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

077809 46568 / 07780 946568

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663 Stanningley Road
Pudsey
LS28 6NB

22/23 Blayds Yard
Leeds
LS1 4AD

077809 46568 / 07780 946568

About me

Counselling, psychotherapy and supervision provided by a fully qualified and significantly experienced therapist who is BACP accredited and has over 14 years experience working with hundreds of people.

My experience
I have been providing one-to-one counselling and psychotherapy to children, young people and adults since 2004, and have worked with hundreds of clients from all walks of life. Whilst I specialise in working with boys and men affected by various forms of recent and/or historic sexual abuse I also have significant experience in working with issues related to stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, low confidence, trauma, bereavement, anger and relationship difficulties.

Getting started with counselling
You can phone or text me on 07780 946568 or email phil@counsellingwithphil.co.uk to book your first counselling session. First of all it's important that you are happy with my fees and with the type of counselling I provide. You can view this information at my website www.counsellingwithphil.co.uk

How I work
I will work with you to ensure that we use the time we have together, appropriately to focus on what you’d like to achieve from counselling and how this can be accomplished effectively. This may include working within a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) framework, which focuses on your thought processes and/or within a Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) framework, which focuses on effective solutions to problems.

As well as working within a SFT and CBT framework I may also work within a Person Centred counselling framework. Person Centred counsellors believe that people will always move towards reaching their full potential when provided with certain core conditions. These are empathy, acceptance and genuineness which I will communicate to you and will help in creating a warm, therapeutic and professional relationship. Ultimately, I will tailor my approach for your specific needs to increase the likelihood of you getting something useful out of counselling.

My qualifications

  • 2012 - Post-Graduate Certificate in Person-Centred Supervision by Temenos, Sheffield
  • 2009 - BACP Accreditation (meaning my practice has been deemed sufficiently ethical by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • 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
  • 2002 - Introductory counselling certificate, Thomas Danby College, Leeds

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.

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

When we meet for the first time
I will spend part of your first session explaining more about how I work and exploring how we could specifically work together. This is to ensure you have a good understanding of counselling and of how I work. You will also get a chance to get some things off your chest and explain more about your situation.

I will explain more about the counselling process and gather brief information about you and your medical history. I will ask that you sign the counselling agreement. This is a document containing important information, regarding how we agree to work together and covers issues relating to boundaries, confidentiality and practicalities such as fees, length of sessions, time keeping and cancellation and rescheduling procedures. You will be able to ask any question, and discuss any concerns you may have about this, and any other part of the counselling process. I will also and ask what it is you are hoping to achieve from counselling.

I may also ask for your GP details. It would be advantageous if you came prepared with this information. Please note I will only contact your GP after speaking with you first, except in exceptional circumstances.

Testimonials
Clients have given permission for their comments to be used on this site.

"A man of my age doesn't open up very easily to strangers, but after the first session I felt like such a weight had been lifted from my shoulders." Ted

"I was so nervous but Phil really helped me to relax. He listened to me in a way that I have never been listened to before." John

"Seeing Phil gave me a better understanding of my situation and helped me see I was totally stressed, and angry at the whole wide world. Now I have learned to relax and look at life differently." Donna

"I think everyone should have counselling. It's changed my life in ways I never thought it could." Lee

“Phil is warm, genuine and easy to talk to, and my sessions with him helped me both to cope with a stressful transition, and to make positive changes in my life. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Phil (in fact, I’ve already done so).” Rosie

"Phil appeared to be skilled in the two areas I was having problems with (coming to terms with my sexuality and substance misuse; these being linked). By the time I saw him, my problems had escalated to involve my employer and the police. Phil helped me through the worst time of my life. He was professional, kind, non-judgemental and I enjoyed our sessions. He helped me understand myself better and helped me face the future with confidence. If any of my problems are what faces you, I doubt you could make a better choice." Colin

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

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Specialist Experience
I have significant experience in working with boys and men affected recent and/or historic sexual abuse. I have worked with hundreds of boys and men who have experienced various forms of sexual abuse, including sexual abuse, helping them to appropriate express their feelings, move on from their trauma and live healthier and happier lives.

I have contributed to various publications addressing issues related to the sexual abuse of boys and men.

I have delivered training on the sexual abuse and exploitation of boys and men to thousands of professionals across the country and I have nine years experience of managing a male only sexual exploitation project.

I have developed nationally recognised resources addressing the grooming and sexual exploitation of boys and I have appeared in local and national media highlighting the issue of male rape the sexual exploitation of boys.

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

Supervision
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

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: Unspecified

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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