Privacy Policy

Confidentiality assurance

As a healthcare professional, client confidentiality is of paramount importance. Trust and confidence is an essential part of this service and any information you may share with Dr Ruth Birkebaek via enquiry or consultation will be held in strictest confidence. Information is never shared with third-parties without your consent.

Exceptions to third-party sharing of information

  1. In accordance with our code of ethics and professional practice, cases may be discussed with a clinical supervisor. Discussions are always anonymised. A client is never referred to in such a way that they may be identified.

  2. If working with Bupa, it may be necessary to share information in order to provide: clinical quality information; assist funding decision making; invoicing Bupa for services; investigation in the event of a complaint involving a Bupa patient.


Both the fact and content of our sessions is confidential and will not be released to a third party without written consent from you, except where required or permitted by law (potential danger to self or others; suspected child, elder or dependent-adult abuse).

You have a right to see the information held, amend it or have it deleted. However, information is held in accordance with the regulations set out by UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and other regulating bodies. This includes holding information for 3 years in case of complaints or issues related to conduct. If you would like more information regarding privacy, please contact directly.

We do not have maling lists and your information will never be used for marketing purposes.

Cookies used on this site

Cookies are small pieces of data stored in text files. They are dropped onto your device when a website loads in your browser. Cookies have many purposes but the only cookies used on this website are:

Google Analytics: to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to pages of the site. The information derived is quantitative and does not identify any individual visitors to the site. (Google Analytics cookies _ga (lasts 2 years) _gat (lasts 1 minute) , _gid (lasts 24 hours)) For more information about Google Analytics cookies and how Google safeguard data please see these guides:

A pop up appears at the bottom of a page when you visit our site for the first time.  A Cookie is dropped so that, should you revisit, the notice knows that you have already clicked to acknowledge you are aware of our site’s cookies.

We embed Youtube content into the website. Youtube may drop cookies to facilitate their service and to suggest similar content. See for more information.

Don’t want to receive these cookies?

Most browsers allow you to control cookies through the privacy settings. Clicking dismiss in our cookie alert panel means you are happy to accept our site cookies. If you don’t want them, please go to your browser settings and adjust your privacy settings accordingly.
To stop Google collecting your analytical data, use the following link to opt out of all Google analytics -

Please contact us if you require clarification on any points of this privacy policy.

Paying for counselling

Professional membership and accreditation