Dr Barbara Mitchels.

Therapy Law is  a consultancy service for counsellors, psychotherapists, and other health and social care professionals and training organisations in the UK and abroad. Barbara was admitted as a Solicitor in 1975,  and has now retired from her legal practice.  In consultancy, she draws on her experience working with Local Authorities, Legal Advice Services, the Crown Prosecution Service, and her private practice.  

Barbara has provided project evaluations and CPD workshops for NGOs, including UNICEF, and government organisations.

Barbara has been a practising psychotherapist since 1989, and is currently Director of Watershed Counselling Service in Devon .  Watershed provides integrative therapy for  individuals, couples, families and groups, including specialist trauma treatments, operating in compliance with the current Ethical Framework for Good Practice of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).  (www.watershedcounselling.co.uk)

The unusual combination of law and therapy led to Barbara quite naturally to professional mediation, and she is a qualified all-issues family mediator, with additional experience in conflict resolution, workplace and community mediation. Barbara offers a specialist service in providing an alternative to professional complaints procedures  in the context of the caring professions- including counselling, therapies, health and social care, and in disputes arising during training.

       Workshops, Books and Training Resources
Workshops and Training Barbara combines her experience in writing, talking and facilitating workshops on a variety of topics relevant to counselling,  psychotherapy and the law (see the Workshops page).

Books  Barbara has written or contributed chapters to  25 books and  80 papers and articles. See the publications page for details.


Resource books simplify and explain legal issues useful for therapists to know. They cover topics such as confidentiality, records, duty of care, professional negligence, working with clients in the court system, working with children and vulnerable witnesses, and practical business issues for therapists.  

Barbara enjoys working alongside Tim Bond, Emeritus Professor of  Bristol University, and the University of Malta.  She has been an editorial  consultant for him on the new Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions for BACP, and she  has provided several Legal Resource papers for the BACP.   She has just completed writing
Ethical Guidelines for Research in the Counselling Professions for BACP. 

Their latest co-authored book is Confidentiality and Record Keeping in Counselling and Psychotherapy 2nd Edition. (2015)

 Other books include: Legal Issues Across Counselling and Psychotherapy Settings: A Guide for Practice. Sage (2012).

 Essential Law for Counsellors and Psychotherapists, London, Sage (2010) and Confidentiality and Record Keeping in Counselling and Psychotherapy, London, Sage (2008)


          See the Publications page for books list.