Michelle Hitt Registered MBACP
I offer a confidential, high quality counselling service within a safe and supportive environment for children, adolescents and adults.
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 and I am here to facilitate this process with you. I can help you to explore your feelings, emotions, relationships and patterns of behaviour in an empathic and non-judgmental way. Developing 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, rural 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 15 acres of privately owned land. 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).
I also offer Equine Facilitated Therapy and Learning for people of all ages with my herd of horses that live on site. This powerful, 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. This therapy is often particularly beneficial for people that are uncomfortable with engaging in more traditional talk therapies.
Training, qualifications & experience
- ABC Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Diploma in Equine Guided Learning
- Nero-Linguistic Programming Certified Practitioner
I am passionate about the work I do and, consequently, I am fully committed to 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 credible, relevant and informed.
Examples of further training include:
- Counselling Children and Adolescents
- 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
Prior to my counselling and equine facilitated therapy work, I was employed in a variety of sectors, including the Armed Forces, human resources, education and social care. This has given me a wealth of professional knowledge and life experience in and around these areas.
In addition to my private practice, over the past 4 years I have also worked for CASY (counselling and support for young persons), Rainbow Horses (a therapeutic, alternative learning centre for children and young people with autism and other social and communication issues), Foxdale Equine Assisted Learning Centre (working with people of all ages and with a variety of mental health issues) and Nottingham Community Housing Association (supported living for vulnerable young people at risk of becoming homeless). I am also currently a counsellor with Trust House Grantham, part of the Survivors Trust.
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|