Michelle Hitt Registered MBACP Counsellor for children, young people & adults
I offer a high quality, therapeutic counselling and animal assisted 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
I draw on my 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 a keen interest in working with trauma related issues and have significant experience with working with clients in this area. 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. If this is the case, I can offer a gentle and supportive way to explore your past experiences and to promote healing from within.
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 This can often present itself in a variety of ways such as angry outbursts, withdrawn behaviour, self harm, anxiety and difficulties with relationships.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.
It can be a difficult decision to come to counselling as an adult and I recognise that is is a brave choice to make. 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 anxiety 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. I also believe that life is all about relationship; our relationship with ourself, and also with others, is so important to our overall happiness so the more we can learn about ourselves, the more we can improve our relationship with others in our life.
Animal Assisted Therapy
Animal assisted 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 and other animals 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 animals in the first instance. I find that virtually all of my young clients enjoy coming to therapy sessions with the animals and this willingness to engage can facilitate greater and more profound learning and sometimes in a shorter period of time than traditional counselling.
I also offer these animal assisted therapy sessions to families and groups as connecting with the animals in a natural environment 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 Psychotherapist in Equine Facilitated Therapy
- Diploma in Equine Guided Learning
- Nero-Linguistic Programming Certified Practitioner
- Diploma in 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:
- Attachment issues
- Suicide and Suicidal Ideation
- Anger management
- Coaching Youth at Risk
- 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 in 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
Photos & videos
£45 per 1 hour session for individual counselling.
£60 per 1 hour session for couples' counselling.
£75 per 1.5 hour session for family therapy.
I offer concessionary rates for low income earners and trainee counsellors. Please contact me for further information.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Flexible appointments throughout the week including some evenings and weekends
Types of client