ABC Coaching and Counselling Services, in Hebden Bridge HX7 8HJ, near Halifax, West Yorkshire

And all over the world via Skype, email and the telephone system


We can help you with: Anger management counselling – Couples therapy – Lifestyle coaching – Confidence and self esteem – Stress management – Life goals and managing habits and behaviours – Attachment style – Emotional control (depression and anxiety)

Do you want to benefit from our coaching, counselling or psychotherapy services?

Would you like to feel better – less depressed, anxious or unhelpfully angry?

Would you like to have better relationships, at home, in work, in business, in college, etc.?

Do you feel under the weather, sad, depressed, or discouraged about the difficulties in your life?

We can help you to live ‘the Good Life’!

Contact one of us today:

1. Dr Jim Byrne

drjim-counsellor1Dr Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, and via the telephone system, Skype, and/or email exchanges.

If you need help with problems of anger, anxiety, depression, stress, self confidence, insecure attachment style in relationships, or couple conflict, then I can help you.

Email: drjwbyrne@gmail.com – Telephone: 01422 843 629 (or, from outside the UK, 44 1422 843 629.

Or take a look at my main web page: Dr Jim’s Counselling and Psychotherapy Division.


2. Renata Taylor-Byrne

renata-taylor-byrne-lifestyle-coachRenata Taylor-Byrne, BSc Psychology, Dip Stress Management, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, and via the telephone system.

I am a ‘people grower’.  A coach-counsellor. I help individuals to tackle those problems that keep them stuck in unhelpful places in their lives.  People come to see me with problems of stress, self confidence, goal setting and resilience in the face of life’s difficulties; plus self assertion and communication problems.  Sometimes they are struggling with depression or grief or sadness; or anxiety or panic.  I can help you.

Email: renata@abc-counselling.org. Telephone: 01422 843 629 (or, from outside the UK, 44 1422 843 629.

Or see my main web page: Renata’s Lifestyle Coaching and Counselling Division.


Front cover, 8Or take a look at The Books Division.***

For books on stress, holistic counselling;

writing therapy;

how to process and eliminate old traumas;

a critique of rational and cognitive therapy;

and much more besides.


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On counselling, coaching, psychotherapy, psychology, philosophy of psychotherapy, neuroscience, nutritional mental health, and many other related subjects.

In E-CENT counselling, we teach our clients to explore the stories they are living, which mainly come from their family of origin.  Even some novelists understand this process, as illustrated by Donna Tartt, writing about the family of Charlotte Cleve: “…the Cleves loved to recount among themselves even the minor events of their family history – repeating word for word, with stylized narrative and rhetorical interruptions, entire death-bed scenes, or marriage proposals that had occurred a hundred years before… … (T)hese family discussions were how the Cleves made sense of the world. Even the cruellest and most random disasters … were constantly rehearsed among them, her grandmother’s gentle voice and her mother’s stern one merging harmoniously with her grandfather’s baritone and the babble of her aunts, and certain ornamental bits, improvised by daring soloists, eagerly seized upon and elaborated by the chorus, until finally, by group effort, they arrived together at a single song which was then memorized, and sung by the entire company again and again, which slowly eroded memory and came to take the place of truth”.

Donna Tartt, 2003. The Little Friend, London: Bloomsbury. Pages 3-4. (-1)

Jim’s comments: In reality, every family follows something of this kind of pattern of story-creation, and the result is both helpful narratives (which help to guide us safely through life) and unhelpful, neurotic narratives.  But the family stories you can remember are not the dangerous ones.  The ones that do the most damage are wholly non-conscious (and false maps of the world); but these are responsible for controlling some of your most unhelpful emotions and behaviours!



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What is Emotive-Cognitive Embodied-Narrative Therapy (E-CENT)?

By Dr Jim Byrne

Copyright (c) 2009-2016, Jim Byrne

(Updated December 2017)

Posted here on 4th December 2017

This was one of the first things I wrote about Emotive-Cognitive embodied Narrative Therapy (E-CENT).  I wrote it to try to clarify how the various elements of E-CENT, which had emerged by 2009, fitted together.


In this 22 page paper, the author describes the nature of Emotive-Cognitive Embodied-Narrative Therapy (E-CENT).  He introduces some of the E-CENT models of the human mind; outlines the foundations of the basic theory of E-CENT counselling, by summarizing eight of the nineteen key features, or principles, which characterize this integrative system; lists a small number of the main models that are used to structure E-CENT counselling sessions; and ends by describing the E-CENT therapist’s style.

1. Introduction

The following quotation provides a concise flavour of the E-CENT approach to counselling and therapy:

“E-CENT sees humans as essentially (emotional) story tellers, to ourselves and others, and storytellers who live in a world of narratives and scripts, which include reasonable and unreasonable elements, logical and illogical elements, and defensible and indefensible elements.  Humans often tend to push away (or repress) unpleasant experiences, to fail to process them, and to then become the (unconscious) victims of those repressed, undigested experiences.  E-CENT also sees adult relationships as being the acting out of childhood experiences with parents and siblings, because some part of those earlier relationships have not been properly digested and completed”.

Extract from E-CENT Counselling: How to apply Emotive-Cognitive Embodied-Narrative Therapy in counselling and self-help, By Dr Jim Byrne.***

Emotive-Cognitive Embodied-Narrative Therapy (E-CENT) is a system of counselling and psychotherapy which helps clients to work on their brain-mind-body-and-relationships in order to reduce and control negative or painful emotions and behaviours, like anger, anxiety, depression, stress, self-confidence and couple conflict.

…For more, please click this link: What is E-CENT Counselling?***


What we are guided by:

Our counselling, coaching and psychotherapy work is informed by the following disciplines, insights and processes: Affect Regulation Theory (Daniel Hill and Allan Schore); Attachment theory (John Bowlby, Mary Ainsworth, Mary Main, Peter Fonagy, David Wallin); Assertive communication (Robert Bolton and Helen Hall Clinard); Behaviour modification (reinforcement theories); Cognitive psychology and cognitive science (Antonio Damasio, Douglas Hofstadter); Dietary insights and advice (Leslie Korn, Giulia Enders, Kelly Brogan, Patrick Holford); Emotive-cognitive therapy; Emotions first, cognitions second; Erhard Seminar Training insights; Exercise guidance; Food as the best medicine (alongside exercise and sleep); Freudian (or post-Freudian) insights into completion of experiences that were interrupted in childhood; Gestalt therapy (Fritz Perls; modern Chair-work); Healing relationship approaches; a tiny amount of Jungian insights into personality types; Kantian approaches to event/interpretation; Meditation (before and during counselling sessions, as appropriate); Narrative therapy approaches; aspects of Psychosynthesis; aspects of Psychoanalysis; Physical exercise advice and guidance; Radical acceptance of the person; Reasoning processes (critical thinking skills – but recognising that we are fundamentally emotional beings!); Re-parenting; Sensitive caring (re-parenting and befriending); Sleep promotion; Systematic desensitisation (for traumatic experiences); Trauma processing; Thinking skills (founded on emotional intelligence); Transactional Analysis; Verbal and non-verbal communication of affect-regulating capacities; Welcoming attitude; Yoga (and Tai Chi/Chi Kung) promotion for physical and mental health. And Zen meditation; and perhaps many other elements.


The E-CENT counselling and psychotherapy approach to understanding and managing human emotion

by Dr Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling, August 2016

This is a ten page extract from the forty page Chapter 5 of my new book, Holistic Counselling in Practice.  The chapter is titled: Understanding and Managing Human Emotions.

This is how it begins:

5.1: Introduction

Because counsellors and psychotherapists deal with their clients’ emotions – (as well as their behaviours, goals, relationships; plus their environmental stressors, and so on) – every system of counselling and therapy has to have a theory of emotion.

This, however, is a significant problem, for three reasons:

  1. Firstly: Human emotion is hugely complex. For example, Stephen Pinker, in his book on how the mind works, draws attention to a quotation from G.K. Chesterton about the unutterable complexityof human emotional tones and moods and shades, which begins like this: “Man knows that there are in the soul tints more bewildering, more numberless, and more nameless than the colours of an autumn forest”. (Page 367)[i]. Therefore, at the very least, we should show some humility in developing our systemic models of such complexity.
  2. Secondly: As one psychotherapist has pointed out: “The terms ‘feeling’ and ‘emotion’, and ‘affect’ are used in many different senses in psychology. A review of more than twenty theories of emotion reveals a plethora of widely diverging technical definitions. These vary with the technique of investigation, the general theoretical framework, and the value-judgements of the psychologist.  Often, they are so diverse as to defy comparison let alone synthesis”.[ii] So we are not going to arrive at a universal definition of emotion in this book; though we have to come to some working hypotheses, in the form of practical conclusions, which allow us to understand and help our clients.
  3. Third: There is a good deal of confusion regarding whether emotions are innate, or socially imposed; and whether they exist ‘inside the client’ or ‘outside’ in social relationships.

With regard to point 3, which is the most fundamental question we face, we should resolve that issue up front:

(a) In E-CENT counselling, we use the insight from Dylan Evans’ (2003) book on emotion, about ‘degrees of innateness or learned emotions’. This means that we accept the conclusion that some basic emotional wiring is innate, at birth.  However, those basic emotions (or feelings) are inevitably shaped by the culture of the mother (and father [normally]) into acceptable and unacceptable expressions of affect – or observable manifestations of feelings – over time. The main concepts we use are: …

…For more, please click this link: The E-CENT counselling and psychotherapy approach to understanding and managing human emotion


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ABC Coaching and Counselling Services, 27 Wood End, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8HJ, UK. Established since November 1998.

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

But if searching for us on Google Maps, try 27 Keighley Road.  (Because Google Maps messed up the mapping of this area!)

On the other hand, if you are using a Satnav system, sometimes 27 Wood End will find us, and sometimes 27 Keighley Road.  (Sorry it’s so complicated).

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

Or email us: Jim Byrne


Renata Taylor-Byrne


Counselling and coaching ethics: We operate according to a range of ethical codes – see our respective divisional pages for details.

We provide highly effective and highly rated coaching and counselling and psychotherapy services for adults aged 18 years and above.  We do not offer any services to children, nor to anyone below the age of eighteen years.  Neither do we publish anything that could be harmful to the interests and needs of children.


Our approach: We offer a system of post-CBT coaching, counselling and psychotherapy.  We have both moved on from REBT.  We combine various systems, such as: Transactional Analysis, Attachment theory, Affect regulation therapy, Person-centred counselling, Lifestyle coaching, the Skilled Helper approach, and many more.  We straddle all three of the major schools of psychotherapy.



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