Phil Mitchell

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Dip. Couns, MBACP (Accred)

Based in Central Leeds and Pudsey Tel: 07780 946568 Email: 

Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer


As someone who has experienced rape and child sexual exploitation (CSE) and supported male victims/survivors I am appropriately placed to provide training addressing male sexual abuse. The training I deliver is influenced by my practice and by my many years of working with men and boys affected by sexual abuse/exploitation. This ensures that the content is kept up to date and that the voices of boys and men are heard.


As an experienced trainer and public speaker in the field of safeguarding, male sexual abuse/exploitation, I deliver high quality, professional training and continuous professional development (CPD) in a dynamic and engaging way. Using interactive methods and anecdotal stories from personal and professional experiences I provide training that focuses on achieving realistic and measurable outcomes, aiming to make a real difference to boys and men.

Sharing My Story

As a male who has experienced physical abuse, rape and sexual exploitation I draw upon my own personal experiences and share my story with groups of practitioners and professional audiences. I share my story in a very real and honest way that some professionals may find hard hitting.


I highlight the difficulties that men and boys face in disclosing abuse and address barriers to engaging with services that specifically relate to being male.


I also aim to increase awareness and understanding of male abuse and exploitation, explore how being male can affect internal and external perceptions, discuss how female abuse is perceived compared to male abuse and most importantly explore what lessons we can learn from this.

Booking Form and Fees

The booking forms below contain important terms and conditions and details regarding fees. Please ensure you read the terms and conditions before submitting the form.


Booking form for individuals

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Professionals have given permission for their comments to feature below.


"Having attended training with Phil, I would highly recommend it. Phil showed great skill in presenting a challenging topic in a way that was accessible and highly engaging. The training was of high quality and Phil's extensive experience and passion for what he does shone through. I'd say it was essential training for anyone working with young people." 

Dee, Young people's Counsellor- Leeds


"Phil is passionate and knowledgeable about male sexual abuse and exploitation. He is an engaging trainer who holds the attention of all those present in the room throughout the duration of the course and his materials are of high quality. I always learn something new from him and would highly recommend him to others. As project coordinator for BLAST Yorkshire, he has made a significant difference to a large number of young men and their families, as well as increasing the skills and knowledge of professionals working with them."

Adele Gladman, Director Safeguarding Children Training and Consultancy Ltd


"As a busy professional it can be difficult to find the time to attend training, however this is one trainer who deserves your attention. Phil's extensive knowledge and experience brought this training to life and his passion was unquestionable. All topics explored throughout training were engaging (gripping at times) and delivered through a variety of learning styles including opportunities to network with other professionals. This training encouraged me to re-assess best practice within my setting in order to ensure a more inclusive way of supporting males. Thank you Phil."    

Hannah Wilkinson, Emotional Well Being Worker, Temple Learning Academy


"Phil is passionate and highly knowledgeable about male sexual abuse and exploitation. He is a skilled and engaging trainer, delivering information and increasing awareness around this sensitive topic in a manner which is accessible. His personal warmth and genuineness are key factors in making his training sessions so highly respected by the wide range of professionals who have attended. I regularly recommend his training to other professionals, as I believe it is an essential area of learning for all of us."

Susan Utting-Simon MBACP Snr Accred Counsellor/Psychotherapist & Supervisor, Chair of BACP Private Practice Division


"Phil is an experienced practitioner and trainer and draws on his extensive work as a qualified counsellor, front line practitioner and service co-ordinator in the field of Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse to inform his practice. He will champion people’s rights and ensures that he keeps them central to the support and the services they are receiving. Phil is a strong advocate for young people and ensures that their voice is heard on both an individual and collective level. His training is informed by real life examples and situations and Phil is an engaging and knowledgeable trainer. Phil is passionate and driven about his work and always gives 100% in everything that he does."

Emma Holmes, CEO – The Market Place


"Passion, expertise, practice based knowledge, personal experience, Phil's training incorporates it all! His sessions are engaging and professionally delivered and they leave his audience feeling well informed and better equipped to understand and respond to the needs of boys and young men affected by grooming and CSE. He is a joy to work alongside and his training comes highly recommended."

Nola Ellen Education, Training and Consultancy

My Training Experience

I have significant experience in public speaking and in developing and delivering nationally recognised training addressing the grooming and sexual abuse/exploitation of boys and men. The training I deliver aims to identify boys and men at risk of sexual exploitation, address the sexist and gender biased practice often targeted at males and highlight the difficulties experienced by males in engaging with support, seeking help and disclosing abuse. I have also worked with various organisations and practitioners to help make their services and practice accessible to, and inclusive of boys and men.


Since 2009 I have delivered male sexual abuse and exploitation training to thousands of professionals and services across the country including large children's charities, voluntary sector organisations, child sexual exploitation services, youth provisions, counselling organisations, CAMHS services, educational professionals, sexual health practitioners, other health professionals, housing workers, children's social care, safeguarding children boards and various police forces and local authority work forces.  In 2014 my work in the field of male sexual abuse was acknowledged when I was nominated for an' Unsung Hero Award' and was a finalist in the category, 'Longest Journey Under Challenging Conditions'.

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I encourage professionals to consider their attitudes and responses towards boys and men, re-evaluate the services offered to males and consider how listening to my story could have a positive impact on their practice. If you would like to book me to share my story, please download a booking form.

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As well as public speaking and delivering training, I have also developed and implemented various national initiatives, resources and campaigns aimed at tackling the sexual exploitation of boys. I have appeared in local and national media highlighting the issues faced by males who are raped, abused and sexually exploited and I have contributed to research and various publications including 'Children and Young People Now' and 'Inside Man' by Dan Bell and Glen Poole.


I have also delivered training to various groups of professionals on other issues such as basic counselling skills and sexual orientation.

Training, consultancy and public speaking are available throughout the UK and can be delivered to small groups, large groups and via other events such as conferences. For further details including fees, terms and conditions and how to commission training, please download the booking form.

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Training at a Glance

  • Provided specialist training since 2009

  • Delivered nationally

  • Based on real life, practice and research

  • Delivered to small groups and large audiences

  • Training and guest speaker presentations available

  • Dynamic and engaging speaker/trainer

  • Various training courses available

  • Bespoke training/presentations also available

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