine Hughes: Experienced, BACP Accredited Counsellor

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Weston Chambers
15 Weston Road

07506 269 473

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About me

Hi, I'm Jo and I help women who anxious about their family life to stop worrying, feel more in control, and improve their relationships.

I can help if you're struggling with something difficult in your life. Are you experiencing anxiety, guilt or grief because of one of the following:

  • A difficult relationship within the family?
  • Infertility and IVF treatment, including secondary infertility?
  • A child or teenager who has told you they are transgender?  This is an enormous upheaval for families and there is very limited information for parents and very long waiting lists for NHS gender services
  • Stillbirth, miscarriage, infant loss and disability?
  • Diagnosis of a chronic illness?
  • A death?

It can be very painful when change happens or relationships break down. Often it's completely unexpected and shocking.

It can be very difficult to talk about.  Sometimes we can feel guilty because we think that we "shouldn't" be upset. We may worry about upsetting others.

These difficulties also cause us a great deal of anxiety, particularly when our family is involved.  We often worry about what we can do for the best.

Situations like these cause grief.  That means there's a whole lot of emotions to work through.  You may have a lot of thoughts about what has happened, and possibly feel some guilt.

I will help you to work things out and help you regain a sense of hope in your life.

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, joy, and a sense of purpose in life despite challenging circumstances, and I believe you can too.

You may not be able to change the situation, but counselling can help you to change the way you feel about it.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked for over ten years as a counsellor.

I have over twenty years' experience working with parents. Initially this was in the area of pregnancy and the transition to parenthood.

I moved into counselling and have experience of supporting parents with young disabled children, those who have suffered infant loss and medical terminations.

This has led me to also work in the area of infertility.  I have supported women undergoing treatment such as IVF, and helped them cope with anxiety, stigma and lack of understanding from others.

Another aspect of my experience is what it is like for parents when their teenager comes out as transgender.  This is increasingly commonplace and people experience a variety of different reactions.  On the one hand they may want to provide their child with love and support, on the other hand they themselves experience a sense of loss for the son or daughter they thought they had. Again, there can be a great deal of stigma around talking about this.  It can feel lonely and as though you're the only person experiencing this huge change.

Throughout my counselling career I have helped people who are trying to cope with difficult relationships.  People can experience a sense of guilt and worthlessness when relationships break down and I help them to feel more confident in themselves.

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.


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.

People have told me they find my kindness and understanding helpful. They are able to tell me things that they have never discussed with anyone else.

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 - and in helping people to find peace in difficult circumstances.

Counselling Qualifications

Accredited and Registered Member of British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP): 2013

Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling: 2010

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Transgender issues
  • Stillbirth
  • Parenting children with disabilities

Photos & videos

  • The First Step in Changing Yourself
  • Counselling in the heart of Southend-on-Sea
  • Supportive Counselling in Southend-on-Sea
  • Confidential Counselling in Southend-on-Sea
  • A Strategy for a Difficult Day
  • Four Ways to Increase Body Confidence
  • Six Easy Tips for Well-Being


£50 for a 50 minute appointment for individuals.

Payment by cash or bank transfer.

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

My Counselling Room:

A tranquil and beautiful Victorian office in the heart of Southend, close to car parks, railway stations and bus routes.

My Websites:

General counselling website:

Parenting website:

Maps & Directions

Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1AU

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: No


Daytime and evening appointments usually available within 5 working days

Types of client

Young people
Older adults