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By Dr Jim Byrne

On these pages, I will present descriptions and video elaborations from the three main schools of thought: the cognitive-behavioural, the psychodynamic and the humanistic.

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counselling-session7Dr John McLeod described counselling like this: “Counselling is a wonderful twentieth-century invention.  We live in a complex, busy, changing world.  In this world, there are many different types of experience that are difficult for people to cope with.  Most of the time we get on with life, but sometimes we are stopped in our tracks by an event or situation that we do not, at that moment, have the resources to sort out”.  If we cannot find ways to sort this out in our family, with our friends, or with a priest or doctor, etc., then “Counselling is a really useful option at these moments”.  John McLeod, An Introduction to Counselling, 2003.

And here are a couple of quotes that I particularly like, and which indicate my own integrative counselling style:

Counsellors must be clear that early childhood experiences are powerful influences on the shape of our personality and our emotional functioning for the rest of our lives: “In my work as a clinical psychologist it has become increasingly clear to me that even though personality patterns may be based in genetic or innate conditions, they are shaped, to an equal degree, by our personal life and experiences, with childhood and early experiences as particularly crucial sources of influence”.

Susan Hart (2011) The Impact of Attachment.  New York: W.W. Norton and Company.  Page xi.  (61)

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counselling-theory-houghMultimodal and integrative approaches to (attachment) counselling are likely to prove more effective than those that emphasize one or other modality – thinking, feeling, acting, hearing, seeing, touching, or speaking
.  “More than a hundred years ago, Freud argued that the brain develops through experience, and that it may change as a result of psychotherapy; ever since, various approaches to psychotherapy (and counselling) have competed, each laying claim to being the most effective.  It would, however, be more productive to develop multimodal intervention forms based on principles that incorporate neurobiological growth, regulation, and integration”.

Susan Hart (2011) The Impact of Attachment.  New York: W.W. Norton and Company.  Page 312.  (66)

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Processing Client Stories in Counselling and Psychotherapy:

How to think about and analyze client narratives

Cover of eBookDr Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling

The Institute for E-CENT Publications – 2019

Copyright © Jim Byrne, 2019. All rights reserved.

Of all the systems of counselling and therapy, the main ones that pay attention to the body of the client include Gestalt Therapy, and my own system of Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy (or E-CENT for short).

In E-CENT counselling, when a client arrives to see us, we see a body-brain-mind-environment-whole enter our room.  We agree that this person will begin by telling us a story about their current difficulties; but we recognize that this story is affected, for better or worse, by the quality and duration of their recent sleep patterns; their diet (including caffeine, alcohol, sugary foods, and trans-fats in junk food); and whether or not they do regular physical exercise; and other bodily factors.

However, in this book, we will mainly focus upon the client’s story or narrative; and perhaps remind ourselves occasionally that this story is being told by a physical body-brain-mind which is dependent for optimal functioning upon such factors as diet, exercise, sleep, and so on. We will focus upon the question of the status of autobiographical narratives; and how to analyze the stories our clients tell us.

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BlueLogo13CIf you would like to experience the process of counselling with Dr Jim Byrne, then please see his range of services at The ABC Counselling and Psychotherapy Division.*** 

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On the other hand, you could consult Renata Taylor-Byrne, to sample her approach to counselling-coaching, which she calls Lifestyle Coaching.***

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Here is a basic video description of counselling which I prepared for my own potential clients about four years ago (in 2009).  It will be elaborated further as we proceed down this page.

A counsellor may also see a couple, especially a married or cohabiting couple, to help them with their relationship.  And some counsellors help whole families to work on their relationship problems.  See also my Couples Therapy page.

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attachment-and-relationshipsGood enough counsellors provide a healing relationship for their counselling clients: How can counselling relationships help the client to grow and have better relationships in the real world?  “In the world according to Bowlby, our lives, from the cradle to the grave, revolve around intimate attachments.  Although our stance toward such attachments is shaped most influentially by our first relationships, we are also malleable.  If our early involvements have been problematic, then subsequent relationships can offer second chances, perhaps affording us the potential to love, feel, and reflect with the freedom that flows from secure attachment.  (Counselling and) psychotherapy, at its best, provides just such a healing relationship”.

Dr David Wallin, Attachment in Psychotherapy, 2007, page 1 (3)

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Here are the details of Dr John McLeod’s wonderful book on counselling:

Book Review: An Introduction to Counselling, by Dr John McLeod 

IntroCounsMcLeod.jpgReview: (This) is a highly intelligent book which treats the reader as an intelligent inquirer. I have recommended the book to other professionals, such as lawyers, who deal with counsellors and counselling. I have put it on my reading lists in the post-graduate counselling degrees conducted at my University. At the same time, I have recommended it colleagues who boast years of experience.

McLeod covers mainstream approaches to counselling such as psychodynamic, person-centered, CBT, systemic, feminist and narrative. He recognises that conselling approches do not come from nowhere, but reflect specific socio-cultural context. His engaging accounts of these contexts and of the individuals who articulated approaches which grew from them, provide a solid base from which to consider each theoretical development. At the same time, McLeod is interested in what elements tie counselling together. What are the root metaphors used by most counsellors most of the time?

McLeod is also deeply interested in counselling as an ethical pursuit. He is concerned with the nature of social and interpersonal power and with the moral principles which should guide theory and practice. He covers research, supervision, training and skills acquisition, the politics of counselling and the nature of counselling organizations. He even ventures into predictive statments for the next fifty years.

This book is an impressive achievement. The amount of information and the breadth and depth of ideas is deceptive because each chapter reads so well.

I have been in the business for twenty five years. I couldn’t put it down!

Available from AmazonAn Introduction to Counselling, by Dr John McLeod 

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BlueLogo13CIf you would like to experience the process of counselling with Dr Jim Byrne, then please see his range of services at The ABC Counselling and Psychotherapy Division.*** 

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On the other hand, you could consult Renata Taylor-Byrne, to sample her approach to counselling-coaching, which she calls Lifestyle Coaching.***

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A counsellor reflects upon models of mind

Integrating the psychological models of Plato, Freud, Berne and Ellis

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Cover design by Will Sutton

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This book explores some significant ways of thinking about the nature of the human brain-mind. Every counsellor needs to think long and hard about their perceptions of their clients.  Are they based on ‘common sense’, or have they been subjected to the discipline of considering the theories of great minds that preceded us, like Plato, Freud, Berne and Ellis. (Ellis, of course, oversimplified the SOR model of mind into the simple ABC model, but he is still important because of his impact on the whole CBT theory, which currently dominates the field of counselling and therapy in the US, UK and elsewhere).  The author provides a stimulating review of several theories of mind.

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