Penny Birch




I am an experienced counsellor/psychotherapist with over 16 years’ experience working in the National Health Service and within the police and prison services. I have also provided counselling to students in third level education. I adopt a flexible approach which means that I tailor my service to suit the needs of each individual client. I believe the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client is of utmost importance and as such I strive to build a warm, trusting, supportive and non-judgemental therapeutic relationship with my clients. I provide a safe environment within which we can explore difficult thoughts, feelings and experiences and through this process lay the foundation which will enable you make positive changes in your life. I have over sixteen years experience providing therapy for difficulties such as anxiety, adjustment reactions, bereavement, terminal illness, rape and sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, abusive relationships, stress, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, fertility, financial worries, self-harm, substance abuse, issues with food, health anxiety, sexuality, transgender issues, workplace bullying, general life-evaluation and existential issues, trauma, driving anxiety, social anxiety, low self-esteem, carers’ responsibilities, perfectionism, disability related issues and anger.

Member of

Accredited and Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Approach to treatment

Integrative counselling and psychotherapy​ • Solution focused brief therapy • CBT

Languages spoken


Currently Practice

HARROGATE HG1, Yorks - North

Therapy Types

My areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, stress, injury and trauma. I offer long-term face-to-face work, short-term face-to-face work, telephone counselling and online counselling.


Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling, 1999 • Graduate Diploma in Counselling, 1998 • B.Sc Hons in Social Psychology, 1986

Demographics of Focus

Adults • EAP • Older Adults • Organisations • Young People