Dawn Hodge

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MBACP Registered Member
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Leighton Buzzard LU7 & Dunstable LU6
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About me

Do you ever feel stuck with problems and difficulties in your life? Sometimes, it can seem so much easier to just accept things. You don’t have to – you have choices. I and my Team of 9 associates "The Old Surgery Counselling Centre " have been working with individuals, couples , families and young adults to help people make positive choices for change.

I work to create a confidential, safe and trusting environment in which to discuss what has brought you to therapy. You will have a time and a space to explore whatever concerns you may have, in a warm and supportive atmosphere, and to decide on your own way forward. My aim is to help you to develop a greater understanding of how you relate to yourself and others, and to gain different perspectives on how you are currently living your life. This opens up for deciding on any changes you may wish to make.

I have a passion to help people make changes in a therapeutic way.

I recognise and value each individual's unique experiences and will help you to build on your own resources to increase your confidence and resilience in approaching the inevitable dilemmas and difficulties which life presents us with. I will help you to clarify your beliefs, thoughts, feelings and values and this process often leads to new choices and possibilities opening up to you. It can help you to feel that you are increasingly able to shape your life in ways that are more in tune with what matters most to you.

I am offering an hour of patient listening and connecting for you to build that trust with me to feel comfortable and talk about anything troubling you, and to help you to overcome issues you may have that you may feel you don't want to share with friends at this moment in your life. It can be an amazing journey to go on to help you feel better and to be able to lead a more fulfilling, happier life.

What my client’s say (names have been changed for confidentiality):

“We cannot thank you enough Dawn. And we are both positive about the future thanks to you” (Maria and Neil)

"We feel you have helped us so much and that we now communicate so much better and will continue to improve on that. We would like to thank you very much for all your time and patience" (Sean and Emma)

"You have truly helped us save our marriage and resolve our problems and we are so grateful for your guidance" (Stuart and Lisa)

“We would definitely come straight back to you if things get rocky again as you have really helped us” (Sam and Chris)

Why not contact me to discuss what you need.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been working with young adults, individuals and couples to help people make positive choices for change. I am  a Registered Counsellor with an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Level 5), and a registered member of BACP.  My pratice has a team of 10 Associate's at the Old Surgery in Leighton Buzzard, i also have years of  experience in schools work and with Brook counselling.

I have experience in working with the impact of domestic and sexual violence, bereavement, anxiety, PTSD (including use of the Rewind technique), self-esteem, issues around pregnancy including infertility, termination, stillbirth and miscarriage, and issues affecting students.

I also have facilitation skills and facilitate Behaviour Change workshops for CSUK (NLP).

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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£45.00 - £80.00

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My fees are £50 per hour for individuals, adult or young person. £65 per hour for couples or £80 for 90 minutes. There is an initial 10 minutes at the beginning of the appointment to do paperwork and discuss what you are looking for from counselling. With my practice the prices vary depending on the  associate you choose.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

we are available for day time and evening appointments. we can usually offer an appointment within a week.

we offer

face to face, telephone and virtual appointments

Further information

The Old Surgery Counselling Centre is now a team of 9 counsellors, psychotherapists and coaches working from comfortable therapy rooms in the centre of Leighton Buzzard as well as Milton Keynes. We offer counselling and psychotherapy to individuals, children and young people, couples and families.

Counselling and psychotherapy can help you with specific issues that may be troubling you. It can also be a longer journey of self discovery leading to lasting change. You may find counselling helpful if you would like to: talk through difficult experiences you are having; develop skills and self confidence; adjust to changed circumstances; think through tough decisions; understand yourself better; deal with problem thoughts, behaviour or relationships; or face painful issues from the past.

Over the past 14 years, our practice has helped  individuals and couples with issues including: trauma, bereavement, generalised anxiety, depression, low self esteem, OCD, problem drinking and drug use, personality disorder, anger management, work-related stress, as well as many couples seeking help with relationship breakdowns, difficulties and changes.

