About me


I am a registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy,  an Accredited Psychotherapist (Dip. NLPt) and Registered Supervisor with the Neurolinguistic Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (NLPtCA). Also I am an Accredited Hypnotherapist and Approved Supervisor with The National Hypnotherapy Society (TNHS)  and counsellor and coach in private practice, based in Ilkley, with occasionally offering sessions in Harrogate.

Covid-19 : I am offering both ‘in person sessions’ and ‘online sessions’. Please see News 11th July 2020 for further information. 

Health Insurance – I am a recognised therapist for health insurance providers such as BUPA, AXA, Aviva, Vitality Health. For more information please do contact me and I shall be pleased to help.

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 using  psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and NLP. This means that we work at a pace and in a way that is most beneficial to you.

It is never to late to grow. Psychotherapy that can help us change a life is as much for the person in their 60`s, 70`s 80`s, as it is for those in their 20`s, 30`s, 40`s or 50`s.

Being fully aware of and complying with the Codes of Ethics of all the above organisations referred to I take great store in the importance, as a therapist, that I attend regular supervision. I am registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office and DBS checked.

I also have experience of working on a part-time basis: at the Therapy Department of Cygnet Hospital, Harrogate (provider of NHS Acute Inpatient Services and Private Mental Health Services) delivering group sessions for inpatients;  at Candlelighters children’s cancer charity with parents, grand parents and adult former patients; and I am a past Therapist Practitioner `Approved by ANXIETY UK` , the Anxiety Disorders Charity.

Supervision – As a registered clinical supervisor with NLPtCA  and TNHS I offer clinical supervision to other psychotherapists, hypnotherapists, and those who work with patients / clients in mental health occupations. I am also a member of the Supervisor Networks of the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University. To help you decide whether it would be helpful to you for us to work together please do contact me for further information and I will be pleased to discuss this with you.

Previous background

I have extensive experience in the area of executive and management coaching and training,  helping people individually and in organisations deal more effectively with `change` and the challenges it can bring; leadership development; improving personal and team effectiveness; executive coaching in many types and sizes of organisations. I can also draw upon personal experience in senior executive positions in FSTE 100 companies.

Paul Birch Therapy and Coaching Privacy Policy 

This policy sets out how Paul Birch Therapy and Coaching uses and protects clients’ information that is provided to it. It will be updated when required in line with current legislation. This notice applies to all data retained, including, but not limited to emails, phone records, case notes, text messages, obtained via, but not limited to face to face sessions, email, SMS, remote video, audio, telephone or any other virtual environment.

For the purposes of General Data Protection Regulation Paul Birch Therapy and Coaching Ltd. is the Data Controller and Data Processor responsible for, and control of processing of a clients personal data in accordance with GDPR.

On the ‘lawful basis of Legitimate Interest’ I will keep securely the personal information you give me and the notes that I take while we are continuing to work together under our therapeutic contract. This information will include name, home address, email address, contact phone number(s) and other information of a personal nature provided by you, which may include details about health, sex life and/or sexual  orientation, GP or other clinical practitioner contact details.

Given the nature of my work I will then keep it for 5 yrs after the end of that contract, unless we agree  otherwise, which will be documented. I will ask for your explicit agreement to share this information with any other party, additional to those referred to below under ‘CONFIDENTIALITY ‘. All other rights you have under the General Data Protection Regulations also apply.


All sessions including telephone conversations will be conducted in confidence and may be recorded with the client’s knowledge.  This confidence will be maintained and applied to any and all records, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations, except in the following instances:

1. Where the client gives consent for confidence to be broken. 2. Where the Therapist is compelled by a court of law. 3.Where the  information is of such gravity that confidentiality cannot be maintained; for example where there is a possibility of harm to self or others, in cases of fraud or crime, or where minors (under age 18) are involved. 4. Supervision, when client identity will be protected. 5.Where a locum has a need to know.  This will normally be discussed with the Client. 6. Where a referring Clinical Professional or agency require a report.  A copy of the report will be available to the client.

If you are receiving care, or are bing offered care, from any agency eg GP, hospital psychologist, CPN etc., when appropriate, permission may be required from you in writing to enter into a therapeutic contract.

You do not have to consent to the collection of information, however if you choose not to provide it, I may not be able to work with you.

Information may be kept in paper or electronic formats. Paper records are kept  securely. Electronic data kept on file in secure password protected systems.

I will destroy by shredding and disposing of in a secure manner any paper records and/or delete such information kept electronically 5 years after our therapist/client contract ceases, unless explicitly agreed by you to to keep for a longer period or requested by you to do this sooner (subject to any ongoing legitimate need to retain the information).

I do not receive or retain your bank details

Under the General Data Protection Regulations effective from 25th May 2018 you have the following rights:

The right to be informed of this policy

The right of access: if you wish to see your file that please make a request in writing to Paul Birch Therapy and Coaching, 1 Tarn Court, Ilkley, LS29 8UE. I will provide you with the information within 30 days of your request.

The right to rectification: this is your right to request changes to any information I hold that is factually incorrect. If you believe any of the information I hold on you is incorrect than please let me know as soon as soon as possible and I will make the relevant changes.

The right to erasure: given the nature of our work I will hold your details for a period of 5 years after this your information will be securely destroyed

The right to restrict processing: I will only use the information for the purposes that I have stated above

The right to data portability: I will not share your information without your specific consent, other than in the situations described above

The right to object: I will not contact you for marketing purposes unless you have given me specific consent to do so.

In the event of a Data Breach I will  ensure processes are in place so that regulatory requirements in respect of appropriate notifications are followed.

My website may contain links to other websites. Please be aware that if you leave my website using such a link I  do not have any control over other websites and cannot be held responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide via those websites.

This policy may be updated from time to time by publishing a new version on this website.

If you have any questions or require further information about this Privacy Policy please contact me by email at pbirch@paulbirchtherapyandcoaching.co.uk or by phone 07802 622691 or write to Paul Birch Therapy and Coaching, 1 Tarn Court, Ilkley, LS29 8UE


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