Michelle Hitt MBACP Accredited Counsellor for children, young people & adults
I offer a high quality, therapeutic counselling service for adults, children, young people, couples 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. I also offer animal assisted therapy sessions as an alternative to room-based counselling sessions.
My Way of Working
I work in a client-centred way and draw on many integrative skills so that my counselling practice can be truly holistic and tailored to meet your individual needs.
I believe that everyone has the ability and resources within themselves to solve their own problems and reach their 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 grow and develop. This can also have a positive effect on your current and future relationships with others as we are all inter-connected and, by default, we directly affect and are affected by those around us.
I have significant experience of working with adults and young people with trauma and abuse related issues. Traumatic memories are not always readily accessible as our minds sometimes suppress these memories in order to keep us safe. However, undetected or unexplored trauma can sometimes explain our emotional responses and behaviour patterns in the present moment. It can also have a negative impact on our relationships with others. If this is the case, I can offer a gentle and supportive way to explore your past experiences and to promote healing from within.
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 This can often present itself in a variety of ways such as angry outbursts, withdrawn behaviour, self harm, anxiety and difficulties with relationships.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 anxiety and 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.
It can be a difficult decision to come to counselling as an adult as often it can feel easier or more safe to suppress our feelings and internalise them. Whilst this can work for some in the short term this is not a healthy option in the longer term. Many people will continue through their lives without being able to truly be aware of their emotions and the effect their behaviour may be having on themselves and those around them. If you are unhappy with the way that you are living your life or if you feel that your relationships with others are not what you would like them to be then counselling could be what you are looking for. Maybe your are feeling stuck or struggling with motivation? You might be trying to fit into this world we live in? Maybe you have a diagnosed disorder that you are struggling to understand? Maybe your anxiety or depression is starting to affect the life that you lead? The list is endless as we are all individuals and we all have a different perception of our world.
Your perception is so important and the development of your self awareness is fundamental to your future. Becoming aware of your past experiences, your emotions, feelings and behaviour is the first and hardest step but it is a necessary process that will enable you grow and develop as a person.
Relationships - Building and maintaining relationships is fundamental to our survival and we should never underestimate the importance of connection and relationship in our lives. When our relationships break down it can seriously impact on our happiness and life satisfaction. Relationship issues can often present themselves at major life transition points such as beginning to live together, the birth of a child, illness, debt or retirement/ageing.
I offer relationship counselling to couples (of any identity) and families. I can help you to identify why things have deteriorated and look at potential ways to work through your problems. I provide an unbiased and safe environment for you to explore your personal needs, concerns and expectations of your own unique relationships. You will gain more understanding about yourself and each other, which will help you to acknowledge and address those unmet needs By learning to adjust, cope and change it is often possible for you to rebuild trust and mutual respect, resolve conflict and ultimately build stronger relationships with your loved ones.
As a qualified inter-personal mediator, I also offer a mediation service for a variety of relationship issues, including family problems, work-related issues and neighbour disputes.
Animal Assisted Therapy I also offer outdoor counselling and animal/equine assisted therapy at a base near Crosskeys. Please look at my website or email/call me for more details.
As an accredited 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
- Certificate in Couples Counselling
- Certified psychotherapist in Equine Facilitated Therapy
- Diploma in Equine Guided Learning
- Diploma in Inter-personal Mediation
- Certified practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), which is an enhanced level of membership and means that I have achieved a high standard of knowledge, experience and development as required by the BACP.
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:
- Attachment issues
- Suicide and Suicidal Ideation
- Anger management
- Psychodynamic Equine Assisted Trauma Therapy
- Coaching Youth at Risk
- Safeguarding for vulnerable adults and children
- First Aid at Work
I am also currently undertaking a MSc in EMDR and Trauma Therapy.
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 have worked as a counsellor for CASY (Counselling And Support for Young persons) in school and centre settings for several years and have also been a counsellor for Trust House for the last 2 years, working with survivors of rape and sexual abuse.
I am also currently an associate counsellor for the BUPA Employment Assistance Programme and a counsellor for 2 Wish Upon a Star, a charity to help families that have experienced the unexpected loss of a child or young person.
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 equine assisted learning centres and alternative learning centres.
As a serving member of the Royal Air Force, I worked extensively with personnel and families in the Armed Forces and also in human resources and 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
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- 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
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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£45 per 1 hour session for individual counselling.
£60 per 1 hour session for couples' counselling.
£55 per 1 hour session for individual animal assisted therapy.
£Please call for group or family animal assisted learning and therapy sessions.
I offer concessionary rates for low income earners and trainee counsellors. Please contact me for further information.
Please email, text or ring me to make an appointment.
Its really important that you find the right counsellor for you and it can be so difficult to make a choice. With that in mind, I am really happy to talk to you prior to booking your first appointment so that you can ask any questions and find out a little more about me and my approach to counselling. I look forward to hearing from you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Flexible appointments throughout the week including some evenings and weekends
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|