Family Law in Partnership is an award-winning team of specialist family lawyers, mediators, arbitrators and family consultants

Jo Harrison

Counsellor & Family Consultant

Assistant

Jo is an experienced relationship counsellor, family consultant and former family lawyer. She sees individuals and couples (whether separated or not) for consultations and also acts as a family consultant to support the collaborative law process.

Jo has a depth and breadth of expertise in working with clients who are separating or divorcing and is sensitive to the impact of relationship breakdown and how it can affect individuals and families. As a relationship counsellor Jo fully appreciates the emotional upheaval and difficulties of a separation and as a former family lawyer she understands the particular pressures of going through the legal process.

Jo offers a consultation service where any individual or couple contemplating or going through divorce or separation can access her services (separately from any legal process) and seek support and a space to think about what is happening and how to manage it. This may involve on-going work with Jo or could prompt a referral to another specialist. She has a flexible way of working with clients. For example, a client might come for a one-off consultation and then revert to Jo some months later for a review. Others find it helpful to plan a short course of meetings. Jo might meet with a separating couple individually or jointly. This is something that can be discussed at the initial consultation.

 “I feel that it is really important to think not only about divorce or separation in legal terms but also in emotional terms. By addressing and paying attention to the emotional side of the breakdown I believe that there will be a better outcome for individuals and their families”   

Jo continues her private practice as a senior clinician at Tavistock Relationships. She has a background as a family lawyer and practised for 8 years in Central London. During that time she trained as a collaborative lawyer and chaired the Skills and Support group which specialised in training solicitors in non-legal aspects to help support their clients.

Take a look at Jo’s recent blogs:

World Mental Health Day: Top Tips To Help You Through Divorce

The “Behaviour” Petition in Divorce – As Seen in the Therapist’s Consulting Room