Phil Mitchell Dip. Couns, MBACP (Accred) Male Sexual Abuse Specialist

Phil Mitchell Dip. Couns, MBACP (Accred) Male Sexual Abuse Specialist

663 Stanningley Road
Pudsey
LS28 6NB

22/23 Blayds Yard
Leeds
LS1 4AD

07780 946568

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663 Stanningley Road
Pudsey
LS28 6NB

22/23 Blayds Yard
Leeds
LS1 4AD

07780 946568

About me

I am a qualified therapist and since 2004 I have provided one-to-one counselling and psychotherapy to adults young people and children.

I specialise in working with male sexual abuse and have significant experience in working with men and boys affected by rape, sexual abuse, sexual assaults and sexual violence. I have over eight years experience of managing a male only sexual exploitation service and in supporting boys and men at risk of, or who experienced sexual exploitation and abuse. I am also an experienced trainer and public speaker addressing male sexual abuse on a national level.

I am also experienced in working with stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, bereavement, anger, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties and more.

I am also a qualified supervisor and since 2012 I have provided supervision to qualified and trainee counsellors, and also to other practitioners working with children in high risk situations.

I am registered and accredited with The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) meaning by counselling practice has been deemed sufficiently ethical.

For further details about me, my experience and how I work please visit my website www.counsellingwithphil.co.uk

Training, qualifications & experience

Training
Since 2004 I have attended various training courses addressing, but not limited to, the following issues:

  • Working ethically
  • Working with children and young people
  • Working with drug addiction
  • Helping clients through suicide and self harm
  • Brief solution focused therapy
  • The neuroscience of trauma
  • Understanding bereavement
  • Safeguarding boys from child sexual exploitation
  • Understanding domestic violence
  • Sexual trauma - the brain and the body
  • Using the trauma model to understating the affects of sexual abuse and exploitation

I have also delivered training courses addressing working with men and boys affected by sexual abuse.

Qualifications

  • 2012 - Post-Graduate Certificate in Person-Centred Supervision by Temenos, Sheffield
  • 2009 - BACP Accreditation
  • 2008 - BACP Accredited Practitioner's Course in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) University of Birmingham
  • 2006 - BACP Accredited Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Warwick
  • 2003 - Level two certificate in counselling skills and studies, Thomas Danby College, Leeds
  • 2001 - Introductory counselling certificate, Thomas Danby College, Leeds


Experience
I am a qualified therapist and since 2004 I have provided one-to-one counselling and psychotherapy to children, young people and adults on a wide range of issues.

Whilst I specialise in working with male sexual abuse I am also experienced in working with other issues such as stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, bereavement, anger, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties and more.

Since 2004 I have worked with a variety of individuals including those affected by bereavement via Cruse Bereavement Care, those addressing issues relating to their sexual orientation via Terrence Higgins Trust and Freshwinds Birmingham, and children affected by a range of issues via Relate’s Time for You service and in a number of secondary schools.

Since 2007 I have worked in private practice, ran a counselling service in the Midlands and also provided counselling for ITV and a number of Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs).

I am registered and accredited with The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) meaning by counselling practice has been deemed sufficiently ethical

I specialise in working with male sexual abuse and have significant experience in working with men and boys affected by rape, sexual abuse, sexual assaults and sexual violence. I have over eight years experience of managing a male only sexual exploitation service and in supporting boys and men at risk of, or who experienced sexual exploitation and abuse. I am also an experienced trainer and public speaker addressing male sexual abuse on a national level.

As a survivor of abuse I know personally and professionally how males often find it particularly difficult in asking for help and seeking counselling. This is due to old fashioned gender stereotypes and perceived ideas about what it means to male. During childhood and adolescence boys are often given messages about how they should and shouldn't behave e.g. 'man up,' 'don't cry,' 'grow a pair,' 'be a big man.' These messages often shape a boy's idea of their masculinity, what it means to be male and how they need to behave as man. This can result in men becoming boys who think they need to respond to problems by expressing violence and/or suppressing emotions.

As males are generally seen as the stronger and less vulnerable sex this gives many boys and men an added difficulty to overcome, particularly when they have experienced sexual violence/abuse. When boys and men do not have the space to talk about their issues and appropriately express their emotions it can result in outburst of uncontrollable rage, sever anxiety, chronic depression and in some cases the manifestation of a physical ailment. Males who have experienced sexual violence/abuse sometimes believe their masculinity has been attacked and that asking for help and seeking support is another threat to their masculinity. It is important to remember that when men talk about their problems and express their feelings this is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength.

Between 2013 and 2015 I also managed a project working with child sexual exploitation (CSE) organisations across the country helping them develop their services for boys. The number of boys referred for support increased from 91 to 249 across 20 local authorities. I have also developed and implemented various national initiatives, resources and campaigns aimed at tackling the sexual exploitation of boys. I have appeared in local and national media highlighting the issues faced my men and boys who are raped, abused and sexually exploited and I have contributed to research and various publications including 'Children and Young People Now' and 'Inside Man' by Dan Bell and Glen Poole.

Since 2009 I have delivered training to thousands of professionals across the country addressing the sexual abuse and exploitation of boys and men and the difficulties they face in asking for help. In 2014 my work in the field of male sexual abuse was acknowledged when I was also nominated for an' Unsung Hero Award' and was a finalist in the category, 'longest journey under challenging conditions'.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BACP

Photos & videos

  • Counselling room, Stanningley Road
  • Phil on Channel 4
  • PhilonITV

Fees

Counselling
£50 per one hour session. Most clients usually have a one hour session weekly or fortnightly.

Supervision
£25 per 30 minutes.

For further details please visit:
www.counsellingwithphil.co.uk

Further information

I also hold a Post Graduate Certificate in Person Centred Supervision which was awarded to me by Temenos.

As someone who has received and provided Person Centred counselling and supervision I have seen and experienced the benefits that this way of working can bring.

I believe that by establishing and maintaining a healthy and collaborative relationship where supervisees can experience the core conditions of empathy, genuineness and acceptance, a safe enough space can be created where various issues relating to client work, practice and professional development can be addressed, discussed and explored in a way that is helpful to the supervisee.

My role is to work with what the supervisee brings to supervision, in a non-judgemental way that can help develop their practice and grow as a counsellor. I believe I can provide the appropriate environment where supervisees can discuss any difficulties they may be experiencing, explore alternative approaches, be open to appropriate challenge and highlight what is going well.

My Supervision Experience
Since 2012 I have provided private Person Centred supervision to qualified and trainee counsellors working in settings such schools, colleges, GP surgeries, voluntary sector services, crisis centres and other counselling organisations.

I have significant experience in working with safeguarding issues and supervising counsellors and other practitioners working with children and young people in high risk situations including those involved in child sexual exploitation (CSE), those affected by trauma and those with suicidal thoughts.

Further details can be found at my website www.counsellingwithphil.co.uk

Maps & Directions

Pudsey, LS28 6NB
Leeds, LS1 4AD

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

Monday to Friday 8.30am - 8pm. Some Saturday appointments are also available.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I hold a Post Graduate Certificate in Person Centred Supervision which was awarded to me by Temenos.

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