ABC Counselling and Coaching Services, in the UK, Ireland, the US, Canada, Australia, and for English-speakers everywhere…
For couples therapy; lifestyle counselling; anger management counselling; stress management coaching and counselling; Covid-anxiety counselling; depression and grief support; self confidence and self assertion; attachment problems; childhood trauma; life coaching, goal setting and habit change; and more.
Available via Telephone and Online Skype counselling, plus Email counselling, all over the world
For emotive, cognitive, embodied narrative therapy and counselling, provided by two counsellors based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, UK.
Counselling and psychotherapy are in transition
If you’re looking for counselling or coaching help with very difficult problems, then you have come to the right place. This website is the home of the most comprehensive, holistic approach to counselling, psychotherapy and coaching.
Although we are based in Hebden Bridge, in West Yorkshire, UK, we operate all over the world.
What is so different about this system of counselling?
Firstly, we begin from the position that the body is the foundation of our experience of the world. (Even if our emotions begin in our brain-mind, they are played out in “the theatre of our body”!)
Secondly, our body and brain store narratives and physical traces of our experiential journey through life – the scars and the belly laughs; the elevations and the deflations of life.
Thirdly, the state of the body-brain-mind is affected, for better or worse, by a whole range of life-style factors; life-history factors; and current life-pressure factors (or stresses and strains).
Fourthly, the couple relationships that people form later in life are reflections of what they learned in their family of origin; where they formed a life-script, and a relationship model; so that, if you come from a disturbed family, you will tend to replicate that disturbance in your own couple or marriage relationships.
We, in E-CENT counselling practice, are the only practitioners to deal with all of those factors (as appropriate); and since your problems may stem from any or all of those factors, it is best to avoid getting into a process of counselling which only addresses one or two of the potential sources of your problem(s).
Once upon a time, counselling and therapy were all about the ways in which psycho-sexual development complicated the lives of individuals, causing ‘neuroses’. Then it became increasingly about the rewards and penalties that kept unhelpful human behaviours in place. Then came the “cognitive turn”, and it was concluded that human disturbances were caused by an individual’s individual thinking and beliefs. (Of course, in the background, at least 400 variants of counselling and therapy were building up their models).
But now the emotional revolution has hit the shore (helped by Dr Allan Schore, and Dr Daniel Siegel); and it is increasingly recognized that “the body keeps the score” (Dr Bessel van der Kolk); and what we eat can and will affect our emotions and behaviours (Dr David Perlmutter). And lack of sleep reduces your emotional intelligence (Dr Matthew Walker). And tension causes emotional overreactions (Dr Edmund Jacobson). And physical exercise may be the best cure for problems of anxiety! (Dr Robert Sapolsky). Counselling and therapy are in flux; and we are ahead of the wave!
What we offer is still “talk therapy”, or counselling, but we talk about the Whole You – and offer insights and advice about how to manage the Whole You – and not just your Mind! But we do teach a rich philosophy of life, derived from a range of sources ranging from moderate Zen Buddhism, through moderate Stoicism, to Positive Psychology.
If you want to see what people get from consulting us, please take a look at Dr Jim’s Unsolicited Client Testimonials.***
The importance of providing safety in counselling and therapy work: Bessel van der Kolk wrote this: “Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.”
(Book title: The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma)
A good attachment or affect regulation counsellor will provide you with a secure base; and a sense of safety.
Counselling for the whole person (body, brain, mind)
If you are looking for counselling help with problems of everyday living, then you have come to the right place. We have helped individuals and couples all over the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Singapore, Thailand, and elsewhere; with counselling, coaching and psychotherapy services.
We can help you if you are struggling with unpleasant emotions – like anger, anxiety, depression, shame – or difficult transitions (in jobs, relationships, life-stages); couple relationship problems, including conflict and unhappiness; or general unhappiness with your current situation at home or in the world of work.
We offer a unique counselling and coaching service, which integrates the best models of talk-therapy, life-history counselling (including early childhood trauma), life-style coaching (including diet, exercise, sleep, relaxation, stress, and time management); Attachment issues; Affect (or Emotion) regulation problems; personality adaptations (and personal functioning in the world); plus career issues, goals, habit change, health (including Covid-19 anxiety) and life coaching. We offer post-CBT counselling because the ABC model of CBT is too limited in its range of applications. (It ignores your body’s role in your emotional problems!)
We operate two separate divisions, with slightly different offerings, as follows:
One of my clients recently told me I am the most expensive counsellor in Yorkshire. Another told me I am the toughest counsellor in West Yorkshire. And a third told me “you are a genius, Jim!”
What I offer my clients is a unique fusion of counselling psychology; attachment theory; personality assessment; lifestyle counselling; life-history therapy; and life improvement strategies. This is a post-CBT system of counselling which is both deeper and broader than most conventional systems of counselling, psychotherapy and coaching. I help individuals (separately, or within couples) to understand themselves, their relationships and their surrounding environmental situations, so they can make better decisions about how to improve their lives. If you are not clear who you are, how you relate, and where (precisely) you are in the world, then your actions will be fruitless or counterproductive. Read more…
People generally consult me when they feel stuck in their life. They do not know how to move forward, and need some help finding a new path forward.
I offer my clients an integration of stress management counselling; life improvement coaching; health, wellbeing, sleep and relaxation counselling and coaching; plus personal development counselling… Read more…
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