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.



Counselling and psychotherapy in Hebden Bridge near Halifax HX7, West Yorkshire...

Face-to-face counselling;

or telephone counselling; 

or via Skype;

or by email… 

Get help to solve your emotional, behaviour, relationship and practical problems here. 

Help with couples therapy, anger management, anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem, self-confidence, lifelong learning skills, and personal performance improvement. 

Plus counselling information sheets, information packs, training courses, learning modules, articles and papers; and a counselling blog...

The home of Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy (CENT)


Dr Jim Byrne provides counselling, psychotherapy and coaching services in Hebden Bridge, near Halifax, HX7 8HJ.  He helps individuals and couples with problems of couple relationships, anger management, stress management, anxiety and panic, depression and despondency, and with insecure attachment problems. 

Client testimonial: 

♣ “Dear Jim, You have helped enormously to sort my head out.  I could not have got through the difficult bits without your help!”

G.E., Bradford, West Yorkshire (18 sessions of face to face counselling for anxiety and stress).


Brief video introduction to Jim's approach to counselling:

Click the screen or click this link: Introduction to counselling*** 
To consult Jim in Hebden Bridge, please go to the Counselling in Hebden Bridge page.***

Renata Taylor-Byrne provides coaching and counselling services to individuals who want to develop their assertiveness skills; improved communication; stress management skills; self-awareness; self-presentation in public performances; self-discipline, including in the areas of physical exercise, diet and mind control; and many other areas. 

Client Testimonial: 

“Thank you, Renata, for all the help you have given me in learning to think and feel in ways that were alien to me before I consulted you.  I have been on a long journey from suffering to joy!”

P.J.M., Sheffield, UK (Several consultations for a range of stuck issues, over a period of years).


Brief video introduction to Renata's coaching style:


 To view this video clip: Click the image above, or click this link: Introduction to Coaching***


♣ Dr Jim’s counselling blog.***

Jim Byrne produces an occasional blog on subjects related to: counselling and psychotherapy; wisdom; and personal development; including helpful books, quotes and insights.  The current blog is Post No.123: Dr Jim’s Counselling Blog: A counsellor blogs about CENT and the narrative change perspective…*** 


Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy Quotation No.1:

The ‘common factors’ approach to counselling and therapy says all systems of counselling are broadly equivalent in terms of outcomes achieved by the client: “This (approach) is based on the idea that there seems to be a broad equivalence of outcomes among the main-line therapies (Luborsky et al., 1975, Smith et al., 1980; Styles et al., 1986).  If so, the truly therapeutic factors in each (therapy) are likely to have more to do with similarities than with differences.  Further, it is also likely that these similarities are more to do with non-specific factors than with any overlaps of theory between the different approaches.  Karasu (1986) identified three common factors between the different approaches that he considered were shared by all the therapeutic approaches: affective experiencing, cognitive mastery and behavioural reformulation”.  What this means is that the important factors in counselling and therapy involve helping the client to feel what they need to feel; to learn to think sensibly about their problems; and to review their actions with a view to change.

Henry Hollanders (2003) The eclectic and integrative approach.  In Woolfe, Dryden and Strawbridge (eds) Handbook of Counselling Psychology.  Page 291. (23). 


♣ Couples therapy*** with Dr Jim Byrne.

18 Principles of Couples Therapy 

The CENT counselling approach to Couples Therapy involves a combination of models, theories and techniques which come from some of the best approaces to helping couples to develop happy relationships that we have been able to identify over a fifteen year period.  

Here is an example of one of the couple relationship principles that we teach our counselling clients: 

Principle 4. Love is not primarily (at least initially) a "nice feeling".  Love is a process of "extending yourself in the service of another person".  In what ways could you extend yourself in the service of your partner which would increase the flow of love from you to them? (And, later, back again!  Cast thy bread upon the waters, for it shall return after many days!)

    To be successful in love, you need to be able to stand on your own two feet.  You need to be able to live on your own, and to learn to enjoy your own company.  You should also avoid ‘falling in love’ as that will only produce an unstable relationship.  Instead, learn how to ‘stand in love’.


    At the core of a loving relationship is a *commitment* to (actively) love your partner: which means a commitment, a promise, to create love; to make it happen!

Copyright (c), Dr Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling, 2015


Here's a brief video clip introduction to Dr Jim Byrne's approach to couples therapy and marriage counselling:
To watch this video clip, please click the screen above, or click THIS LINK***  


10 Principles of Anger Management 

Dr Jim Byrne has created a range of approaches to anger management.  You can learn those principles by consulting him for anger management counselling and therapy, in Hebden Bridge, or by long-distance communication (telephone or Skype) from any part of the world; or by using his anger-management self-help resource pack.  Here is one of the core principles that Dr Byrne teaches in his anger management practice:

Principle 4: Anger is most often a ‘false friend’. 

(In a life threatening situation, act first and think later – but most of the situations in which we become angry are far from life threatening!) 

Anger whispers in your ear that you are right and the other person is wrong; that you are being taken advantage of or abused; and the other person must be punished for this transgression.  Very often, this is not the only way to look at the situation.  But this is often a false statement!

The other person may be unaware of the fact that they are causing you a problem.  And/or: The problem they are causing you may be of a kind that you also, in your turn, unavoidably cause to other people – and you would not want them to get angry with for this act.

