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Janine Hodge - Courage2Be Counselling Services-MBACP, Adult | Child Counsellor |

Dunstable, Beds, LU5
07887353151 07887353151
Dunstable, Beds, LU5

About me

Hello and Welcome..... thank you for taking the time to read this profile.

You've taken a big step, acknowledging that you or a loved one may need support as it can be really difficult either asking for help or deciding on what help is needed.

What I know, is that life can be really hard and cruel at times. Maybe you feel like you just can't catch a break; every day feels like an enormous mountain to climb; you carry around a depth of sadness that just won't leave you or perhaps it may be difficult to control emotions that can cause overwhelm, anxiety or panic attacks?

Perhaps it's hard to recognise who you are anymore, or you are finding loss or specific relationships difficult or maybe you know deep down that something has to change but are unsure of where to start?

I have no shame in telling you that I've been there, just like the 1 in 4 people that will experience these kinds of difficulties at some point in their lives.

However, my past experience will be completely different from yours. There are many reasons why you may be dealing with depression or feeling alone, unsure, confused, self-doubt, angry, anxious, fearful, sad, disillusioned or disconnected, and it may be that depression or fear leaves you numb, disconnected even from how you feel. Maybe you're just going through the motions, existing and functioning as best you can?

Whatever the situation, counselling can be a really effective way of making sense of what's difficult, helping you to manage or change the things that you can control and let go of what you can't.

A counselling relationship enables healing and emotional-wellbeing to take place and it offers a level of empathy, autonomy and connectedness to yourself, your world and others that you are unlikely to experience with friends family or loved ones.

For me, successful counselling depends greatly on our working relationship, so there would be no obligation or pressure. This is your counselling journey and it’s important that you choose someone that you would feel comfortable talking to. If you decide to work with me, there is an exclusive confidential, calm and tranquil space, just for you to be you, with no conditions or judgements attached. I will be there alongside you supporting you, whilst we explore what life is really like for you.

You may not even be sure what you are seeking from counselling, and that's okay too, we can make sense of it together.

What I have learnt is that being able to explore and open up about our deepest thoughts and feelings requires trust and a depth of connection.

Part of that trust comes from knowing that I will keep what you tell me confidential and safe, that I’m not here to judge you on anything you tell me and that I am experienced and have the skills to support you. You may like to know then that I have been successfully counselling adults, young people and children, for 3 years. I'm fully insured to do so and work closely as a BACP registered member to their code of ethics.

During this time I have also worked as a Counselling Tutor supporting adult with their counselling training.

I am further trained to work specifically with children and young people and I have held an up to date Enhanced DBS since 2004.

I am also close to completing a 6 year part-time BSc (Hons) in Psychology and much of my experience comes from private practice, local charity counselling agencies and counselling in schools.

With Adults, I work a lot with depression, anxiety, building self-esteem, confidence, feeling ‘good enough’, relationship difficulties, trauma, abuse, healing our ‘inner child’, suicidal thoughts, survivors of domestic violence, parents whose children are in Foster Care, working through guilt and shame and health-related difficulties.

With children and young people, I work a lot with anxiety, panic attacks, self-harm, low mood and self-esteem, ADHD, ASD children in mainstream schools, bullying, school refusers, family dynamics, anger and issues with behaviour.

This is not an exhaustive list so please contact me whatever the situation to see if I can help. There are also a few verified reviews at the bottom of this profile of successful counselling experiences, that may be of interest to you.

My approach whilst Person-Centred is also Pluralistic, meaning I understand that one approach to counselling doesn't suit everybody. Therefore, I can offer a variety of approaches including Person-centred, Transaction Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Creative ways of working together. There is the flexibility to draw on some or all of these at various times during our time together, depending on what feels comfortable for you.

In our first session, we can explore your thoughts and feelings about counselling, how I can support you and how we might work together. I am experienced working on a long or short-term basis and I’m a warm and caring person, passionate about empowering people in overcoming painful and difficult thoughts and emotions.

If this profile connects with you, then please take advantage of the free no-obligation phone consultation that is available to you. Here you are welcome to give me a brief overview of the situation if you want to and ask any questions to find out more about how I can help.

Given the current situation with COVID 19, I am working online through zoom or by phone, so there is the flexibility to work with you, even if you are not locally based. Clients tell me that working in this way is a positive experience and they like the convenience of familiar surroundings and not having to travel.

However, if this is a new way of working and you would like to try online first before you decide, then I can offer the first 30 minutes of an initial session free. If you decide after 30 minutes that you would like to work together and continue for the full hour then the session would be chargeable.

Block bookings are also offered at a discounted rate.

If you would like more information regarding counselling for yourself, someone you know, schools or workshops that I offer, then please visit www.courage2be.co.uk,  email/message or contact me for a friendly chat.

I look forward to hearing from you.


What people say about Courage2Be: (Verified on FB and google reviews)

'Janine has helped me through some tough times, never judged always welcoming in lovely confidential warm surroundings.'

'I honestly can say that Janine saved my life she helped me through my struggles, was the listening ear I needed and helped me...find my self worth again.'

'Janine is a fantastic counsellor who has made a positive impact on both mine and my son's life. I'm extremely thankful for her efforts and support.'

Training, qualifications & experience

Training related to Private Practice

CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative)
CPCAB Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children
CPD Working with your Inner Child
CPD Working with Trauma and Dissociation
CPD Working Creatively with Anxiety
CPD Working at Relation Depth              
CPD Working with Autism
CPD Working Safely online

Full Enhanced DBS Certificate updated regularly since 2004

Registered BACP Member, working towards accreditation.

BSc Hons Psychology | part-time, Open University | Completion May 2022


Counselling Tutor, teaching in further education.

3 years experience counselling in local agencies/Charities supporting adults and teenagers with their mental health and wellbeing.

3 years experience as a Child Counsellor/play therapist at Place2be, a children's mental health charity based in London that provides counselling in primary and secondary schools.

Over 16 years of experience working with children, families and young people within education and care settings

Over 25 years of experience working in customer service and client-centred roles.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Existential therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Adults, Teens and Children:

£40 for a 60 minute sessions

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income

Further information

I am fully insured and a member of The BACP British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

The counselling setting is in a calm and relaxed environment, situated on the Houghton Regis/ Dunstable borders, close to junction 11 of the M1. Please visit www.courage2be.co.uk for gallery photos and more information.

If you are looking for a focused, passionate and committed counsellor to support you, a child or a young person, then please get in touch.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


Working Days are all day/evening Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings.

I have availability, so please contact me for further information.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Janine Hodge - Courage2Be Counselling Services-MBACP, Adult | Child Counsellor |

Janine Hodge - Courage2Be Counselling Services-MBACP, Adult | Child Counsellor |