Jo Hughes: Experienced, BACP Accredited Counsellor

Jo Hughes: Experienced, BACP Accredited Counsellor

Block A
Weston Chambers
15 Weston Road

07506 269 473

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Block A
Weston Chambers
15 Weston Road

07506 269 473

About me

Are you looking for help with relationships?

  • You might recently have split up with a partner or be worried that unless you change the relationship will break down
  • You might be struggling with another type of relationship, e.g., in your family

Are you looking for help with how you feel?

  • You might be blaming yourself, thinking it is your fault.  Or you might be feeling angry.
  • You might be feeling worried or anxious, or perhaps guilty.

Together we can look at what is happening, understand why, and work out how to change your future.

You can get a taste of what I do by looking at my videos below.

About Counselling

I offer gentle and warm counselling so you can explore your thoughts and feelings free of criticism or the expectations of others.

Being accepted for who you are increases your confidence in yourself.

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.

Training, qualifications & experience

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.

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.

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.

Infertility and Baby Loss:

I have worked with parents for over twenty years and have counselled men and women who have suffered the devastating loss of a child through stillbirth, medical termination or disability.  I offer parents the space to grieve when often wider society finds it too difficult to acknowledge their loss.

This specialism has also led me to work with people experiencing infertility and trying to conceive through IVF.


British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy Accreditation: 2013

Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling: 2010

Advanced Diploma in Antenatal Teaching: 2002

Chartered Member of the Library Association (Now MCLIP): 1990

BSc Library Studies & Social Science: 1989

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

  • 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

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:

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


Maps & Directions

Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1AU

Type of session

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

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