Jo Hughes, BACP Registered & Accredited Counsellor

Jo Hughes, BACP Registered & Accredited Counsellor

Prittlewell House
30 East Street


07506 269 473

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Prittlewell House
30 East Street


07506 269 473

About me

Are you experiencing anxiety or feeling sad? Perhaps you are struggling to cope with everyday life or difficult circumstances?

My main areas of work are with:

  • anxiety
  • relationship problems e.g., affairs, separation, family issues
  • low self-esteem, low self-confidence, depression
  • parents experiencing stillbirth, baby loss, neonatal death, medical terminations, child illness or disability
  • infertility
  • anyone who has been abused, including child sexual abuse, emotional or physical abuse, bullying

I offer gentle and warm counselling so you can explore your thoughts and feelings free of criticism or the expectations of others.  You are free to acknowledge what is going on in your life and what that means for you.  Being accepted for who you are increases your confidence in yourself and your ability to make the changes you want.  Being truly listened to can relieve anxiety and pain.

If you need to talk about your pain or anxiety, please text or phone me on 07506 269 473, or email me, to discuss your concerns or to make an initial appointment.  You can read more information below or visit:

Feedback from clients:

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. They have felt able to trust me because they know I will accept them and take them seriously rather than criticise or laugh at them.

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.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a Registered and Accredited* Member of the BACP.

I hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and an Advanced Post Diploma Certificate in Person Centred Couples Counselling.

My continuing professional development courses have included mindfulness, compassion focused therapy, and bereavement

I have worked with clients in a number of areas, including:

  • infertility
  • bereavement (including baby death/disability)
  • difficult relationships
  • uncertainty about life partners, including affairs, betrayals, separation and divorce
  • anger
  • anxiety
  • low self-esteem
  • life-changing illness
  • difficult childhoods
  • abuse
  • dealing with change

I am now approaching my tenth anniversary of counselling people.  This includes five years in private practice and five years with Women's Aid. I have several thousand hours' experience in counselling people.

In a previous role I worked closely with young couples as they approached parenthood and this gave me experience in working with neonatal loss.  I often work with women who have experienced grief around parenting which includes infertility, stillbirth, neonatal death.  I also have experience in the area of transgender parenting.

I have worked for organisations including businesses, charities, local and national government agencies. I have met many different people from all walks of life and have learned to value each individual along the way. I trained as a counsellor as a natural progression to the listening I was doing with new parents.

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 and joy in life. I have been able to change and so I believe, from the bottom of my heart, that you can change too.

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 for you.

*Registration is the entry level of BACP. Accreditation requires several further years of work and assessment.

Accreditation also requires members to submit evidence of continuing professional development and supervision on an annual basis.

BACP Accreditation is considered a gold standard by employers and health providers and should be distinguished by its rigorous process from that offered by other counselling organisations.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Shame and guilt
  • Miscarriage
  • Stillbirth
  • Neo-natal death
  • Parenting children with disabilities

Photos & videos

  • How Counselling Helped Me
  • Counselling is offered from Prittlewell House
  • Counselling Room 1 at Prittlewell House
  • Counselling Room 2 at Prittlewell House


£50 for a 50 minute appointment for individuals.

£70 for couples

Payment by cash or bank transfer.

Concession offered to student counsellors: fee reduced to £40 for daytime appointments

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

Types of counselling offered:

  • One to one, individual counselling
  • Adults, older adults, young people
  • Long or short term counselling

I am available for daytime and evening appointments.

My Counselling Room:

Dedicated counselling offices with easy access to Southend town centre, railway stations and close to bus routes. Free street parking within walking distance. Includes a waiting area for friends or relatives.


Maps & Directions

Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6LH
Southend-On-Sea, SS1

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Daytime and evening appointments usually available within 5 working days

Types of client

Young people
Older adults