Barbara Mitchels PhD, FBACP (Snr Accred), BACP Registered

Barbara Mitchels PhD,  FBACP (Snr Accred), BACP Registered

Budleigh Salterton

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About me

Watershed's Professional Counselling & Psychotherapy, Supervision and Consultancy Service

Watershed's Counselling & Psychotherapy, Supervision and Consultancy Service is the trading name and practice of Dr Barbara Mitchels, PhD, LL.B., FBACP (Senior Accred), BACP Registered Practitioner.

Barbara has twenty-five years post qual experience in counselling and psychotherapy, working in a wide range of settings including private and GP practice, a  university counselling service, professional staff support for hospital and emergency services, employee assistance programmes, and providing professional supervision for therapists working in a variety of services. 

Barbara qualified in Counselling Supervision at UEA.  She also was a Law Society accredited Family Mediator, with experience in community mediation (now retired from this role).  Barbara writes widely - her books and papers are relevant to counselling, ethical practice and the law, including confidentiality and record keeping, counselling in different contexts, traumatic stress, safeguarding for vulnerable adults and children and child law.

   Watershed provides:

  • Counselling and psychotherapy
  • Professional supervision
  • Mentoring and professional support
  • Consultancy in professional dilemmas
  • Professional Development (CPD) Workshops  please email using contact page for workshop topic lists
  • Publications and Training Resources (email using contact page for details)

  Professional Supervision can be face to face, or online.


Training, qualifications & experience

Counselling and Psychotherapy; Professional Supervision, Mentoring and Consultancy Support

Dr Barbara Mitchels is the Director of Watershed Counselling Service, a BACP Registered Practitioner (Senior Accredited) and Fellow of BACP, with over twenty-five years post qualification experience in counselling and psychotherapy, working in a wide variety of settings including private and GP practice, a university counselling service, healthcare and emergency services support, and work based employee assistance programmes.

Professional qualifications include a Diploma in counselling and psychotherapy; University of East Anglia qualification in in counselling supervision; also post-qualification training in a variety of therapeutic modalities including the principles of CBT and specialist treatments for trauma.  Barbara has undertaken work in the Balkans for UNICEF and other agencies, and her PhD research included the relationship of traumatic stress to conflict in the context of post-war peace-building. Her books and journal papers are mainly on topics related to therapy and the law, ethics, post-traumatic stress, and supporting vulnerable witnesses.

(For more details, see the supervision section)

Publications, CPD Workshops and Courses

Available all around the UK:  interactive, discussive workshops,

Workshop topics are relevant to therapy and the law, ethics and best practice, mediation, working with trauma and supporting vulnerable witnesses in the court process :

  • confidentiality and record keeping
  • maintaining best practice
  • legal issues for therapists and supervisors
  • supporting children and vulnerable adults in the court process
  • traumatic stress
  • forensic and safeguarding issues

For lists of  current workshops and publications for sale, please  email using contact page.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Professional Supervision


Mentoring and Professional Support

Problem solving and decision making

Work and career planning

Developing Resilience


Retirement issues

Adjustment and loss


Please feel free to contact me to discuss your needs and circumstances.  Special rates may be agreed for specific circumstances.

Fees are negotiable for:

  • Counselling and psychotherapy
  • Professional Supervision
  • Consultancy
  • Mentoring and Professional Support

Watershed undertakes private and publicly funded work.

Further information

Information for referrals

I am happy to accept, as appropriate, self-referred private clients and supervisees.

Referrals may be made by GPs, local authorities, agencies and organisations, and with client agreement, work can be undertaken in liaison with other professionals in the provision of commissioned therapy or consultancy work.

  • The Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, applies to all Watershed and TherapyLaw work. see
  • Enhanced DBA check certificate held.
  • GDPA compliant and ICO registration applies.

Maps & Directions

Budleigh Salterton, EX9

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


Work hours: Monday, Tues, & Thurs 9am - 7pm by appointment.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

  Watershed provides:.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:No
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