The Old Surgery - Meet the Team

The Old Surgery is a counselling and psychotherapy practice based in Leighton Buzzard. Since 2006 we have been offering a caring, confidential and professional service helping people with relationship problems, anxiety, bereavement, depression, and drug and alcohol problems amongst other issues.

Our Associate counsellors are all Registered and fully qualified in counselling, and members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy or the UK Council for Psychotherapy. Student counsellors are qualified to at least Level 4, under professional supervision and members of BACP. All counsellors are fully insured.

As well as working with individuals and couples, we provide counselling, therapy and supervision on behalf of several organisations including Central Bedfordshire Social Services, Carers in Bedfordshire, Road Victims Trust, BLMK Mind and Victim Support.

Registered Counsellor SUE DAY holds a CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychodynamic Therapy from Langley Training. She has an interest in addiction, and also works in a drug and alcohol agency. Sue has daytime appointments . Her session rate is £50.Sue also works with couples £65 and offers supervision .

WES Berrisford-Kapon Wes holds a BACP accredited Advanced Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling from CPPD London. He has a real interest in the way that early life experiences affect us in later life, in particular, attachment, trauma and abuse. Wes is available for online and face to face sessions weekday evenings and daytime Saturdays. His fee is £45 per session.

Registered Counsellor DEBBIE PETERSEN holds a CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Person Centred Counselling from Bedford College. Debbie has evening appointments and her session rate is £50 and £65 for couples.

Spititual counsellor and Reiki master PAUL CONQUEST has 10 years expeience . Paul is offering evenings and weekend appointments his session rate £45 .

Registered Counsellor SONIA GEORGE holds a Level 5 Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling. As well as working at the Old Surgery, Sonia has worked as a Counsellor with MIND BLMK. Sonia  evening and weekend appointments. Her session rate is £45, low cost spaces available.

JACKIE HOWELL is a BACP accredited counsellor.  Jackie has over 10 years experience working with children, couples and also offers supervision for fellow counsellors. fee starts at £50 and £65 for couples.

Thembie Mapingire is a regisered BACP counsellor with over 15 years experience working with couples children and also offers family counselling on weekends and evenings. her session rate is £55 for indeviduals £65 couples and £70 for family counselling.

BACP registered counsellor DEBBIE DARBY holds a level 5 diploma Debbie can offer day and evening appointments her fee starts at £45 and £65 for couples

BACP Registered Counsellor/psycotherapist DAWN WOOSLEY has an Edxcel Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Counselling . Dawn is an experienced counsellor with over 10 years working within a sexual health clinic and as a school counsellor along side the Old Surgery where she is now the practice manager .  Dawn session rates are £50 for individuals, £65 for couples one hour £90 for an hour and a half 

PAULA holds a Level 5 diploma practices Hypnotherapy as well as intragitive therapy. Paula is experienced and has extra interest working with children ,suicide and bereavement .Paula's fees are £50 for indeviduals £65 for couples and £60 for Hypnotherapy 

Senior Family and Couples Therapist Alexandre F. Gieseke holds a degree and Masters degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy, is a BPS GBC Registered Psychologist as well as BACP Registered Counsellor. He is highly experienced working with children, families and couples, he is based in Milton Keyenes and his rate starts from £70.

BACP Accredited Counsellor Kate Hardy has a BA in Counselling from the University of Middlesex, a Postgraduate Diploma in Supervision (Level 7) from the Sherwood Psychotherapy Institute and is in advanced clinical training In Transactional Analysis at the Berne Institute. Kate is also a lecturer and tutor on the Open University/ CPCAB Foundation Degree in Counselling. Kate is a Senior Counsellor with over fifteen years’ experience, and her session rate is £60 for individuals, £80 for couples (on line only). Kate is also offering a retreat for couples and individuals in Wales.


If you would like to know more, please email via this site, visit our website oldsurgerycounselling.co.uk, or call for a no-obligation initial appointment.

Practice manager Dawn Woosley MBACP Counsellor/ Psychotherapist.

The Old Surgery, 9 Pulford Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 1AB

Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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