Therapy Law is the trading name of Barbara Mitchels. She provides 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 provides project evaluations, including commissions by the British Council, UNICEF, and other organisations.
Barbara is a psychotherapist in practice 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.bacp.co.uk)
An unusual combination of law and therapy led quite naturally to professional mediation, and Barbara is a qualified all-issues family mediator, with additional experience in conflict resolution, workplace and community mediation. She 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 & Resources
CPD Workshops 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).
Writing Barbara has written or contributed chapters to around 25 books and around 80 journal articles and published papers. See the publications page for book details.
Resource papers, books and guidance simplify and explain legal issues useful for therapists to know. Barbara has provided a number of Legal Resource papers for the BACP, covering 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 has recently completed writing the 2018 Ethical Guidelines for Research in the Counselling Professions for the BACP.
Colleagues: Barbara enjoys working alongside Tim Bond, Emeritus Professor of Bristol University, and now of the University of Malta. She has been an editorial consultant on the new Ethical Framework for 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.