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, Coaching and Psychotherapy in Hebden Bridge, HX7, near Halifax, West Yorkshire,

and via telephone, email and Skype... 

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, near Halifax, West Yorkshire - and by telephone, Skype 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! 



The home of Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy (CENT)

Integrating Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT/REBT) with Transactional Analysis (TA), Psychoanalysis, Attachment theory, Narrative therapy, Buddhist, Stoic and Moral philosophies, and Critical thinking skills… 


Dr Jim Byrne provides counselling, psychotherapy and coaching services in Hebden Bridge, near Halifax, HX7, West Yorkshire.  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, Thanks for all your help with my anxiety problem, my general health concerns, and the other issues we discussed.  I am feeling a lot better now, and, thanks to your input, I now know how to fix the problem.  The quality of your listening was great, and very helpful - but it was exceeded by the quality of your care for me! I got a lot off my chest, and you helped to clarify a lot of things for me. In the process, I grew a lot, and took more responsibility for solving my own problems.”

T.E.G., Bradford, UK.  (Six sessions of counselling and therapy for anxiety, panic and identity issues).


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.***
And here's another little video clip on counselling.  Introduction to counselling - Part 1, by Dr Jim Byrne


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).


To find out more, please go to: 

Renata Taylor-Byrne’s coaching and counselling services.***


Brief video introduction to Renata's coaching style:


Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy Quotation No.1:

In CENT counselling, we ask our clients: Why would you take potentially dangerous, addictive, pharmaceutical drugs for depression when physical exercise can cure you?  “… (A) study was carried out on patients diagnosed with a major depressive disorder.  The first group was given medication alone, the second (group was given) exercise alone and the third (group was given) medication and exercise together.  The results showed that exercise is as helpful as medication in combating depression, as all three groups showed statistically significant and identical improvement in standard measurements of depression”.

Philippa Perry, How to Stay Sane. (2012). (44)



♣ Couples therapy*** with Dr Jim Byrne.

About my Couples therapy service: I have studied, and now teach, some of the most potent approaches to developing effective human relationships, including couple relationships and marriages.  I have helped many couples to save their relationships from disaster.

If you want to be happy in a secure, affectionate, adult love relationship, then I can help you to learn. Go to Couples Therapy page.***


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 7.  It's OK to want to be loved, admired, accepted and approved of.  But it is most sensible to want to be loved, accepted and so on for practical reasons, such as your companionship, sociability, loving nature, vocational advancement, your "mental accomplishments", and so on; rather than (like a child) for your "self", or for the sake of artificially raising you "self-esteem"!  

Do you seek to be loved for practical reasons, or do you insist upon being loved for your "self"?  Only a mother-substitute is likely to love you for your "self"; and who would want to be a mother-substitute for you?  Probably no one!  

So it's better to grow up and not demand maternal/paternal adoration!  

Are you willing to grow up in this area of your emotional life?


Two options: If you would like some counselling or coaching help with your romantic/marital relationship, then try one of these options:

(1) Couples therapy with a counsellor - (2) Relationship course for couples 

Plus: Here's a brief video clip introduction to Dr Jim Byrne's approach to couples therapy and marriage counselling: 


 About my Anger Management Counseling service: Many people come to see me with problems of anger, at home and/or at work.  They find that they have a short fuse when they are frustrated by others; or when others cause them to look foolish; or when people behave badly when they should know better. 

I have helped many people to reduce their angry responses to a more reasonable level, by working with them on how to think and feel cooler and calmer when facing difficulties, like insults, threats, or frustrations.
Others come from families in which anger was modelled for them as a legitimate way to solve conflicts of opinion.  However, they later find that enflaming their feelings of anger - and acting on those feelings of anger - does not work in the wider world. 

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 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.


Copyright (c) Dr Jim Byrne, 2015


Two options: If you are looking for coaching or counselling help to manage or control your anger, then try on of the following options:

(1) Anger management counselling - (2) Anger management self-help course  


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


 Stress can manifest as a constant feeling of inability to cope with the pressures of life, at home or at work.  In fact, a good definition of stress is this:

Stress = Pressure/Coping ability; or stress equals pressure divided by your coping ability.

