ABC Coaching & Counselling Services, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire; and by telephone, email & Skype

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ABC Coaching and Counselling Services offers professional counselling, psychotherapy and coaching services, in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire; and by telephone, email and Skype/webcam all over the world.

Plus some CPD courses and learning resources for counselling students; postgraduate students; qualified counsellors; and self-help enthusiasts.

The ABC services are based upon the theory and practice of Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy (CENT) - which incorporates CBT/REBT, depth psychology and humanistic (client centred) approaches.  More specifically, we integrate REBT/CBT, Transactional Analysis (TA), Narrative Therapy, Attachment Theory, Object Relations, Zen Buddhism and Moral Philosophy.


Coaching, counselling and psychotherapy in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 8HJ, UK

Telephone counselling and Skypewebcam counselling all over the English speaking world.

Email counselling for individuals with good English writing skills, who are not seriously emotionally disturbed.

Academic coaching for counselling and psychotherapy students.


Overview of site content: Counselling and coaching services; and counselling and coaching training courses and informational resources; including video format. Face to face coaching and counselling services; telephone counselling; email counselling; skype counselling; performance coaching; psychotherapy; couples therapy; books on counselling, and on anxiety, anger management, stress management, and happiness. Confidence counselling and coaching: Assertiveness; self confidence; self acceptance. Happiness coaching and positive psychology. Counselling research; and counselling supervision. Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT); Rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT); Cognitive emotive narrative therapy (CENT); Transactional analysis (TA); Object relations and attachment theory; Zen Buddhism and moral philosophy.  Training for counsellors; Articles and papers on CENT counselling.  Counselling diploma assignments.  Copy of counsellor's doctoral thesis.  The institute for CENT (cognitive emotive narrative therapy). Pages on attachment theory, meditation, narrative therapy, writing therapy, anger, anxiety, depression, stress, stoic philosophy for counsellors, and much more besides.



Hello, and welcome to

ABC Coaching and Counselling Services



 Established 1998

Helping individuals to grow and thrive


Counselling and Coaching for you: Trust us to solve your problems!

Are you looking for counselling, coaching or psychotherapy help with difficult problems, at home or at work?  If so, we can help!  


We provide high quality help in the form of face-to-face counselling, psychotherapy and coaching - in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire - and by telephone or email counselling all over the world.


We can help you to solve your problems and improve the quality of your life!


In addition to professional counselling and coaching services, we also offer some books, information packs and training courses in counselling and related subjects; ...

"A single conversation across the table with a wise person is worth a month's study of books".   

Chinese Proverb


 Together we can rewrite the story you're living!


Counselling and Coaching Quotation No.1: Philosophy of counselling: 

A good counsellor is a lifelong learner: "Studying theories of counselling and therapy is both an intellectual undertaking and a personal journey.  All people develop a set of ideas, albeit not fully articulated, about how people become the way they are, how they stay the way they are - often at a great personal cost - and how they can change.  As a counselling and therapy student you are challenged to develop a more thorough and accurate theory of human behaviour so that you can help clients more.  However, when reviewing these theoretical approaches you will find yourself applying the concepts to yourself and testing whether they have validity for helping you to become happier and more fulfilled.  Thus, the fruits of your studying counselling and therapy approaches will become manifest in how you influence both clients' biographies and your own autobiography". 

Richard Nelson-Jones, Theory and Practice of Counselling and Therapy, 2001. (10)



Counselling and coaching work:

The solution to your problem is here! 


Our services are organized as follows:

# Dr Jim’s counselling and psychotherapy services:


Face-to-face in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire;  


By telephone all over the world;

By email all over the world;

Via Skype/webcam all over the world.




Video Introduction to CENT counselling and therapy: 

For a quick introduction to CENT counselling, as practiced at ABC Coaching and Counselling Services, please watch the following (6 minute, downloadable) video clip, by clicking the screen that follows:


Or click THIS LINK***  


# Renata’s coaching and counselling service:

Face to face in Hebden Bridge: Currently fully booked!

