Michelle Hitt Registered MBACP Counsellor for adults, teenagers & children
I offer a quality, therapeutic counselling and equine facilitated therapy service for children, adolescents and adults from all walks of life. My aim is to provide a supportive, pragmatic and authentic approach to therapy within a confidential and safe environment.
I work in a humanistic, integrative way, which means my approach will be holistic in nature and will be tailored to meet your individual needs. I believe that each of us has the ability and resources within ourselves to solve our own problems and reach our full potential. I can help you to explore your feelings, emotions, relationships and behaviours in an empathic and non-judgmental way. Developing this self-awareness can lead to greater understanding, which will help you to build resilience and enable you to find your own way to move forward.
My private practice is based in a relaxed, setting on the edge of a village between Grantham and Newark. Counselling sessions can be undertaken inside my purpose-built log cabin or, if you would prefer, we can take the session outside into a more natural environment within 15 acres of privately owned land. Sessions can be as creative as you would like them to be. I offer a flexible service that includes some evening and weekend appointments to fit in with busy schedules.
As a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I am bound by their Code of Ethics and aspire to the highest standard of practice. I hold professional indemnity insurance and I have a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate (Adults and Children).
Equine Facilitated Therapy and Learning sessions are available for people of all ages, working together with a variety of horses and ponies that also live on site. This powerful and emerging therapy offers many opportunities for growth and healing through working and being with the horses as part of your therapeutic journey. There is no riding involved and you do not need any previous horse experience. Whilst this therapy can be beneficial for all, it is also a particularly good option for anyone that is uncomfortable with engaging in more traditional talk therapy. I can also offer these equine facilitated therapy sessions to families and groups as working with the horses provides an ideal opportunity to explore our relationships and patterns of behaviour in more depth.
Training, qualifications & experience
- ABC Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents
- Diploma in Equine Guided Learning
- Nero-Linguistic Programming Certified Practitioner
I am passionate about the work I do and the emotional safety of my clients remains my priority. As such, I am fully committed to maintaining my Continued Professional Development in this field. I regularly undertake training courses to extend my knowledge and skill set and to keep my counselling practice safe, credible, relevant and informed.
Examples of further training have included:
- Exploring Depression
- Working with Anxiety
- Fundamentals of CBT
- Working with Suicide and Suicidal Ideation
- Building a Psychotherapeutic Awareness
- Working with Anger
- A Place in the Herd: Attachment, Neuroscience and Horses
- Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association Training
- HERD Institute Equine Facilitated Therapy Facilitator Training
- Developing Therapeutic Presence
- Coaching Youth at Risk
- Safeguarding for vulnerable adults and children
- First Aid at Work
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency for voluntary registration
Previously, I have been employed in a variety of sectors, including the Armed Forces, human resources, education and social care. This has given me much valuable professional knowledge and life experience in and around these areas and I use these experiences to give me a greater insight into my counselling work with clients.
Over the past 4 years, I have also worked as a counsellor for CASY (Counselling And Support for Young persons), as a facilitator at Rainbow Horses Learning Centre (a therapeutic, alternative learning centre for children and young people with autism and other social/communication issues) and Foxdale Equine Assisted Learning Centre, where I facilitate sessions for teenagers with a variety of mental health issues. I have also worked with Nottingham Community Housing Association (supported living for vulnerable young people at risk of becoming homeless) and I am currently a counsellor with Trust House Grantham (working with survivors of rape and sexual abuse).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
£40 per 50 minute session for individual counselling
£75 per hour session for Equine Facilitated Therapy
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Flexible appointments throughout the week to include some evenings and weekends
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|