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

Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 Registered / Accredited
Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9

  Watershed provides:

  • Professional supervision
  • Consultancy in professional dilemmas
  • Mentoring and professional support
  • Professional Development Workshops see (www.watershedcounselling.co.uk)  for workshops lists
  • Publications and Training Resources for practitioners and supervisors (see website www.therapylaw.co.uk)

I am a counsellor and psychoptherapist 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, teaching, hospital staff and emergency services counselling support, and work based employee assistance programmes.

I hold an Advanced Certificate in Counselling Supervision from the University of East Anglia, and have been in practice as a supervisor for many years.

Other professional qualifications include a Diploma in counselling and psychotherapy also post-qualification training in a variety of therapeutic modalities including the principles of CBT and specialist treatments for trauma. 

My PhD research included the relationship of post traumatic stress and conflict, in the context of long-term  post-war peace-building in the Balkans. I have also worked in the Balkans as a trainer and therapist for UNICEF, Red Cross, and other agencies.

My books and journal papers are mainly on topics related to therapy and the law, ethics, post-traumatic stress, and supporting vulnerable witnesses.

How I work in supervision and professional consultancy

I bring a person centred approach to my work, and really enjoy the collegiate atmosphere of supervision, and the sharing of information and resources. I work with experienced practitioners, and also with trainees and newly qualified therapists.

It feels a privilege to help to develop trainees' and newly qualified supervisees' confidence as they experience practice in placements and expand into their own chosen areas of working following qualification. 

I  also provide confidential professional consultancy and support in ethical dilemmas, mentoring and professional consultancy.

I enjoy working with groups of practitioners, for example, in the past I have supervised groups of counsellors providing therapy in a prison setting; with therapists providing specialist bereavement support for adults and for children, and for other specialist groups.

Supervision rates are negotiable - please feel free to call and discuss.

Therapy Law CPD workshops are available around the UK on topics for practitioners, and some of those courses are especially designed for supervisors (see www.therapylaw.co.uk for the current workshop list).

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Budleigh Salterton

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

If you are unable to come to see me, we can arrange an initial assessment session by video link, to explore whether we could work together by video link or face to face in person, when circumstances allow.


Working Hours : Monday, Wednesday and Thursday  9.30am - 7pm. Appointments are available by prior arrangement.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Barbara Mitchels PhD,  FBACP (Snr Accred), BACP Registered

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