Paul Birch Dip NLPt, UKCP Reg, HPD, MNCH (Reg), NHS (Accred) MBA, BA (Hons)
I am a Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy Accredited Psychotherapist (Dip. NLPt) (Neurolinguistic Psychotherapy and Counselling Association ), and a registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapist and Coach in private practice, based in Ilkley ( and also occasionally offering sessions in Harrogate ).
I understand the courage required sometimes to take the decision to personally evolve. 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. Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy draws upon a wide range of other 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
I am currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (NLPtCA) : Dip NLPt Accredited www.nlptca.com
Registered with United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy www.psychotherapy.org.uk
Accredited Registrant Member and Supervisor of The National Hypnotherapy Society www.nationalhypnotherapysociety.org
Member of National Council for Hypnotherapy, Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma : www.hypnotherapists.org.uk
Member of General Hypnotherapy Register & General Hypnotherapy Standards Council: www.general-hypnotherapy-register.co.uk
I have experience of also working on a part-time basis, delivering group sessions for inpatients, at the Therapy Department of Cygnet Hospital, Harrogate - provider of NHS Acute Inpatient Services and Private Mental Health Services.
I have experience of being a Therapist Practitioner, approved by ANXIETY UK , the Anxiety Disorders Charity.
Fully aware of and complying with the Codes of Ethics of all the above organisations.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
My fee per session is Ilkley £55.
An initial session is up to one and a half hours, and subsequent ones are 60 minutes (unless otherwise agreed).
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer appointments Monday to Friday, daytime and evenings.
Types of client