So don’t automatically trust the voice of anger-inducement in your ear.  Challenge it.  Ask yourself: Is this true?  Is there a better way of looking at the situation?  Will getting angry really help me in any significant way? Or will it actually make matters worse? 


Copyright (c) Dr Jim Byrne, 2015


Anger management counselling - Anger management self-help 


Anger Management Video: Dr Jim Byrne presents a video introduction to the theory and practice of anger management:











To watch this video clip, please click the screen image above, or click THIS LINK*** 


♣ Stress*** counselling.


Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy Quotation No.2: 

Counsellors and therapists promote emotional health (or emotional wellbeing) in our counselling clients.  Dr Oliver James has produced a list of features of emotional health, which we have been reviewing; and we have now reached item 6: When you are emotionally healthy… “Your vivacity is striking, there is a liveliness you bring to any situation, but it is not frenetic and does not smack of ‘keeping busy’ to distract from bad feelings.  You are spontaneous and always searching for the playful way to handle things, retaining a child-like sparkle, a conviction that life is to be enjoyed, not endured.  You are not bogged down in needy, childish, greedy, game-playing manipulations”.

Oliver James (2014) How to Develop Emotional Health.  Page 2. (24).


 ♣ Counselling and therapy for depression.***


♣ Counselling and therapy for anxiety.***


♣ Confidence*** counselling.


♣ New Writing on Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy (CENT).***

For example: Annex D5: Personality adaptations in CENT counselling theory; and the relationship between thinking, feeling and behaviour in REBT and TA…


♣ Hundreds of web pages*** on various aspects of counselling, therapy, coaching, stress, diet, meditation, physical exercise, personal development… Free informational pages.***


♣ Anger management*** counselling.



♣ Articles and papers*** by the Institute for CENT.


♣ Books*** by the institute for CENT.


♣ Links*** and resources.


We also host the web pages of the Institute for CENT*** counselling. 


19 principles of CENT Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy

(Being an extract from ‘What is CENT?’)

By Dr Jim Byrne: Copyright (c) Jim Byrne, 2009-2015


In CENT counselling, we teach our clients a range of general principles of life which help them to better understand who they are, how they came to be the way they are, and how to change their lives for the better. In a broad sense, CENT was developed by Dr Jim Byrne over many years of study and application, in private practice with almost 800 counselling and psychotherapy clients. 

Here is just one example of the 19 core principles: 

Principle No.3: Third, the first five or six years of life are taken to be determinants of what kind of life the individual will live.  Very largely, the narratives, scripts and frames that the child learns and forms during this period – which manifest in the form of moods and emotional states, expectations, beliefs and habitual patterns of behaviour - will determine its trajectory through life, all other things being equal.  There is, of course, some degree of malleability of the human mind, and so what was once shaped badly (by dysfunctional relationship experiences) can to some extent be reshaped into a better form by subsequent ‘curative experiences’, with a love partner or with a counsellor or psychotherapist.

For more information about these 19 principles of counselling psychology and psychotherapy, please go to ‘What is CENT?’*** 


♣ Book announcement: For counsellors, psychologists, psychotherapists, psychoanalysts, and discerning individual readers who like to read psychological thrillers, analysis of dramatic family history, and moving autobiography, this book is a rare treat:  Obedience and Revolt: Mysterious Roots of Half a Life: by Daniel O’Beeve.***


 Distinguishing counselling and therapy from psychiatry

Counselling and psychotherapy help individuals to deal with their problems of daily living.  Counselling and therapy do not concern themselves with ‘the medical model’; we do not consider our client to be ‘sick’, or ‘mad’.  We see people as being stressed, wrestling with difficult problems, recovering from dysfunctional relationships in their family of origin, or in their later life; finding it difficult to manage strong emotions in difficult situations; and so on.

This is a million miles from the ‘medicalized’ madness of psychiatry; a pseudoscience which is harming the body-minds of all those people who come into contact with it.  Here’s the evidence:

Psychiatry and the Business of Madness:

An Ethical and Epistemological Accounting
by Bonnie Burstow, PhD
Published April 1, 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan

This latest book by Bonnie Burstow, PhD critiques psychiatry, and effectively annihilates any claims that the profession might have had legitimacy.

If you want to know what is wrong with psychiatry, then this is a great learning resource for you.


See the brief review here:


A detailed forensic analysis of the childhood of Albert Ellis and the impact of his suffering on the shape of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)

A_Wounded_Psychother_Cover_for_Kindle.jpg‘A Wounded psychotherapist’ is the latest (2013) book by Dr Jim Byrne.  It is an analysis of both the childhood of Dr Albert Ellis (the creator of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy [REBT]), and how some of those childhood experiences most likely gave rise to certain features of his later philosophy of psychotherapy.  If you have ever wondered what the roots of REBT might have been, then this is the book for you.  It explores the childhood difficulties of Albert Ellis, and links those difficulties forward to the ways in which REBT was eventually shaped.  It also identified the strengths and weaknesses of REBT, and proposes an agenda for reform of this radical system of psychotherapy.To read more, please go to: A Wounded Psychotherapist: Albert Ellis’s childhood and the strengths and limitations of REBT.***

Information about Counselling

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.