Hello and welcome. My name is Janine and I offer counselling and psychotherapy to clients of all ages both in private practice and as part of a local charity counselling service.
Life can be really hard at times and many people choose to work with me for support with relationship difficulties, breakups and difficult family dynamics, sadness, fear, anxiety, stress, loss, bereavement and anger, to name a few. Sometimes it may be hard to pinpoint exactly what the issue is and that's okay too as we can make sense of it together.
Working with Young People 4yrs-15yrs
I specialise in working with young people with complex issues, using a systemic approach to be able to work with the whole family unit where appropriate. I have over 16 years experience working with young people and their families, in education and care settings and over 3 years experience building successful therapeutic relationships with a very varied client group. This includes working with adults and young people in main stream school who have been diagnosed with Autism, Asperger or ADHD.
With younger children I offer play therapy and creative ways of working to enhance their emotional literacy, ability to communicate and experience therapy through the universal language of play. This is a preferred way of working, as sometimes, due to a child's age and development finding the words or 'talking therapy' can be difficult. I also hold a current Enhanced DBS Certificate which has been renewed regularly since 2004.
When working with young people, I have specific programmes available that meet the therapy needs of the young person and the strategic needs of the family in order to improve communication, understanding and difficult behaviours and create a more positive and harmonious family life balance.
Working with Adults and Young People 16yrs +
I have gained deeper insights through my experience as a Counselling Tutor for adults who are training to be therapists and I am 2/3rds of the way through a BSc degree in Psychology which has focused heavily on cognitive psychology, child development and criminal counselling psychology.
As an Integrative Counsellor I draw on therapeutic approaches including Person Centred, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Transactional Analysis.
When working 1:1, I completely understand that one approach will not fit everyone, so we can design a tailor-made programme together, to incorporate different approaches that you like the sound of.
Whether you have experienced therapy before or you are new to counselling, feeling safe in talking is a key part of the process. My aim is for us to build a strong and trusting working relationship, offering confidentiality, genuine care and understanding to support you in feeling as comfortable as possible. This is one relationship where it is, and can be, all about you and what you need, without any judgement, whilst we explore the difficult thoughts and emotions you are experiencing and find ways of managing them or the courage to make the positive changes you are seeking.
For this reason, I offer a free phone call to explore your needs and expectations from therapy, answer any questions you may have and it gives us the opportunity to get a sense of whether we would feel comfortable working together. There would never be any pressure to commit when you contact me as this is your journey and it's really important that you start when you feel ready.
I work from home in a calm and quiet garden setting not far from junction 11/11A of the M1 or the A505. I can offer online and face-to-face sessions and there are COVID-19 safety procedures in place.
As part of this risk assessment and care for the environment, Courage2Be Counselling Services is now a paperless service. This means that the process from our initial phone call to our first session is simple and straightforward and once we have confirmed an appointment time, you would receive automated booking confirmation and appointment reminder emails through the digital booking platform that I use.
If you would like to find out more about the counselling process, the services that I offer or if you would like to enquire about starting therapy, then please, do get in touch and I look forward to hearing from you.
Online information can also be found at:-
- www.courage2be.co.uk or https://janinehodge.co.uk/
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
Current Training Commitments
BSc Hons Psychology - 6 years part-time The Open University. Completion May 2022 CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Completion November 2021 Working towards BACP Accreditation.
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative) - 2 years with Aylesbury college.
CPCAB Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children - 1 year with Place2be.
(The above qualification is a bolt-on qualification to the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.)
Certificate of Higher Education - The Open University
Current Safeguarding Children and Young People since September 2019
BACP CPD Children, Young People and Families 2020 - Building resilience and self-esteem
CPD Working with Suicide and Self-harm
CPD Counselling Online
CPD Working with your Inner Child
CPD Working with Trauma and Dissociation
CPD Working Creatively with Anxiety
BACP Certificate of Proficiency
Current Enhanced DBS Check
CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Cache level 3 in home-based Child Care - (The National Childminding Association)
Ofsted Approved Childminding Business 2008 onwards
With over 3 years experience, offering counselling and psychotherapy to adults teenagers and children, I have the pleasure of running a well established private practice which has grown from strength to strength through great reviews and word of mouth referrals.
Working in schools as a Children's counsellor/play therapist for Place2be - a children's mental health charity based in London that provides counselling in primary and secondary schools.
3 years experience working for Challenging Behaviour, a local counselling agency service on a voluntary and paid basis.
Counselling Tutor - teaching in further education.
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.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Adult Assessment (Required before therapy can take place) - £45|60mins
Adult Counselling - £45|60mins
Child/Young Person Parent Assessment (Required before therapy can take place) - £60|90mins
Child/Young Person Counselling session (4yrs-17yrs) - £45|60mins
Child/Young Person Parent Review (An essential part of the programme) - £45|60mins
Working days: Monday to Friday
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.