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

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

Budleigh Salterton

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  Watershed provides:

  • Professional supervision
  • Consultancy in professional dilemmas
  • Mentoring and professional support
  • Professional Development Workshops see (  for workshops lists
  • Publications and Training Resources (see website

I am 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 Adv Cert in counselling supervision; also post-qualification training in a variety of therapeutic modalities including the principles of CBT and specialist treatments for trauma.  I have undertaken work in the Balkans for UNICEF and other agancies, and my PhD research included the relationship of traumatic stress to post-war peacebuilding. Books and journal papers are mainly on topics related to therapy and the law, ethics, post-traumatic stress, and supporting vulnerable witnesses.

 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.

I 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.

With another 'hat' on ...with Therapy Law, I run CPD workshops around the UK on topics for practitioners, and some of those courses are especially designed for supervisors (see for the current workshop list).

Special supervision rates are available - please feel free to call and discuss.

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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