Phil Mitchell Male Sexual Abuse Specialist.

About Phil
Phil is an accredited counsellor and psychotherapist specialising in working with boys and men who have experienced recent and/or historic sexual abuse. Since 2004 Phil has worked therapeutically with males affected by rape, sexual abuse, sexual violence and sexual exploitation. Phil is a survivor of sexual abuse/exploitation, an experienced public speaker and has trained thousands of professionals across the country on male sexual abuse/exploitation addressing how masculinity plays its part. Between 2009 and 2018 Phil was the Project Coordinator of The BLAST Project; a male only child sexual exploitation (CSE) service. Whilst at The BLAST Project Phil was instrumental in the development of nationally recognised male CSE resources such as ‘Alright Charlie’, ‘Ryan’s Story’, ‘Brandon’s Story’ and more. Phil managed the nationally recognised male CSE development project ‘Excellence for Boys’ which saw male referrals to 20 CSE services increase from 91 to 249. Phil was also instrumental in the Jack CSE serious case review where it was highlighted he provided good/consistent support. Phil has appeared on TV and in the media on numerous occasions highlighting the abuse of boys and men, and has contributed to various research and publications addressing male CSE. Phil is also a qualified supervisor and supervises trainee and qualified counsellors as well as other practitioners working with vulnerable children and adults. Phil is passionate about ensuring boys and men at risk of, or who have experienced abuse are appropriately identified and supported in a way that promote gender equality and combats gender biased practice ensuring services are appropriately accessible to and inclusive of males. Phil also volunteers with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) regarding development of new resources. Further details can be found at the website:


Counselling and Psychothgerapy
Based in Leeds/Pudsey West Yorkshire counselling and psychotherapy is available for boys and men who have experienced recent and/or historic sexual abuse/exploitation
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Supervision is available to practitioners working in the field of CSE including those who are working with vulnerable children and adults. Supervision takes place in central Leeds or Pudsey, or via FaceTime if practitioners do live in the local area.
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Training is available for professionals and practitioners nationally and addresses the grooming and sexual exploitation of boys and young men. Currently two full days training courses are available:
CSE Training: Identifying Boys
CSE Training: Engaging with Boys
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Conference Speaking – Sharing my Story
Conference speaking is available nationally and can be tailored to the needs of those making the booking. Presentations can include myths and stereotypes associated with male CSE, how the boy brain works and sharing of my own personal experience of CSE and rape.
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Group Work
Group work is available for educational and youth settings nationally and addresses the grooming and sexual exploitation of boys and young men, and the mental health and emotional well-being of boys.
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