Email counselling is available in the UK, USA, Ireland, Europe, and Australia; and for English speakers
everywhere. Dr Jim Byrne offers a high quality, low cost email counselling service that is highly rated.
Email Counselling – A form of supported writing therapy
- With Dr Jim Byrne
Welcome to my Email
I’m Dr Jim Byrne, a Doctor of Counselling in my sixteenth year in private practice
in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, UK.
During that time, I’ve helped
hundreds of individuals with problems of anger management, stress management, confidence and self-esteem building, anxiety
control, depression reduction, and couple counselling and marriage guidance.
you are unable to get to see me in Hebden Bridge; or if you would prefer to write to me and get a written response; then email
counselling could be a good counselling option for you. I have helped dozens of individuals using this approach.
Email counselling works best for individuals who enjoy reading and writing, and who have
developed their skills of expressing themselves in writing.
Some of my former email clients were very good at writing out their thoughts and feelings
about their current problem(s), and then editing the result down to two A4 (or Letter sized) pages.
Others tend to write long emails – of five to ten pages – and send them to me
unedited. I then tackle them two pages at a time, and charge a fee for each section of two pages.
My service offering is this: I will read and analyse and comment upon two A4
pages of your thoughts/feelings/problems (in 12 point type, with normal margins) for a fee of £20.00 GBP.
To pay for a single (two page) Email Analysis/Response,
please click on the ‘Pay Now’ button that follows:
One session of Dr Byrne's analysis, interpretation and advice upon your two pages of A4 text
about your problem situation or condition.
‘Play’ in counselling and therapy
involves the willingness to let go of your old stories, and to work at rewriting the narratives of your life: “Donald Winnicott speaks of (counselling and) psychotherapy
as a means of bringing someone into a state of being able to play, when previously this had been impossible. In play,
there is a childlike (but yet also adult) dissolution, reconstruction, and re-organization of memories, experiences, an events”.
In the playfulness of exploring narratives of your earlier life, you may have the startling but gratifying experience of creating
a new life for yourself (because it is newly interpreted).
Robert F. Hobson, Forms of Feeling: The heart of
psychotherapy, Page 243. (53).
I will read your email attachment, and comment at various points, giving my interpretations
and comments, and any advice or guidance that seems appropriate.
I will normally give my detailed
and considered reply to your email within two or three working days.
"Writing therapy is highly effective, compared with drug treatments,
but the mechanism by which writing therapy works is still unclear. It may just be that the opportunity to express a
problem that has been bottled up is curative in itself; or that it is the thinking through of a problem that has not previously
been thoroughly digested that produces the effect. Effective writing therapy seems to involve processing previously
unprocessed negative emotions, in a self-reflective way, and identifying causal links between elements of the story.
It also normally involves using more positive than negative words, and ending with a coping self-statement". Dr
Jim Byrne, from the first e-book on CENT counselling.
INSIGHTS INTO EMAIL EXCHANGES AS A FORM OF THERAPY
According to the International Society for Mental Health Online (ISMHO):
"... In the case of
using email exchanges ..., you may feel more comfortable writing about your problems than talking about them.
You may write about what is bothering you sooner than you would talk about it. This can bring faster resolution to problems.
5. Writing may help you to think through your problems and to get in touch with your emotions. It can bring focus,
clarity, insight, and emotional relief.
6. You can read and re-read your emails, ..., thus achieving greater learning.
7. Writing enhances your relationship with yourself. ..."
Some additional points are made by Susan Wallbank, talking about writing more generally:
"(Email) counselling allows the client an opportunity to express thoughts and feelings and explore issues
at the time when these are uppermost in their mind. (Emails) can be written at (a time of most convenience) and continued
over a period of days or weeks. The client determines the timing of their side of the contract. Putting words down on paper
often enables the writer to feel a sense of control over their situation and is often perceived as therapeutic in itself.
Knowing someone is there to receive, acknowledge and respond to (emails) can provide those moving through (painful or distressing
transitions) with a sense of security and provides a tangible opportunity to chart personal progress". Susan Wallbank,
in Palmer and McMahon (2000).
"Writing therapy seems to be a viable option
for most people, but excluding people who are either: depressed, highly stressed, suffering from PTSD, or who have negative
associations with writing at school. It probably appeals most to people who enjoy writing, and who are self-reflective".
Dr Jim Byrne; from the first e-book on CENT counselling.
"Dear Jim! Thank you very much for your help with my problems with
shyness and social anxiety. Our work has helped me to gain important insights, and actually made me feel a little better in
a short amount of time. I know I need to 'work and practice, work and practice, work and practice'; and you have now clarified
for me what I need to work on, and how to do that work!" R.G., Denmark. (Exchange of four emails).
I will respond to the key points in your email with analysis, interpretations,
suggestions and action-oriented homework assignments. I might also send some handouts, or recommend some book or books
for you to read.
In other words, I will tell you what you can do that
will most likely solve your problem.
"The experience of the Samaritans is that email is the least threatening medium for
callers to express their feelings, telephone next and (then) face to face..." Howlett and Langdon, Messages
to Jo, in 'Writing Cures', Brunner-Routledge, 2004.
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Counselling Services - Hebden Bridge - West Yorkshire - UK
27 Wood End, Keighley Road, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 8HJ, UK
Telephone 01422 843 629 (or 44 1422 843 629 from outside the UK)
Services available as follows: Face to face in Hebden Bridge; or by telephone and email
all over the world.
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emotional, behavioural and relationship problems; and to be more effective in their public performance roles".
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