What is Coaching? A video clip by Renata Taylor-Byrne:



Click the image above, or click the following link to see this video clip at YouTube: What is Coaching.*** 


# Dr Jim’s specialisms:


1. Couples therapy:

Face to face in Hebden Bridge; or via email, telephone or Skype;

Self-help resource pack for successful relationships.


2. Anger management counselling:

Face to face in Hebden Bridge; or via telephone counselling or via Skype/webcam;

Self-help resource pack for managing anger.


3. Anxiety, panic, OCD or depression:

Face to face counselling in Hebden Bridge; or via telephone; or by Skype/webcam connection; for anxiety, panic, OCD;

Self-help resource pack for anxiety;


Face to face counselling in Hebden Bridge; or via telephone; or by Skype/webcam connection; for depression;

Self-help resource pack for depression.


4. Other specialisms include: confidence and self-esteem; stress management; communication skills:

Please click to go to The Counselling Division for details.


Counselling and therapy related publications:


1. Books on Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy (CENT) related subjects – including Stress, Happiness, Coping with the Christmas Blues, The Childhood of Albert Ellis, and the childhood of Daniel O’Beeve.



2. Articles and papers on Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy (CENT) – including a few on Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT); the social roots of the human individual; the CENT approach to narrative counselling, reframing, and models of the human mind.


Other features:

1. New Writing on CENT.

2. Dr Jim’s Counselling Blog.

3. We currently are playing host to the Institute for CENT.


4. Links and resources.


5. Site map.




Counselling and Coaching Quotation No.2: Philosophy of counselling:

Counselling for emotional health – Part 4 of a list of identifying features of emotional health, developed by Dr Oliver James. These are goals to strive for.  Almost nobody ever achieves them perfectly: No.4: If you are emotionally healthy, then, “In your moment-to-moment dealings with other people, you are a good judge of what they are feeling and thinking.  You are able to live in the place where self and others meet, without tyranny.  You do not get either ‘jammed on transmit’ or ‘jammed on receive’.  You live without flooding or dominating others, nor are you flooded or dominated”.

Oliver James (2014) How to Develop Emotional Health.  Page 2. (11a)


In CENT counselling we teach these relevant ideas and models: The “I’m OK – You’re OK” model from Transactional Analysis (TA); how to live in the present, using meditation and mindfulness; how to develop emotional intelligence; and how to communicate effectively in your relationships at home and at work”.

Dr Jim Byrne (11b)





For counselling and coaching help, or for further information, please contact us today,

on 01422 843 629 (from inside the UK); or:

44 1422 843 629 (outside the UK)


Or email; or


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Video Introduction to CENT counselling and therapy: 

For a quick introduction to CENT counselling, as practiced at ABC Coaching and Counselling Services, please watch the following (6 minute, downloadable) video clip, by clicking the screen that follows:


Or click THIS LINK***  



Principles of CENT Anger Management Counselling

By Dr Jim Byrne

September 2014


Anger is one of the main emotions that humans feel in certain kinds of stressful situations.  The other two are anxiety and depression.

Anger is the emotion that corresponds to the ‘fight response’ when an animal or human feels threatened, or (in the case of humans), seriously frustrated by another person, or insulted by somebody, or confronted by the bad behaviour of others.

In civilized societies, anger can be appropriate to the circumstances surrounding the angry individual, or excessive and aggressive.

In order to teach our clients how to manage their anger appropriately, we have evolved a set of principles which can help to summarize coping self-talk, and coping actions. 

Here is one such example:

Principle 6: Avoid developing automatic, habitual anger triggers – because some situations that look like they justify anger actually do no such thing.  You may often feel affronted in situations where no affront exists and nothing needs to be done by you.  Some contexts in which doing nothing is called for – in which case you should let it go - include:

(1) Situations of chaos, in which nobody could be expected to have prevented the frustration or difficulty – for example, a busy motorway, or a crowded pavement, and somebody ‘gets in your way!’

