Janine Hodge - MBACP, Adult | Child Counsellor |

Janine Hodge - MBACP, Adult | Child Counsellor |



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About me

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

I know that often we can find ourselves mentally exhausted with fewer reserves or resilience to cope at times. Life can be pretty tough especially with the current COVID-19 crisis. It’s ok to seek that extra support when things simply get too overwhelming. It can happen to any of us. 1-4 people will struggle with their mental health every year and COVID-19 is causing global panic, fear, overstretched workers, possible loneliness if self-isolating, further vulnerability and the heartbreaking loss of loved ones.

In today's pressured society, we absorb many messages & conditions on who to be, what to do, & how to behave, to fit in, meet expectations or feel 'good enough'. All whilst already coping with loss, pain & difficult situations. It’s no surprise that we all struggle at some point when things just become too much or when the weight of the world and it’s responsibilities become too heavy to hold.

If you are thinking about finding support to work through the overwhelm or struggle then I can offer you a unique relationship, full of warmth, genuine care and understanding, to explore whatever it is you may be finding difficult. Different lenses/approaches can be integrated to help you understand, accept or change difficult thoughts, emotions or patterns, in order to move forward, enjoy life, make positive changes and achieve your goals.

Theory that can help inform our way of working includes the Person-Centred approach, CBT, Transactional Analysis & Creative/Play Therapy. Whether it's a journey of self-discovery or something specific that you would like support with, we can find a way of working together to achieve your goals and meet your expectations.

I know how hard life can be and I’m here to help with emotional difficulties around:-

  • Anxiety
  • Children's resilience, behaviour, attachment and emotional regulation
  • Difficult family dynamics and issues
  • Teens exam stress, relationship/friendship/ Identity issues
  • Bullying/self-esteem/confidence
  • Relationships ending, Separation or Divorce
  • Bereavement
  • Loss
  • Depression
  • ASD
  • Feeling trapped or experiencing difficulties in a relationship
  • Physical mental or terminal disorder or illness
  • Past/present trauma and abuse
  • Changes in identity and difficulties experienced around difference and diversity
  • Difficulties around pregnancy, non-pregnancy, miscarriage or parenthood
  • Disability

Given the current climate, we can assess financial affordability on an individual basis and work remotely either by phone or video call if preferred or when necessary.

Being a part of your counselling journey would be a privilege and I look forward to hearing from you soon.



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 (Mick Cooper)                                                                        CPD Working with Autism

Full Enhanced DBS Certificate updated regularly since 2004

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

Foundation Degree in Counselling | part-time, Open University | Completion May 2021


Counselling tutor, teaching in further education.

2 years experience counselling in local agencies, supporting adults and teenagers with their mental health and wellbeing.

2 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 15 years of experience working with children, families and young people within an education and care setting.

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

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


Adults and Teens:

(During COVID-19 session fees will be on a sliding scale, depending on your current financial situation. This pandemic will hit many of us hard and Courage2be would like to support you every step of the way, without impacting further on any potential financial strain.)

Usual fee £40 for 60- minute sessions


Usual fee £40 for 60-minute sessions

Behaviour Strategy: (non-Counselling)

(For Child/Children or whole Family Dynamic) Behaviour strategy support- with Parent/Guardian only)

Usual fee £40 for 60-minute sessions

Short and long term work available

Further information

I am fully insured and a member of The BACP British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Membership No:  00839635

The counselling setting is in a calm and relaxed environment, situated closely to junction 11 of the M1. Please visit www.courage2be.co.uk for gallery photos and more information.

I am Founder of Courage2Be Counselling Services which is currently building a group of warm, passionate and dedicated counsellors in order to offer further choice, expertise and experience.

If you are looking for a focused, passionate and committed counsellor to support children, adults or teens in Dunstable, Beds, Herts and Bucks then please get in touch.

Maps & Directions

Dunstable, LU5

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No


I have availability, so please contact me for further information

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme