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)

Dr Jim Byrne and Renata Taylor-Byrne offer you an exceptional form of counselling, coaching and psychotherapy – which we call Lifestyle Counselling/Coaching.

We can help you to identify a range of factors which might be undermining your happiness, physical health, emotional wellbeing, your relationships, your productivity and efficiency; your stress level, your emotional volatility, your creativity; and much more besides.

We can also teach you what to change about your Lifestyle, and also how to change it, in order to transform the quality of your life.

Our system works by re-thinking/re-feeling your problem issues; emotionally reprocessing past experiences; and developing better ways to manage your self and your life.


Dr Jim’s Counselling Division

Copyright (c) Jim Byrne, 6th March 2018


For couples therapy; relationship skills and attachment problems; anger management; stress management; habit building or habit change; confidence building; anxiety and panic problems; grief and depression; lifestyle coaching; assertiveness training; and general body-brain-mind integration…


Do not believe you have to suffer in silence!  Do not conclude that it is weakto ask for help!  No person is an island, complete unto themselves!

My name is Jim Byrne.  I am a doctor of counselling, in my twentieth year in private practice in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire; and all over the world via the telephone system and Skype, and/or email exchanges, etc.  I am a Fellow Member of the International Society of Professional Counsellors (FISPC).

I have helped more than one thousand individuals to overcome distressing problems of anger, anxiety, depression, stress, panic, traumatic experience, couple conflict, insecure attachment, and so on.

I do that work via conversation, which is warm and friendly, and helpful, and insightful, and exploratory, and designed to help you to straighten out your story in your head, and to straighten out your feelings in your heart and your guts.

I also give advice on how to manage your body-brain-mind, and your environment, for optimum functioning.

As indicated on the main homepage, we at ABC Coaching, practice the most up to the minute form of emotive-cognitive therapy and coaching.  It’s called Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy (E-CENT), and it integrates the best elements of all the pre-existing systems of counselling and therapy.  And it includes a strong focus upon lifestylefactors, like diet, exercise and sleep patterns.

I am regulated by the International Society of Professional Counsellors (ISPC), whose code of ethics I follow, and to whose complaints procedures I am subject.

In Hebden Bridge, I practice at my home, at 27 Wood End (just above the Nutclough Tavern, on the left hand side as you come up from Hebden Bridge).  On Google maps, we are wrongly listed as being 27 Keighley Road.

You can find more information about me, my fees and availability, By click this link: Dr Jim’s Counselling and Psychotherapy Division.***


Jim & Renata's logoABC Coaching and Counselling Services

If you would like further information, please email me at


Or phone me at 01422 843 629

Or take a look at my Telephone, Skype or Email Counselling Services***.


♣   Dr Jim’s Counselling and Psychotherapy Division

♦  Couples therapy in Hebden Bridge

♦  Anger management counselling

♦  Depression counselling

♦  Anxiety counselling

♦  Personal transformation

♦  Habits and change

♦  Telephone counselling, plus email and Skype

◊ Telephone counselling with Dr Jim

◊ Email Counselling

◊ Skype-and-webcam counselling

♦  Counselling supervision services

♦ Coaching for writers / authors and other creators…


Introduction to Renata Taylor-Byrne’s Lifestyle Coaching Division’s web pages…

Distinguishing ‘Life Coaching’ from ‘Lifestyle Coaching’

What is life coaching?

Here is a formal definition of life coaching from LifeCoaching.com:

“The coaching process addresses specific personal projects, business successes, general conditions and transitions in the client’s personal life, relationships or profession by examining what is going on right now, discovering what your obstacles or challenges might be, and choosing a course of action to make your life be what you want it to be.”


For more, please go to Life coaching Hebden Bridge.***


About me – a quick introduction

In my early life I was introduced to a range of eastern and western philosophies by my father, most notably from about the age of 14 years onwards; and I continued my curiosity about philosophies of life from that time onwards.  In my twenties I explored ideas of progressive education and art therapy, and trained as a teacher.  I then went on to teach a range of personal development courses in adult and further education contexts – including teaching, mentoring and coaching students on courses of study in assertive communication; stress management; confidence building; counselling skills; health and nutrition; and so on.

