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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


Here’s a free counselling intervention for you, to promote your happiness

You don’t need ‘big bucks’ or lottery wins, or great career promotions, or fancy foreign holidays in order to be optimally happy. According to Nassim Nicholas Taleb:

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable“As a matter of fact, your happiness depends far more on the number of instances of positive feelings… than on their intensity when they hit. In other words, good news is good news first; how good matters rather little. So to have a pleasant life, you should spread these small ‘affects’ (or pleasant feelings) across time as evenly as possible. Plenty of mildly good news is preferable to one single lump of great news”.  (Page 91, The Black Swan: The impact of the highly improbable).

And what we (Jim and Renata) have discovered about identifying lots of little positives each day is this: Keep a Gratitude Journal, and write every morning and evening, three things you can be grateful for in your life.  (Don’t forget to include: The roof over your head; the food in the kitchen; the bed for tonight; the people you can greet; the little treats, like a warm cup of tea; and so on!)


Counselling for the whole person (body, brain, mind)

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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.

Jim Byrne and Renata Taylor-Byrne, counsellors hebden bridge

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!)


ABC Counselling Coaching Logo Hebden BridgeHello and welcome to the website of Jim Byrne and Renata Taylor-Byrne, in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, and all over the world via the internet, phone and email.

We are independent researchers and counsellors, driven by curiosity and a zest for life, to seek out those ways of living that optimize physical and mental health, happy relationships, and meaningful lives, at home and in work.

The four most important domains of our work with our counselling and coaching clients are:

  1. Life-history exploration, and the links to current problems;
  2. Life-style factors that affect current physical and mental health (including diet, exercise, sleep, relaxation, and so on);
  3. Current stressors – the kinds of pressures that damage physical and mental health; and:
  4. Philosophy of life. (If you have a false or inadequate map of life, you will get lost, for sure!)

We operate two separate divisions, with slightly different offerings, as follows:


Dr-Jim-photo-cover002About Dr Jim Byrne’s Counselling and Psychotherapy services; plus his background education, training, qualifications, registrations and ethics codes.***

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…



Nata-Lifestyle-coach8About Renata Taylor-Byrne’s Counselling and Coaching services; plus her background education, training, qualifications, registrations and ethics codes.***

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…



ABC Bookstore Maximal Charles 2019We also research, write and publish books on self-help, personal development, and counselling-related topics.*** And we are currently operating a Big Bargain Book Sale, with up to 70% off most book prices. Read more…



Counselling, to be effective, has to be flexible, multi-modal, and creative

Jim Byrne and Renata Taylor-Byrne

29th November 2020


couple talking with therapist
Photo by Polina Zimmerman on Pexels.com

There are more than 400 different schools of thought in counselling and psychotherapy.  And the world has moved on beyond CBT and Rational Therapy (REBT). Recent innovations, driven by neuroscience and attachment theory, include Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) and Affect Regulation therapy (developed by Dr Allan Schore).

We also know that a well fed and well rested individual will have greater emotional intelligence than a person who eats junk food, lives in a stressed environment, and gets inadequate sleep.

All systems of counselling and psychotherapy must now take the body-brain-mind of the client into account.  And our system of counselling is the most comprehensive system so far developed.

…Read more…


About Dr Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling

Background information, education, etc.

Updated on 19th November 2020


I have a doctoral degree in counselling (DCoun) from the University of Manchester, UK (2002-2009).  A master’s degree in education (MA(Ed)) from the Open University, UK (1991-1994). And a diploma in counselling psychology and psychotherapy (DipCPPsych-Rus) from Rusland College, Bath, UK (2001-2003).

I am an accredited Fellow of the International Society of Professional Counsellors; and a member of Counselling (CCC-Reg).

(I also have two certificates in Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (RE&CBT), from the Albert Ellis Institute, NYC, with the University of Birmingham (November 2005); and the old Institute for REBT, in Bristol, UK (November 1999) – though I no longer practice anything like CBT/REBT.)

Instead, I practice an emotive-cognitive-narrative system of counselling which integrates the best and most useful elements of the fifteen or so systems I have studied, including minor fragments of CBT; combined with lots of Attachment theory, Affect regulation theory, Object relations theory, Personality Adaptations theory, Person-centered counselling, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt therapy, and many others.  (My system is called Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy, or E-CENT counselling for short.  What is E-CENT counselling?***)  E-CENT counselling also incorporates insights into the body-brain-mind link (including the importance of diet, exercise, sleep, relaxation, and so on).  So we deal with the whole client, and not just with their ‘mind’.

…Read more…


About Renata Taylor-Byrne – Lifestyle Coach/Counsellor


Hello, and welcome to this page about my background experience and qualifications. My name is Renata Taylor-Byrne, and I am a qualified and accredited coach/counsellor.

My main specialism is Lifestyle Coaching, whereby I help individuals to clarify the goals they have in life, how they can best achieve them, and check that their lifestyle habits are supporting them in creating a great life for themselves.

Together we look at any areas or parts of someone’s life, which may not be working. We look at their most important well-being protectors: their nutrition, amount of sleep each night, sleep hygiene, how they manage their stress. Plus the support and security they have in their personal and work relationships, and their self-confidence.  We clarify the client’s personal and professional goal-setting.

