Counselling, coaching and psychotherapy in Hebden Bridge
Dr Jim’s Counselling Division
Copyright (c) Jim Byrne, 21st November 2016
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…
If you are looking for help with problems of strong, negative emotions, or difficult life circumstances, then I can help.
My name if 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 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.
I am regulated by the International Society of Professional Counsellors, 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, below the video clip which follows.
If you would like further information, please email me at
Or phone me at 01422 843 629
Or take a look at my Online Counselling Services.
What is counselling and therapy like?
If you have never experienced counselling and therapy, then it is difficult to grasp what it is about. To try to help you to understand the essence of the process, I would like to quote a few paragraphs from a book on Personal Psychotherapy, by Peter Lomas:
“In what is called ‘individual psychotherapy’, two people meet and talk to each other with the intention and hope that one will learn to live more fruitfully. In spite of significant variations, this, in general, is the form it takes. How can such a thing happen? How can one person help the being of another?
“Firstly, and most obviously, someone may be expected to help by means of his (or her) wisdom, love, sympathy, strength of character, and whatever simple virtues that will avail in his (or her) efforts to bring succour to the one in distress.
“Secondly, a person may help by measures which are out of the ordinary: … by the use of techniques which, under the influence of the scientific tradition, have been gathered together by specialists into various theoretical frameworks and methods of working…”
“…I am using the word ‘technique’ in this context to denote that form of behaviour towards another person which derives from a special body of theory…”
“Firstly, if we are to search for a paradigm (or model – JWB) for our work, we should look to that of friendship rather than the application of scientific theory.
“Secondly, the commonplace attitudes which are relevant to healing lie in the direction of warmth rather than coldness, trust rather than cynicism, closeness rather than distance, encouragement rather than discouragement, spontaneity rather than calculation…”
“I am not alone in openly stating that the therapist’s love for his (or her) (client) often plays a significant part in healing and may even be the crucial factor”.
Extracted from page 5, 6 and 7 of The Case for a Personal Psychotherapy, by Peter Lomas, Oxford University Press, 1981.
In addition, I (Jim Byrne) would add that the qualities of the client are at least as important as the qualities of the therapist, in the sense that ‘good clients’ normally get more from counselling and therapy than ‘less good clients’.
And, I want to clarify that I may have to set up strong ‘father boundaries’ some some of my clients, some of the time. And I may use all kinds of models from psychology, psychotherapy, moral philosophy, and so on. And I may attempt to teach my clients how to manage their body-brain-mind more effectively, by learning about the links between diet, exercise, sleep, attitudes/values/beliefs, emotional intelligence, thinking skills, relationship skills, communication skills, meditation, and so on – and how those lifestyle factors relate to moods and emotions in the present moment.