The higher your level of coping ability, the more pressure you can handle before your stress level begins to feel like distress.


Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy Quotation No.2: 

Some counsellors and therapists, (like the late Dr Albert Ellis), tend to downplay the value of love, and the importance of loving relationships with our parents when we are young.  However, in CENT counselling, we agree with M. Scott Peck, that being loved as a child is like building up a pot of gold for our journey through the difficulties of adult life.  Scott Peck writes that: “…children who are truly loved, although in moments of pique they may consciously feel or proclaim that they are being neglected, unconsciously know themselves to be valued.  This knowledge is worth more than any gold.  For when children know that they are valued, when they truly feel valued in the deepest parts of themselves, then they feel valuable”.

“The feeling of being valuable – ‘I am a valuable person’ – is essential to mental health and is a cornerstone of self-discipline.  It is a direct product of parental love.  Such a conviction must be gained in childhood; it is extremely difficult to acquire it during adulthood. Conversely, when children have learned through the love of their parents to feel valuable, it is almost impossible for the vicissitudes of adulthood to destroy their spirit”.

However, if you did not get this kind of parental love, when you were a child, there is some hope of making up for it in counselling and therapy, in friendships, and in other kinds of re-parenting relationships.  Don’t give up hope of being able to heal!

M. Scott Peck (1983/1990) The Road Less Travelled: The new psychology of love, traditional values and spiritual growth.  Page 23. (45)



Depression is a painful, discouraging and draining condition.  Life looks bleak and dull, and bad feelings seem to fill our bodies as well as our minds.  Sometimes individuals become depressed because they get stuck in the grieving process.  That is to say, they lose something or someone significant to them, and thus they need to engage in appropriate sadness.  But they push the sadness away, and get stuck with long term depression instead of short term sadness.  The trick with grief is to feel the sense of loss keenly, and thus to complete it.


♣ Counselling and therapy for anxiety.*** 

This is what I teach my counselling clients about anxiety: When individuals are confronted with an apparent threat or danger, just up ahead, they have an automatic, instinctive tendency to respond with "fight" or "flight".  If you have a problem with social anxiety, then you are attempting to flee from the threat of being judged, or appearing in a bad light, in a public place.  If you are suffering from performance anxiety, in public roles, or in interviews or academic exams, then you are most likely telling yourself two things:

I must not fail because significant other people will not like me, or accept me so much, and that would be unbearable; and/or:

I must not make any mistakes in public, because I will not accept anything less than perfection from myself.

I can teach you a more empowering way of managing your life which you can then apply in those situations in which you feel anxious.

Go to: Counselling and therapy for anxiety.*** 


And here's a little introductory video clip on anxiety:

Anxiety & Panic Counselling, Social Anxiety & Phobia Treatment, Generalised Anxiety Disorder Help

Our presentation discusses how panic attacks and anxiety are very common mental health issues that can affect anyone. The methods we use to manage our anxiety affect our emotions, our body and mind and our overall health as well as our quality of life:



♣ Confidence counselling.***

Counselling and coaching for self-confidence issues should include these insights: The beginning of our loss of self-confidence is the beginning of the recognition that we are limited in our abilities and skills, and sometimes other people perform better than we do in certain tasks. 

We may also compare our physical appearance, strength, voice, income level, and so on unfavourably with another person, and put ourselves down (inappropriately) for our "poor showing". 

In general, the destruction of our self-confidence begins when we decide "I am an X and I should be a Y", where X and Y can be any juxtaposed qualities, traits or personality features, or identification with particular behaviours. For example, "I am short, and I should be tall!"; "I am fat, and I should be thin!"

Go to: Confidence counselling.*** 


Confidence video: What follows is a little video clip titled, Beyond "Self Esteem" - How to Feel Self Worth: 3-Minute Therapy, with Dr. Christina Hibbert:


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 Blog Post No.127 - Friday 7th August, 2015 - A counsellor blogs about grace and men’s issues; thinking about thinking; and family heritage…***


♣ 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.***


♣ 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.3Third, 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



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.