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 our in-house therapist who is very experienced in working with individuals and couples who are separating.

Why see a counsellor when you are separating?

Jo says – “There are difficult choices to be made and difficult feelings to cope with – whether your own or those of your ex-partner. It’s important to deal with your lawyer about the practicalities of separation but it’s equally important to consult a specialist counsellor if you are having difficult feelings about the separation or are concerned about yourself and/or your family.” 

A former family lawyer, Jo has a depth of experience in being able to understand the legal process and can work with clients, either individually or as a couple, to support them through the process.

“Each divorce is different and each client will have their own particular needs and questions as they go through the process. I offer a place where we can think about what is challenging and help try to understand and alleviate that”.

Clients can meet with Jo for a counselling session at our offices in Covent Garden. This can either be before consulting a lawyer to help plan a way forward (and, as appropriate, Jo can think with the client about how to move forward with the legal process) or, where a lawyer has already been instructed, Jo can provide support alongside the legal process.

Jo also works with couples as follows:

  • Couples who want to explore whether to divorce or how to cope with their divorce
  • Co-parenting issues
  • Pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreements

Jo can also work with couples who want to invest in their relationship or prepare for making a greater commitment to each other, e.g. getting married or entering into a civil partnership. This work can be tailored to the couple’s wishes and needs. Some might want a structured series akin to a “marriage preparation course” and some may want to use the time to air expectations and concerns. Differences and similarities can be thought about or couples may wish to use the time to think about how they want to behave with each other and what behaviour may or may not be acceptable. By working in this way, it helps to support the couple’s own problem-solving skills.

Jo featured in The Times recently talking about the value of couple therapy and has made appearances on ITV’s This Morning (the Relationship Clinic) and Marina Fogle’s The Parent Hood.

Take a look at Jo’s recent blogs and podcasts:

How to take the Stress out of Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Nurturing the Relationship – Podcast with The Parent Hood

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

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

To book an initial consultation please contact Jo’s assistant, Wendy Hoare, on E: wh@flip.co.uk