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Hi, my name is Jo. I am a qualified and experienced counsellor and I specialise in helping people through bereavement and pre-bereavement.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). 

I provide counselling sessions via Zoom or the Telephone.


I am trained in person-centred counselling, and have undertaken specialist training in bereavement and pre-bereavement counselling.

Person-centred counselling is a non-directive type of counselling, meaning that I will not be advising you or telling you what I think.

Instead, we will work together as a team, identifying and exploring ways around your situation together.

Ultimately you will be in charge of your destiny and I will support you on your journey.

Miami Lighthouse at Sunset
Image by Dawid Zawiła


My qualifications include:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills

  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency

I have experience working as bereavement counsellor for a local hospice, CRUSE bereavement and various other counselling charities.

I am an accredited pregnancy and infant loss counselling professional for parents who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal loss or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).


I undertake extensive training so I can support clients through the mourning process in a full and heathy way, and I am always continuing to build onto my knowledge.

Here are some recent CPD training courses that I have completed:

  • Survivors of bereavement of suicide – Support after suicide workshop

  • Philippa Skinner - The death of a child by drug use: Examination of the experience of bereaved parents 

  • Alissa Drescher Grief Treatment: A Certification Training on Evidence-Based Approaches to Care Across the Lifespan 

  • David Kessler on Healing Grief and Loss 

  • David Kessler on The Sixth Stage of Grief: Helping Clients and Patients Find Meaning after Loss

  • The Foundation for Infant Loss -infant Loss Training.

Image by Thibault Mokuenko


Many of my clients refer to the metaphor of the ocean when describing how their grief feels to them. Some days feel relatively calm, but then a huge wave will appear from out of nowhere and knock them off their feet.

Lighthouses are grounded no matter what. The role of a lighthouse is not to rescue or fix those out at sea, but to help guide them in the right direction.

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