Michelle Hitt Registered MBACP Counsellor for children, young people & adults
I offer a high quality, therapeutic counselling and equine facilitated therapy service, specialising in children, young people and families. I provide a relaxed, supportive and pragmatic approach to therapy within a confidential and calm space, where thoughts and feelings can be safely explored.
My Way of Working
My original training was based on the person-centred approach but I also draw on many integrative skills so that my counselling practice can be truly holistic and 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 but I also recognise that we often need some additional support to achieve this. 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.
Sessions - When and Where?
My private practice is based in an informal setting in a village between Grantham and Newark. Counselling sessions can be room-based 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.
Children and Young People
Childhood experiences can trigger painful and confusing emotions, which in turn can produce negative, and often conflicted, feelings. This can often present itself in a variety of ways such as angry outbursts, withdrawn behaviour, self harm, anxiety and difficulties with relationships. I believe that our behaviour provides us with useful feedback and it can be an indicator that something needs attending to on a deeper level.
Children and young people are often overwhelmed by difficult feelings and it can be hard for them to share what is troubling them, particularly with parents and those closest to them. My positive and supportive attitude can help a young person to gain insight into their feelings and patterns of behaviour and find possibilities for moving forward. I promote calming and relaxation techniques, the development of a sense of self and an understanding of others in order to help build confidence, self-esteem and a sense of balance in their lives.
Equine Facilitated Therapy
Equine Facilitated Therapy sessions are available for people of all ages, working together with a variety of horses, ponies and other animals that 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 or animal experience. Whilst this therapy is beneficial for all, it is a particularly good option for anyone that is unsure or uncomfortable about engaging in more traditional talk therapy. I have also found that young people will often choose this option over traditional counselling as they often find it easier to build trust and build bonds with the horses in the first instance. I find that virtually all of my young clients enjoy coming to therapy sessions with the horses and this willingness to engage can facilitate greater and more profound learning. Although equine facilitated therapy is slightly more expensive than traditional counselling, it is hugely effective and I have found that clients often achieve what they need to in far fewer sessions than they might have required in traditional counselling.
I 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. This can help us to understand how we feel about ourselves and others and to find resolutions to any conflicts or difficulties that may be present. Please email me for an information leaflet or check out my website for further details.
As a qualified inter-personal mediator, I also offer a mediation service for a variety of relationship issues, including couples, family problems, work-related issues and neighbour disputes.
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).
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents
- Certified Practitioner in Equine Facilitated Therapy
- Diploma in Equine Guided Learning
- Nero-Linguistic Programming Certified Practitioner
- Inter-personal Mediation
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 in order to keep my counselling practice safe, credible, relevant and informed.
I have undertaken further specialist training in the following areas:
- Fundamentals of CBT
- Suicide and Suicidal Ideation
- Psychotherapeutic Awareness
- Anger management
- Attachment issues
- Therapeutic Presence/Mindfulness
- Coaching Youth at Risk
- Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association Training (EAGALA)
- HERD Institute Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy Facilitator Training
- Safeguarding for vulnerable adults and children
- First Aid at Work
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency
In addition to my current private counselling practice, I have a wide range of relevant experience working with children, young people and adults in a variety of therapeutic, supportive and educational settings. I worked as a counsellor for CASY (Counselling And Support for Young persons) in school and centre settings for several years and am now also a counsellor for Trust House Grantham, working with survivors of rape and sexual abuse.
As an equine therapy facilitator, I have spent many years working with children and young people with variety of issues including autism, mental health disorders, attachment disorder and relationship problems at several reputable equine assisted learning centres and alternative learning centres.
Previously, I worked extensively with personnel and families from the Armed Forces, in human resources and in children's education. This has given me much valuable professional knowledge and life experience in and around these areas, which continues to inform my counselling practice.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
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£40 per 1 hour session for individual counselling.
£55 per 1 hour session or £75 per 90 minute session for individual Equine Facilitated Therapy.
Family Equine Facilitated Therapy sessions from £80 depending on session length/number of participants.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Flexible appointments throughout the week to include some evenings and weekends
Types of client