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: 

In CENT counselling, we teach that life is far from being meaningless, from a common sense perspective:  “It is in (the) process of meeting and solving problems that life has its meaning.  Problems are the cutting edge that distinguishes between success and failure.  Problems call forth our courage and our wisdom; indeed, they create our courage and our wisdom.  It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually.  When we desire to encourage the growth of the human spirit, we challenge and encourage the human capacity to solve problems, just as in school we deliberately set problems for our children to solve.  It is through the pain of confronting and resolving problems that we learn.  As Benjamin Franklin says, ‘Those things that hurt, instruct’.   It is for this reason that wise people learn not to dread but actually to welcome problems and actually to welcome the pain of problems”.

Discussing your problems with a helpful and accepting counsellor is one way to resolve them.

M. Scott Peck (1983/1990) The Road Less Travelled: The new psychology of love, traditional values and spiritual growth.  Page 14.  (7)


ABC Coaching and Counselling Services presents Part 3 of a list of features of emotional health – developed by Dr Oliver James. These are ideas to strive for.  Almost nobody ever achieves them perfectly: No.3: When you are emotionally healthy, “You have your own consistent ethical code which enables you to distinguish right from wrong.  You are stoical in the face of adversity, realistic in your ideas and often seem to be wise in your judgements.  You have the capacity for insight into your own actions.  You can sometimes spot in advance when you are about to make a mistake and avoid it, or can see when you are reacting irrationally to a situation and correct yourself – so having crashed the car, you do not do it again; you can notice that the lights have changed or a wall is approaching, and turn the steering wheel.  This gives you that nectar of the soul, the capacity for choice, and therefore, for change.  Such self-awareness is what sets us apart from other animals”.  All of this can be gained from successful counselling and therapy.

Oliver James (2014) How to Develop Emotional Health.  Page 1. (8)



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.




# 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:

CENT counselling has moral philosophy at its core, and we also include a good deal of Stoicism.  However, we have recently begun to recognize that you can take Stoicism too far, and not all humans are capable of the almost super-human standards of Zeno, Seneca, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and so on.  So we like to point at Stoicism as a possibility to choose to strive for, but we like to create a 'soft landing' for those clients who cannot reach that far (at the moment!)

Dr Jim Byrne. (8b).


When my counselling clients need anger management help, one of the things I might do is to teach them some of the Stoic approaches to controlling anger.  For example:  “The Stoics … recommended that we use humour to deflect insults.  Cato cracked a joke when someone spit in his face, as did Socrates when somebody boxed his ears.  Seneca suggests that besides being an effective response to an insult, humour can be used to prevent ourselves from becoming angry: ‘Laughter’, he says, ‘and a lot of it, is the right response to the things which drive us to tears!’  The idea is that by choosing to think of the bad things that happen to us as being funny rather than outrageous, an incident that might have angered us can instead become a source of amusement.  Indeed, one imagines that Cato and Socrates, by using humour in response to an insult, not only deflected the insult but prevented themselves from getting angry at the person who had insulted them”.

William Irvine (2009) A Guide to the Good Life: The ancient art of stoic joy.  Page 162. (9).





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)


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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: 

Counselling and therapy are not just about talking.  In the course of therapy, the brain of the client becomes re-wired!  “Good psychotherapy does not just boost self-esteem – it changes brains.  PET scan studies clearly show improved cerebral blood flow after therapy for depression.  Insight-oriented psychotherapy may literally rewire the brain, boosting the synaptic connections that are adaptive and damping the maladaptive ones.  …”  This can protect your brain: “For example, psychological counselling has been shown to prevent second heart attacks in patients with depression”.

Jeff Victorofff MD (2002) Saving Your Brain.  Page 92. (152)