(2) Lack of intent to offend on the part of the offending party.  Imagine you are boating on a foggy river.  I big white boat comes out of the fog.  It is heading straight towards your boat, and likely to cause a collision and some damage to your hull.  You become very angry. Then you notice that the boat has nobody on board – it is adrift!

Many people are just like that boat. Nobody on board!  Non-consciousness abounds.  Do not assume intentional offence as your default position. 


For information about our Anger Management self-help resource pack, please go to


Or for anger management counselling with Dr Jim Byrne, please go to the Counselling Division.***




Here are some video clips to help you to get a flavour of the ABC Coaching and Counselling Services approach to counselling and therapy:

1. This first clip is a brief introduction to Dr Jim Byrne, ABC Coaching and Counselling Services, and the counselling services on offer.2. In this second clip, I describe the importance of taking responsibility for your own life, as the essential foundation for any form of successful counselling process.


3. Here is a brief introduction to Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy (CENT), which is the form of counselling and therapy created and used by Dr Jim Byrne.  There are at least 16 videos on the 16 Counselling Videos page.4. This is Part 2 of 'What is Counselling?'  It was produced by me to update my statements about the way I think of counselling.  In particular, I mention the importance of Attachment Theory, and the counsellor being emotionally available to the client.


Coaching and counselling quote No.3: Philosophy of counselling: 

In CENT counselling we teach that emotions are ‘narrative emplotments’ – or stories, which live in our body-mind.  That is to say, emotional states are constructions created by the individual during relational experiences, and what is constructed can be deconstructed: “The strategy adopted in (constructivist) therapy is a step-wise one in which the client is encouraged to move on to a new level of self-observation only when stability has been achieved at the level previous to this.  During the initial focus on the client’s immediate experiences, the client comes to appreciate that emotional states are constructions associated with perceived imbalances in an affective relationship.  The next stage is generally a reconstruction of the client’s ‘affective style’ involving analysis of the client’s history of affective relationships…”

David Winter (2003) The constructivist paradigm.  In: Handbook of Counselling Psychology, edited by Woolfe, Dryden and Strawbridge.  Page 252. (12)



Writing therapy and reading therapy... 

Fictional writing of interest to counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, philosophers, coaches, teachers and trainers; and especailly people who deal with children, or with adults who had a difficult childhood.

It is well known that writing about traumatic experiences is an effective form of self-therapy. It is less well known that reading fiction can improve your emotional intelligence.  

Daniel O'Beeve's new book combines those elements.  He used the writing of his autobiography to work on his own process of becoming his own counsellor; and now he is sharing his story with the world, to help others to benefit from exploring his journey.  This is the new title: 

The Mysterious Roots of Half a Life

An autobiographical novel

By Daniel O’Beeve


Edited by Dr Jim Byrne




I was delighted, some four years ago, to be chosen by Daniel O’Beeve to edit and publish the story of his fascinating life.  In particular, I was very happy that Daniel had been influenced by some of my writings about my own childhood.  This encouraged him to take the bull by the horns, and face up to the highly dysfunctional family history which had distorted most of his life.  By writing the story of his life, he hoped to dispel some of his demons; and also to help others to come to terms with some quite common human problems and difficulties.

Initially, we published the first eighteen years of his life, which was sub-edited by BM, a mutual friend in Brighton.  (I am still very grateful to BM for that favour!)

However, Daniel has become unhappy with that cut-off point, and he has now extended the story to a more satisfying end point, where he is between thirty-five and forty years of age.  In the process, he tells us, he also had to shift from pure memoir, with a few fictional pieces, to a more fictionalized autobiographical format.  The whole story now has more of the feel of an autobiographical novel.


Dr Jim Byrne, Hebden Bridge, January 2015


For more, please go to The Mysterious Roots page.***