Courage2be Counselling Services was founded by Janine Hodge, MBACP in 2018. Janine is a Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Play Therapist and Clinical Supervisor. She is also currently working towards a BSc (Hons) Psychology and certification in Family & Couples Therapy. Janine enjoys working with all age groups from 6 years old + and she has had experience in teaching adult counselling student’s in further education. With an enjoyment in facilitating learning, Janine also supervises qualified counsellors as well as supporting counselling students, either in a mentoring, counselling or supervisory capacity.

Janine founded this service to support and empower Adults, Children, Teens Families in navigating life’s challenges and the impact that these experiences have on mental health and wellbeing.

The service has grown from strength to strength and supports client’s face to face within Beds, Herts and Bucks. It also offers online therapy via the zoom platform across the whole of the UK and Internationally.

Janine is a  member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and The National Counselling Society. She has held an up to date  enhanced DBS certificate since 2004 and she is fully insured to practice within her home setting.



Courage2Be Counselling Services also offers a Therapy Dog for clients who enjoy the support of a loveable furry friend. Bailey is now a 12 month old Labrador puppy who is in training and will be assessed at 18 months old. She is well socialised with children, young people and adult clients.

She has a lovely kind and caring temperament and enjoys a cuddle or two. Bailey is up-to-date with her vaccinations and and other preventative treatments.




It takes courage to contemplate therapy & ask for help. Showing up & allowing yourself to be truly seen & be authentically you, does come with vulnerability.  Yet it also takes courage to endure what you’re managing right now. So change is absolutely possible, depending on where you choose to focus your courage.
Far too often, we sacrifice our own needs, to attend to the needs of others. We forget what self care and compassion look like & we abandon ourselves. Therapy can help us show up for ourselves, with a compassionate voice. This can reduce anxiety, anger & depression, whilst also building respectful healthy relationships.
There is likely, a wounded inner child in all of us. That child who had to adapt in order to please or who rebelled for a number of reasons.  Therapy’s creative process of collaboration & expression helps to lead us back to a sense of that present, in the moment, care free child. Releasing stuck emotions, & healing from past wounds.
Through therapy, our sense of being can shift and begin to align with our true values & choices. By understanding & challenging patterns of relating to ourselves and others and learning to let go of those patterns & thoughts that no longer serve us, we can begin to move towards authenticity, calmness & wellbeing.



Whilst Janine really enjoys working with adults, she also has over 18 years of experience working with children and families within education and care settings. Her chosen specialty is supporting young people and their families therapeutically. Janine can offer a wealth of knowledge to parents regarding child development, communication strategies, behaviour management and resolving stuckness within the family unit. Janine can also support young people who are attending mainstream school, with a diagnosis or a profile of ASC and/or ADHD.

Positive therapeutic outcomes are attributed to working with parents and caregivers. We support them in supporting their young person through the therapy process. This is achieved, through a unique individualised programme that focuses on Brofenbrenner’s Ecological System’s Theory approach,  Family System’s Theory, Play Therapy. and Attachment Theory.

Courage2Be’s focus is unique compared to traditional methods of child therapy that tend to focus on the child as separate from their environment.

Our model focuses on the young person not only as an individual but within their wider context and environment. We look at the family unit dynamics, the parenting role and relationships with school, extended family members and the young person’s physical and online community. Following assessment, we can determine whether working predominantly with the child as the client would be the best way forward or whether the stuckness is within the family unit itself and we would explore the possibility of the family being seen together as the client.

We believe that working as a team with parents and caregivers, is paramount in achieving effective social and emotional change for young people. Whilst confidentiality will remain with the young person, this specialist approach involves a much deeper process compared to traditional individual 1:1 therapy.


The practice is situated in a calm and tranquil garden setting not far from junction 11/11A of the M1 or the A505. Off road parking is available and the therapy room is accessed through the garage and into the garden. The garden is not overlooked and privacy and confidentiality is our primary concern from the moment that you make contact.


Hello and Welcome.

I’m Janine and I am really looking forward to meeting you when you feel that the time is right for you.

I am qualified to be able to offer you an integrative approach to therapy, which means I can draw on a variety of different approaches. I appreciate that one approach will not fit everyone, so integrating different ways of working helps to tailor a programme specifically to you and your needs. Approaches that we can work with include:

I know that finding a counsellor can be quite daunting so to help you decide if I may be the right counsellor for you, please click on the button below to find out more about me, my counselling experience and my journey.

Whatever choices you make regarding your mental wellbeing, on behalf of Courage2Be, I wish you all the best on your journey.

J x

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