In my thirties and forties I studied Transactional Analysis and Rational therapy, plus the Skilled Helper model, created by Gerard Egan.

For more about me, please go to Life coaching Hebden Bridge.***


♣  Renata’s Lifestyle Coaching and Counselling Division

♦  Intro to Renata’s Coaching Division

♦   Stress management in Hebden Bridge

♦  Renata’s blog

♦  Private tuition in life skills


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

By Dr Jim Byrne

Copyright (c) 2009-2016, Jim Byrne

(Updated January 2016)

Posted here on 4th June 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.


ecent logos 3In 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.

E-CENT integrates elements of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), Transactional Analysis (TA), Attachment theory, moderate Zen Buddhist philosophy, moderate Stoicism, Gestalt therapy, moral philosophy, and some other cognitive, narrative and dynamic therapies. And E-CENT goes beyond those systems, to create some original emotive-cognitive techniques, models and perspectives.

…For more on E-CENT Counselling, please click this link: https://abc-counselling.org/what-is-e-cent-counselling/


Couples Therapy and Marriage Guidance in Hebden Bridge

By Dr Jim Byrne – Doctor of Counselling

July 2016 (Updated January 2018)



I have now been in private practice as a coach/ counsellor/ psychotherapist for more than nineteen years, in Hebden Bridge, near Halifax, West Yorkshire; and all over the world via the telephone and internet systems.

During that time, I’ve been pleased to help lots of couples with all kinds of marriage, relationship and communication problems. Here’s a little video introduction to the kinds of ideas that I teach to my clients in couple’s therapy:

Here are just three of the testimonials I’ve received from some of those couples:

♣ Email feedback: “Dear Jim, … PS: We consulted you by telephone a few years ago, for relationship conflict, involving a very serious rift … And we are now happily married with a nine month old child.  Your help was fantastic, and we still use the phrases and descriptions you used then.  In fact, we have a list of insights on a laminated poster on our living room wall, to keep us on the straight and narrow! We will always be grateful for those insights.”  S.W. (and P.W), Sheffield. (Six sessions of telephone counselling [using speaker phone] for couple conflict and relationship advice).


♣ Verbal feedback: “Every time we come to see you, our relationship gets better and better.  We did not expect this.  We have now reached a kind of comfortable plateau, and we don’t know if things will get any better.  But we have talked about it, and we don’t know what you said or what you did to help us to get to this much nicer place in our relationship”.

Dr. A.D, North Halifax, West Yorkshire. UK. (Five sessions of face to face couples therapy).


♣ Postcard (in an envelope!): “Hiya Jim, Thanks for everything you’ve done for me.  Without you and this (counselling) work, I wouldn’t be here now.  I would have killed myself weeks ago!”

P.C., Rochdale, Lancs. UK. (Six sessions of face-to-face counselling for anger, rage, attachment issues, couple conflict and suicidal intent).


Most systems of couples therapy are not very effective, for a variety of reasons.  But my approach has the advantage of being an educational process, in which the partners learn to be more loving, more caring, and much more skillful in the way they relate to each other.  This is novel and unique. I also outlaw any form of conflict in the therapy room.  Time is shared equally, and one partner works with me at a time, and the other one remains silent and respectful of their partner’s right to share their perspective and their perceptions. (Furthermore, as at January 2018, I now offer a new, revolutionary approach to reprogramming couples for happy relationships, based on radical new ideas in this field.  Please see Postscript 2, below).


My background

I earned that special talent by growing up in a loveless home, and learning about love the hard way later on.  I learned that special talent by going through marriage guidance with my own wife, back in the mid-1980s, and learning how to relate to her in more realistic, reasonable and loving ways.  I learned that special talent by studying some of the most potent and powerful approaches to couples therapy that have been developed on this planet so far. (And, in 2017, I have expanded my talent and skill in this area, by studying and applying a whole new approach to helping couples to reprogram their non-conscious goals for relationship, and what is called their Inner Couple Model! See Postscript 2 below).

Now I want to teach what I have learned to you!

Does this sound interesting to you?

If so, you can contact me today,

By email to drjwbyrne@gmail.com

Or by phoning 01422 843 629 (And If you are outside the UK, you can work with me over the telephone or Skype, or via email.  Call me on 44 1422 843 629 today!)



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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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