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ABC Coaching and Counselling Services – In Hebden Bridge – West Yorkshire – Near Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, Haworth and Holmfirth…

… And all over the world via Skype/ Zoom/ Webcam/ Telephone and Email counselling…

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Counselling for the whole person – (body, brain and mind). For individuals who want to be happier, healthier, more successful and (psychologically) wealthier…

Professional help from Dr Jim Byrne or Renata Taylor-Byrne

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Hello, and welcome to our website.

Let us introduce you to three staggering insights, which help to illustrate our approach to counselling:

  1. People who get enough sleep, of good quality (without drugs or alcohol!), every night, are found to be more emotionally intelligent than people who have inadequate sleep (with or without drugs and alcohol!)
  2. Individuals who eat junk foods (more than once or twice each week) – which are laden with sugars, salt and trans-fats – are more emotionally disturbable, and prone to physical illness, than individuals who eat primarily unprocessed wholefoods.
  3. Those people who exercise regularly are not just physically healthier, but also less anxious and/or depressed than those people who do inadequate amounts of physical exercise.

And those are just 3 of the 7 most prominent aspect of the Lifestyle Factors that we assess in our Lifestyle Counselling and Coaching process.

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Our emotive-cognitive embodied-narrative counselling approach

5, Talk therapy and habit changeOur counselling approach to helping you to optimize the quality of your life is very different from the more commonly known systems of Talk Therapy.  Of course, we are in the business of offering Talk Therapy (or, rather, a ‘Communicative Cure’), but not of the most common variety.  Most Talk Therapy involves talking about Thinking.  Or talking about Feelings. 

But our approach is Talk (and nonverbal communication) about the key factors that determine the quality and quantity of your life! And those factors are embedded in your lifestyle, your life history, and your current view of life’s possibilities.

Although we offer two different practitioners, (Jim Byrne and Renata Taylor-Byrne), who each use distinct processes, we do share the following common ground:

  1. Instead of spending weeks getting to the bottom of your problems, we offer you a quick and easy (though lengthy) questionnaire-based assessment of your lifestyle factors which could be impacting your current emotional, behavioural or relationship difficulties: (and/or your physical health).
  2. We quickly get down to the key factors that are most likely driving your problems, and help you to prioritize which factors to work at changing.
  3. We both offer help with changing those habits which are causing your current difficulties.
  4. We also help you to get control of your thoughts and feelings about your life’s difficulties.
  5. We are each committed to understanding and caring for you as a feeling person, with a personal history, including an (often) difficult childhood.
  6. We each teach a range of strategies for taking care of your body; your relationships; and your brain. (Imagine how difficult your life would become if you let your brain deteriorate?)
  7. We both provide written guidance and support in the form of follow-up informational (psycho-educational) handouts, after our conversational sessions.
  8. We are easily and flexibly available: You can consult us in Hebden Bridge; or over Skype/ Zoom or Telephone, or via Email Counselling. (See our individual profiles and contact details, next).

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Contact one of us today…

Dr-Jim-photo-cover002Dr Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling, with more than 22 years experience of helping more than 1,000 clients, with all kinds of problems, from anger and anxiety, to depression, stress and trauma; and including couples therapy; attachment problems; and personality adjustments.

Telephone: 01422 843 629

Email: Dr Jim’s email address

For more information, please go to Dr Jim’s Counselling and Psychotherapy Division.***

About Dr Jim Byrne

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Or: Contact Renata Taylor-Byrne

Nata-Lifestyle-coach8 (224x261)Renata Taylor-Byrne, Lifestyle counsellor, has more than thirty-five years experience of helping individuals with all kinds of personal and professional problems, including: stress management, confidence building, health coaching; diet, exercise, and sleep for physical and mental health; goal setting; habit change; self-assertive communication skills; public speaking; and general problem solving, including emotional problems, like anger, anxiety and depression.

Telephone: 01422 843 620

Email: Renata’s email address.***

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For more information, please go to Renata’s Counselling and Coaching Division.***

About Renata Taylor-Byrne

Or take a look at this page: Coping with anger, anxiety and trauma in the era of Covid-19…

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Counselling Specialisms

We offer counselling help with a broad range of problems and needs, across the following range of areas:

Anger management; anxiety counselling; assertiveness training; attachment problems; affect regulation theory; boosting immunity; calming down your nervous system; cancer support (as psychological first aid); career goal coaching; confidence building; chronic stress (management of); couples therapy; depression; emotional intelligence; emotional self-management; EMDR; exercise for physical and mental health; foods for physical and mental health; goal setting and achievement; habit change strategies; health coaching; interpersonal skills training; insomnia solutions; interpersonal communication skills; life coaching; marriage guidance; nutrition and physical and mental health; panic attacks; personality adaptations; problem solving (emotional and general); public performance anxiety coaching (including for interviews, stage appearances, presentations, etc.); relationship skills; rest and relaxation strategies; sleep science and insomnia; trauma processing; vitamins for physical and mental health; weight loss support; and many more besides.

