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Dr Jim Byrne is the creator of Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy (CENT), which is a fusion of REBT, CBT, TA, Zen, Object Relations, Narrative approaches, and moral philosophy. 


About Dr Jim Byrne – Doctor of Counselling




My name is Jim Byrne, and I am a Doctor of Counselling, in my eighteenth year in private practice; in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, and all over the world via the telephone system, Skype and webcam, and via email exchanges.

In that time I have helped more than 850 individuals (many of them in couple counselling) to overcome a range of problems, from anger, anxiety and depression, via poor self-confidence and stress and strain, to insecure attachment style and couple conflict.(See my Unsolicited Clients' Testimonials page***; and also look at our Benefits of E-CENT coaching and counselling page***)

In addition to my doctoral degree from the University of Manchester – 2003-2009 – I also have a Master of Arts degree in Education from the Open University – 1991-1994 – and a post-masters Diploma in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy from Rusland College Bath – 2000-2003.

I also have two certificates in Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (from the University of Birmingham with the Albert Ellis Institute; and from the old Institute for REBT Bristol).



I discovered counselling and psychotherapy back in 1968, when I needed help with my problems with social relationships and interpersonal communication.  I went through psychoanalysis for a few weeks, combined with relaxation therapy, music therapy, art therapy, and a few other modalities.  What I learned from that experience is the importance of family background, and the need to develop emotional intelligence.  However, it was not until 1979 that I began to study person-centred counselling and Transactional Analysis, and to work with Renata using Gestalt therapy, self-hypnosis (autogenic training) and meditation to heal my childhood wounds. 

When renata and I got together in 1980, we were still carrying a lot of emotional baggage from the past (especially in my case!) and so, in 1984, we went through marriage guidance counselling with a wonderful counsellor in Leeds; and I then went on to study relationship and communication theories with Werner Erhard and Associates; and got over much of the damage I had picked up in my relationship with my mother. 

Then in the early nineteen-nineties, Renata and I discovered and began working with Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) – and continued to be influenced by that modality right up to the death of Dr Albert Ellis, in 2007, when we began to question some of the assumptions of REBT.  Out of that questioning came the foundations of our own system of coaching, counselling, and psychotherapy which is an integration of the most important and most effective systems of therapy available today (including aspects of: Transactional Analysis; Attachment theory; Object Relations theory; REBT; Narrative therapy; Zen Buddhist therapy; and moral philosophy.


Earlier background


My professional career began in Bangladesh in January 1977, when I took up the role of vocational training consultant in a UN project; followed by a project to promote technical education among poor farmers in Savar district, north of Dhaka city.  This led on to economic and technological consultancy in Thailand; and then back to the UK where I worked as a technical author, until taking up a number of posts in vocational education consultancy and management; until, in 1994, I finally set up as a Learning Coach, using my coaching and counselling skills to help people to use their heads better and to become more effective thinkers and learners.

Then, in December 1998, I made the final transition to my present role, by setting up ABC Coaching and Counselling Services, with this mission: “Helping you to overcome your emotional, behavioural and relationship problems, and to have a better, happier, more successful life”.

Recent developments

At the moment, I offer coaching, counselling and psychotherapy help to individuals and couples, in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, and all over the world.  (See the various options on my Counselling and Therapy Division*** page).

I also serve as the Executive Director of The Institute for Emotive-Cognitive Embodied-Narrative Therapy (E-CENT).***

And I publish occasional papers on how to understand the human mind, which is most important for anybody who wants to help suffering individuals and couples.  See my New Writing on E-CENT*** page.




Here are my two main accreditations/registrations:

♣ Licensed Fellow of the International Society of Professional Counsellors - (Confirmable at ISPC Website);

♣ CCC-Registered Counsellor - (Confirmable at Counselling CCC Website)

And I am currently supervised by Dr Clare Lennie, who was also my doctoral supervisor at the University of Manchester.


Call me today if you think I might be able to help you with a difficult life situation of any description! J

My aim is to help you to resolve your current, adult problems, and/or old, historic problems from your childhood.  I provide an environment in which you can learn and grow, briefly, or longer term.  Ideally I would like to help you to "become your own coach/counsellor" in the shortest possible amount of time, so you can manage your own life better; resolve your own problems; and pursue your own goals.  However, this sometimes takes more than a few sessions.  An integral aspect of the journey is the development of a secure attachment capability in you.

What I do best is to help you to re-frame and resolve your problems, to become more secure and Adult, and to tenaciously pursue your goals in every area of your life, in a surprisingly brief period of time; weeks rather than months in most cases; but sometimes it takes longer. To discuss possibilities, or to get an information pack, please email Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling, at ABC Coaching and Counselling Services. Or you could read and download the Information Pack on the Information Pack page.

If you wish to telephone me, then please call me on 01422 843 629 (from inside the UK)

or 44 1422 843 629 (from outside the UK).


Here’s hoping 2016 will be a good year for you.

Best wishes,


Dr Jim Byrne – Doctor of Counselling

ABC Coaching and Counselling Services

The Institute for E-CENT Counselling

Email: jim.byrne@abc-counselling.com

Telephone: 01422 843 629 (or, from outside the UK, 44 1422 843 629)


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