I also offer some specific sub-divisions of lifestyle coaching, including:

For the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, I will be offering Telephone Counselling/ Coaching, plus Email Counselling/Coaching, but not face-to-face services; unless you have a Covid-secure meeting room in Hebden Bridge.

Please take a look at my…

…Telephone counselling/coaching service.***


Or my…

…Email counselling/coaching service.***


…Read more…


Telephone Counselling and Coaching

For emotional, behavioural and relationship problems

With Jim Byrne
OR –
Or Renata Taylor-Byrne


Hello and welcome,

We are a well-established counselling, coaching and psychotherapy service (since 1998), based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, UK.

We offer telephone counselling in the UK, Ireland, Canada, the US (apart from California), Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, and for English-speakers everywhere.

…Read more…


Counselling via web-camera and Skype, in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, etc.

With Dr Jim Byrne

Welcome to my online counselling service

In that time, I’ve helped hundreds of individuals with problems of depression, anxiety, anger, self-confidence, stress and couple conflict.

Many of those individuals consulted me via Skype; and many others consulted me exclusively by email, or sometimes by a combination of email counselling and telephone counselling.

Would you like me to help you with your current problems?

During the COVID-19 crisis, I will not be available for face-to-face meetings! But I will be available for Skype, telephone and email counselling.  My Skype counselling service is as follows:

I offer three levels of Skype/webcam counselling, which vary in cost:

– my mini-service;

– median service;

– and my maxi-service:

…Read more…


Email Counselling  for Problem Solving, Decision Making and Personal Therapy

With Dr Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling

A form of supported writing therapy 

Welcome to my Email Counselling and Therapy Service

Over the past twenty-two years, I’ve helped more than one-thousand individuals with problems of anger management, stress management, confidence and self-esteem building, anxiety control, depression reduction, plus couple counselling and marriage guidance. Many of those individuals needed help with attachment issues, personality adaptations, life transitions, goals and habits; and various other issues and problems.

Most of my email counselling clients come from the UK, Ireland, Canada, the US, Australia, or are English speakers from other parts of the globe (including Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Singapore, etc.)

Email counselling is surprisingly effective – but only if you are…

…Read more…


Couples therapy and relationship counselling, coaching and psychotherapy all over the world via the telephone, or Skype/webcam

“This service is a unique innovation in the field of couples therapy and marriage guidance”.


Updated on 24th December 2020

“If you think couples therapy is expensive, you should check out the cost (financially and emotionally) of a divorce!”

Dr Jim Byrne

Update: 24th December 2020: For the duration of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis (which is getting worse at the moment!), I will be available for Telephone Counselling and Skype Counselling. But I will not be available for face-to-face counselling.



If you are looking for help with your couple relationship, then I can help you.

I have also written two books on Couple Relationships, based on my research and practice.

I currently work with clients (individuals and couples) all over the world, via the telephone system and Skype/ webcam.

…Read more…


What does it mean to “counsel the whole person”?


Information about Dr Jim Byrne:


Information about Renata Taylor-Byrne:


Telephone counselling where you are:


Online counselling (using Skype and webcam):


Email counselling – a form of guided writing therapy:


Couples therapy, marriage guidance, and relationship counselling:


Anger Management counselling:


Psychological First Aid, for Covid-19 trauma:


Counselling books and self-help books:


What is counselling?


What is Emotive-Cognitive counselling and psychotherapy?


Counselling clients praise Jim Byrne’s work:


How to manage your life for better physical and mental health outcomes:


Coaching for sleep problems, including insomnia:


How to get control of your emotions:


How securely attached are you? Attachment theory intro:


Transactional Analysis (TA) theory:


Book publishers in Hebden Bridge:


Site Map:



We operate two separate divisions, with slightly different offerings, as follows:

Dr-Jim-photo-cover002About Dr Jim Byrne’s Counselling and Psychotherapy services; plus his background education, training, qualifications, registrations and ethics codes.*** With effect from 15th September my fees have been increased to a post-lockdown rate.***



Nata-Lifestyle-coach8About Renata Taylor-Byrne’s Counselling and Coaching services; plus her background education, training, qualifications, registrations and ethics codes.***



ABC Bookstore Maximal Charles 2019We also research, write and edit books on self-help, personal development, and counselling-related topics.*** And we are currently operating a Big Bargain Book Sale, with up to 70% off most book prices.



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Our official address is this: 27 Wood End, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8HJ, UK. (And always include the postcode).

But if you are searching for us on Google maps, and some other maps and satnav systems, it might be best to use: 27 Keighley Road, HX7 8HJ.

The reason for the current confusion about the location of our base is that most mapping systems have mismanaged the mapping of this area! (To be fair, it’s not an easy area to map!)

To download a set of directions for finding us, please click on the following link:

Directions to ABC Coaching and Counselling Services.***


If you want to write to us, then please use our official address, as used by the Post Office: 27 Wood End, Keighley Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8HJ, West Yorkshire, UK.


For further information, please:

Telephone: 01422 843 629 (UK): 44 1422 843 629 (from outside the UK)

Or email us: Jim Byrne


Renata Taylor-Byrne


We follow a set of ethical codes which are described on our personal pages.  We help adults only, aged above 18 years, and preferably above 21 years of age.  We do not do any work with children.


To find us on Google Maps, use this location: 27 Keighley Road, HX7 8HJ


We also sell books, on our dedicated website at ABC Bookstore Online.***


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