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The benefits of this approach to counselling and talk therapy

The main benefits that our clients gain are as follows:

  1. They gain great clarity about the nature of their problems;
  2. They get insights into how to fix their problems;
  3. They get guidance and support with the process of changing habits; and/or healing their emotions; and/or straightening out their thinking; and/or improving their relationship and communication skills.
  4. They get elements of re-parenting; improvements in their feelings of attachment security; and modelling of an effective way to live a better life.
  5. And they get clarity about the most effective lifestyle to adopt for physical and mental health.

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The Problem

Of course, as always, there is a problem. But what is it?

According to Dr David Servan-Schreiber:

“People don’t want to change.

“Are we really ready to help ourselves? I remember a conversation with a fellow physician at a convention where I had presented data on the decline of dietary habits in the West since World War Two. I had insisted on the urgency of correcting these habits. ‘You may be right, David’, he said, ‘but people don’t want to change. It’s useless to tell them all that (lifestyle stuff).  All they want is to take a medication and forget about it’.”

(Anti-Cancer: A new way of life, Michael Joseph Books/Penguin imprint. Page 153).

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This grim insight is probably true of about 80% of people; with just 20% being willing to make some changes to their lives, when they realize that their current approach is not working.

This 80:20 split was proposed by Brian Tracy, an American personal development trainer, more than forty years ago. Tracy’s view was that the 80% were driven by “the psychology of failure”; while the 20% were driven by “the psychology of success”.

Briefly, the psychology of failure was defined as being lazy, greedy, ambitious (for effortless success!), selfish, ignorant and vain.

Responsibility and successAnd the psychology of success was said to include developing courage; integrity; creativity; taking responsibility for your life’; having clear purposes in life; concentration on what matters; and analysis of problems as they arise; and so on.

And taking responsibility – and dedication to reality – are two of the key strategies advocated by M. Scott Peck. This is the road less travelled.  Most people would rather “escape” through mind-numbing habits than to take responsibility for their own future.  That is why this approach is called the road less travelled!

People who are driven by the psychology of failure will not be interested in the services we offer.

Deciding to take responsibility for our lives

Although each individual is actually a social animal – shaped and conditioned by their family of origin; their school teachers; the mass media; and so on – we nevertheless can decide to take responsibility for managing ourselves and our lives.  That is to say, if somebody, or something, wakes us up to the reality of a crossroads junction we are facing in our lives, we can take conscious responsibility for choosing the road we will follow.  (If nobody or nothing wakes us up, we will continue to follow our non-conscious patterns and habits. And deciding to change our habits often proves to be very difficult; but not impossible. [See Part 6 of Taylor-Byrne and Byrne, 2017: on the subject of how to change any habit {in our book about nutrition and exercise effects upon emotions}]).

This process of waking up and taking responsibility means giving up operating ‘on automatic’ – giving up being a wholly non-conscious automaton.  It is not perfectly effortless, this process of taking conscious control. Remember how difficult it was to change anything as a result of a New Year’s Resolution. And the changing of habits is not perfectly achievable. Remember how often your New Year’s Resolutions failed!

Some proportion of those individuals who are driven by, or trying to get into, the psychology of success, may want to consult one of us for help with their current problems.

Contact one of us today…

Dr-Jim-photo-cover002Dr Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling, with more than 22 years experience of helping more than 1,000 clients, with all kinds of problems, from anger and anxiety, to depression, stress and trauma; and including couples therapy; attachment problems; and personality adjustments.

Telephone: 01422 843 629

Email: Dr Jim’s email address

For more information, please go to Dr Jim’s Counselling and Psychotherapy Division.***

About Dr Jim Byrne

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Or: Contact Renata Taylor-Byrne

Nata-Lifestyle-coach8 (224x261)Renata Taylor-Byrne, Lifestyle counsellor, has more than thirty-five years experience of helping individuals with all kinds of personal and professional problems, including: stress management, confidence building, health coaching; diet, exercise, and sleep for physical and mental health; goal setting; habit change; self-assertive communication skills; public speaking; and general problem solving, including emotional problems, like anger, anxiety and depression.

Telephone: 01422 843 620

Email: Renata’s email address.***

For more information, please go to Renata’s Counselling and Coaching Division.***

About Renata Taylor-Byrne

Or take a look at this page: Coping with anger, anxiety and trauma in the era of Covid-19…

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ABC Coaching and Counselling Services, 27 Wood End, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, UK. Telephone: 01422 843 629 (from inside the UK); and 44 1422 843 629 (from outside the UK).

Proprietors: Dr Jim Byrne and Renata Taylor-Byrne

All the material on this website is copyright (c) Jim Byrne and Renata Taylor-Byrne, 2021.

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We offer counselling, coaching and psychotherapy services to adults above the age of 21 years – (although in exceptional circumstances we have occasionally seen somebody over the age of 18 years; and very, very rarely Renata has taken on a high school pupil. But these are very rare exceptions. We do not offer any services to children).

We are both trained and accredited counselling and therapy professionals, with coaching, teaching and mentoring experience.

And we research and write books linked to personal development and self-help.

For self help book, please go to https://abc-bookstore.com

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Email: Dr Jim Byrne

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Email: Renata E. Taylor-Byrne

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For more, please go to Counsellors in Hebden Bridge.***

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