Paul Birch Dip NLPt, UKCP Reg, HPD, NHS (Accred), MBA, BA (Hons)
I am an experienced Psychotherapist and Counsellor - a registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy - Hypnotherapist and Coach in private practice, based in Ilkley, nr Leeds , West Yorkshire.
I understand the courage required sometimes to take the decision to speak to someone. Maybe you just do not know what the problem is. Perhaps you want to breakthrough that which is holding you back.By providing a caring and safe place for you to grow, I promise to listen to you and not judge you…
Working with a wide range of people, with differing issues, I support and enable them through the many kinds of challenges life can bring both in our personal and professional lives. It can be a big decision to invest in yourself……..
…….underpinning my approach is an unconditional positive regard for people with whom I work. I passionately believe that people have capacity to change, but may need some guidance and help on how to do it. After careful listening to what your issue or desired outcome is, to help you get the best result I may use an integrated approach. This means that we work at a pace and in a way that is most beneficial to you.
At different times of our lives we may have to, or want to, deal with challenging emotional, behavioural and psychological issues. Psychotherapy`s purpose is to increase choice and to facilitate you to a more resourceful state than you currently have access to. As we are all individuals, therapy may be structured or flexible depending upon your needs. I draw upon a wide range of therapies and through working with the conscious and unconscious patterns of behaviour, not currently being experienced positively, understanding can be gained and change initiated in a way to make your life goals achievable.
Our initial meeting provides us with an opportunity of deciding whether to engage in a contract for therapy. We would then agree on outcomes and an appropriate number of sessions. At the end of this period we jointly assess progress and decide what further action is required. If it is not appropriate for us to contract together I will endeavour to provide you with an alternative therapist or agency, should that be required.
Training, qualifications & experience
Dip NLPt - I am an Accredited Psychotherapist and Supervisor with the Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (NLPtCA) and served for six years as a Director and Chair on its Board of Directors. Dip NLPt Accredited www.nlptca.com
Registered as a Psychotherapist, and on the Supervisor Directory of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) www.psychotherapy.org.uk
Accredited Registrant Member and Supervisor of The National Hypnotherapy Society www.nationalhypnotherapysociety.org
I am fully aware of and comply with the Codes of Ethics of all the above organisations.
I work in private practice and have experience of working with inpatients at the Therapy Department of Cygnet Hospital, Harrogate - provider of NHS Acute Inpatient Services and Private Mental Health Services. I am also a part-time Counsellor, working with adult family members and adult past patients, for Candlelighters, a children's cancer charity,
I have experience of being a Therapist Practitioner, approved by ANXIETY UK , the Anxiety Disorders Charity.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£55.00 per session
Concessions offered for
My fee per session is Ilkley £55.
An initial session is up to one and a half hours, (£55) , and subsequent ones are 60 minutes (unless otherwise agreed).
I offer sessions Monday to Friday, daytime and evenings. These are now either 'in person' or via 'online video link'. Please see my website 'News' for more information.
Supervision & Continuing Professional Development.
Good therapeutic practice recommends and the rules of my professional organisations require the regular supervision of all caseload. I receive supervision on a regular basis to ensure clients' and my safety and to maintain standards of professionalism and to work within my scope of practice.
Also, I meet the required Continuing Professional Development and training requirements of the organisations of which I am member.
I am registered with the Information Commissioner`s Office and have been CRB / DBS checked.