Janine Hodge

Janine Hodge

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - Houghton Le Spring

Houghton Le Spring DH4
Sessions from £60.00


  • Concessionary rates


I’m currently unavailable for new clients until January 2024

I work in Private Practice as a Psychotherapist, Counselling Lecturer, Clinical Supervisor and Therapeutic Coach and I offer online Sessions via Zoom only 

Please ask me about current availability.

About me and my therapy practice

Hello and welcome to Courage2Be Counselling Services. 

I'm an experienced Psychotherapist and I'm passionate about helping adults achieve positive mental health, wellbeing, self-esteem and the confidence to achieve their goals. 

I'm known as a relational and integrative Psychotherapist and below are areas that clients find particularly useful to work through with me:-

  • Identifying current thought and behaviour patterns and those that are no longer serving them.
  • Identifying new relational patterns that align with self.
  • Boundaries 
  • Communication models and voicing needs
  • Power dynamics within your relationships 
  • Identifying the games people play unconsciously or consciously, that keep you stuck or continually drawn into their demands and needs.  
  • Self Identity
  • Thought spirals
  • Living in your head
  • Strategies and grounding for anxiety attacks
  • Fears
  • Grief and loss
  • Shame and guilt
  • Numbness and difficulty trusting self and decisions.
  • People-pleasing behaviours and co-dependency.

Some or many of these themes may come up organically through our work together. 

If you are an Adult,  who is concerned about yourself or someone else, then please check out my website for further information. I have an up-to-date enhanced DBS check and I have experience working with  ASC, Asperger's, and ADHD as well as anxiety, depression, self-identity worries and life stresses in general.

Practice description

Working with Adults

Navigating the rollercoaster of life can be extremely difficult and challenging. Change is no easy task when we are faced with such big emotions, negative thoughts, and complete overwhelm.

Sometimes professional support is necessary to be able to see the wood for the trees. Whether you have experienced therapy before or you are new to the process, feeling safe enough to talk is key.

Building a strong working foundation that enhances positive therapeutic outcomes is something that I really care about. This is one relationship where it is and can be, all about you and what you need, without any judgment. It's okay to unpack your emotional suitcase at a pace that feels comfortable for you and together we can make sense of it.

Sometimes it may be hard to even pinpoint what the issue is to start with and that's also okay. We can make sense of that too, together.


Free ~ 30-Minute Discovery Session [Phone Consultation]

£60 ~ 60-Minute Counselling Session

If you have any further questions or you are considering therapy, then please email or message me in the first instance, where possible, to book a free 30-minute phone consultation to discuss what you are looking for and how I may be able to help.

My first session

Your first initial session will be more of a get-to-know-you session. We can explore a working agreement to determine how best to work together and I may ask more questions than usual to get a deeper understanding of you, the people in your life, and what you would like to achieve from therapy. This is the beginning of therapy and it's important that we ease into it gently.

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

CBT, Creative therapy, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Relational, Transactional analysis

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults, Organisations, Trainees

How I deliver therapy

Long term sessions, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Time-limited

Supervisor - Houghton Le Spring

Houghton Le Spring DH4
Sessions from £60.00



Currently I’m unavailable for new supervisees until  January 2024

I am in clinical practice working from home Monday to Thursday afternoons and evenings seeing private clients, supervisees and mentees. 

Please contact me to discuss current availability.

About me and my therapy practice

Hello and welcome,

I'm an Integrative Supervisor, Psychotherapist and CYP Psychotherapist. I'm told that one of my superpowers is in offering a calm, safe and grounding space to explore the work. I am drawn towards the Seven-Eyed Model and Cyclical model of Supervision. But perhaps most importantly, as a practitioner, I am informed by the clients and supervisees that I am fortunate enough to work with.

Below is further information that may help you in making an informed decision.

My Background

I have worked in education and care for the past 20 years. This has included roles in teaching, childminding and nannying. I have also specialised in Child Development [0-18 years] with the Psychology Degree I am currently undertaking along with experience as a Counselling Lecturer and Mentor, covering CPCAB criteria.

My Counselling Practice

Through my specialist counselling practice with children and young people, aged 6 years plus, I have worked in partnership with parents, schools, police and social workers and I have also sat on EHCP Reviews for children with Autism and ADHD.

I am used to working with many common issues including depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicide ideation, attachment, bullying school refusal, relationship or family difficulties, separation anxiety, autism including a PDA profile, ADHD, body dysmorphia and trauma. I also frequently navigate assessments and strategies with children, parents, families and teachers where appropriate. I, therefore, feel that I have a lot of experience to offer CYP Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Whilst I enjoy working with children and young people, I also enjoy working with male, female and non-binary adult counselling clients. I have a keen interest in working with adults who find relationships with themselves and/or others difficult. I work person-centred, Transactional Analysis, systemic and CBT models along with creative ways of working.

Practice description

It's a privilege to support counsellors with their client work and witness the growth and development that can come from this unique way of working together, both for the supervisee and their clients as well as myself. After all, there is always something to learn from each other, regardless of our role.

My Supervision Practice

The working relationship is really important to me. Therefore, creating an environment where you feel safe enough to explore all of your client work, especially the challenging aspects is key.

You will always be at the centre of the work and I believe it is important for a good supervisor to encourage your own way of working with clients. You know your clients best and what approach may or may not work for them. 

For me, Supervision is an exploratory practice and any experience or intervention that I feel may be useful based on what you are bringing to the session, will be offered as a point of exploration if you choose to. A power balance within our working relationship is respected and the dynamic would only change if there were safeguarding concerns that required immediate action. 

Whilst the ethical framework requires us to put our clients first, sometimes counsellors forget that they are also important within the working relationship. I, therefore, welcome exploration of where you are as a supervisee, either with clients, within your practice or development or within life in general. This in my mind can really help to support your growth and development and deepen our working alliance and the use of self within the work. 

I can offer face-to-face supervision from my home-based  Counselling/Supervision room in Houghton Le Spring, DH4 or via Zoom if preferred. 

Free initial 60-minute discovery session

£60 for 60 minutes

£75 for 90 minutes 

Free emergency 15-minute phone call if something urgent arises, so that you feel held and contained at all times within your work.

My first session

I offer a free 60-minute discovery session on Zoom or in Person for new potential supervisees. This gives us time to make an informed decision about working together and understand what you need from your supervision. 

Often this is achieved through discussions around the following.

  • Reason for contact
  • Introductions
  • Getting to know each other
  • Contracting
  • Type of client work
  • Experience
  • Hopes for Supervision
  • Your goals and needs from Supervision and personal development
  • Understanding of roles within supervision
  • Models of working within Supervision
  • Managing expectations within Supervision
  • Ethical Framework
  • Answering any questions

The working relationship is really important to me. Therefore, creating an environment and a relationship where you feel safe enough to explore all of your client work, especially the challenging aspects is key. My hope within this first session is that get a feel of what working with me might be like and whether leaning into this will be possible. 

At the end of the session, there will be time for us to go away and reflect on how we feel about working together. It will be left to you to get back in contact if you decide that you would like to go ahead. If we agree to work together then a contract will be emailed to you to be completed online or posted for you to complete and return.

We can also agree on a suitable time to review Supervision to ensure that it is meeting your requirements.

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Loss, Post-traumatic stress, Self-harm, Trauma

Types of therapy

CBT, Person centred, Play therapy, Systemic, Transactional analysis

Clients I work with

Adults, Children, EAP, Older adults, Organisations, Trainees, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited