Counselling Hebden Bridge

Counselling and psychotherapy, in Hebden Bridge, near Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX7…


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


Jim Byrne, Dr of Counselling, does health coaching

Counselling for problem solving: “If you have a difficult problem with which you are wrestling; and you are doing that wrestling ‘in your head’, instead of on paper, then you will suffer enormously, and in vain.  You cannot solve significant problems through a process of introspection or rumination.  If you try to solve your problem on paper, you will have a much better chance of success.  But some problems require that you have your brain-mind engaged with the brain-mind of another person.  Problems of social-emotions, relationships, attachment issues, and many more, fit this category where you need another mind to help to jointly-regulate your mind. That is the great virtue of all forms of counselling and psychotherapy.  And, of course, the quality of the mind of the counsellor plays a huge part!”

Dr Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling and creator of Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy (E-CENT)



Updated on 27th February 2023

Counselling in Hebden Bridge…

For almost 25 years, individuals and couples have been consulting me for help with all kinds of problems of unhappiness, related to their thinking, feelings, behaviours and relationships (in the past and the present). Also with problems of attachment, trauma, personality maladaptation, anger management; anxiety and depression; and lifestyle problems.  And they write to me to tell me what they got from working with me.***


My Enhanced Main Counselling and Psychotherapy Service:

This Enhanced, Main Service was updated on 5th August 2022.  The main changes are a result of feedback from current clients, who wanted a reduction in the intensity of the “homework” component of this service. Here is the revised structure:

Formal assessment, counselling, report call-out1 – Formal assessment questionnaires – (Function: To collect relevant data about some potential sources of your current problem[s]. Normally between four and seven questionnaires will be sent by me to you, usually as email attachments; and I may ask some supplementary questions once I’ve seen your answers. The subject of each questionnaire is determined by the problem[s] you wish to address in our work together).

2 – A counselling meeting of up to sixty minutes (which is mainly more assessment, at our first meeting. [If you opt for a second meeting, then we get to do more therapy than assessment during the second meeting]);

3 – An analytical report. (This includes: what happened at our meeting; my observations, reflections and conclusions; plus my assessment of your questionnaire answers; plus a customized list of written materials which I will send, at fortnightly intervals, over a twelve or fourteen week period). I will send my analytical report to you within seven to ten days of our meeting. (When my analysis is particularly extensive [in terms of numbers of pages], which is not uncommon, I sometimes send it in two or three smaller chunks, over a period of several weeks!)

4 – My report (or the first instalment of my report) is followed by five or six informational documents (called psycho-educational [or bibliotherapy] handouts), which will teach you the knowledge and skills you need in order to begin to resolve the problem or problems we discussed in our meeting, [plus problems or developmental needs identified by the assessment questionnaires]. These documents will be sent to you at intervals of two weeks, over a twelve or fourteen week period).

Those four elements, above, are collectively called a “single package” of my Enhanced Main Service; and I normally recommend that you sign up for a “double package”, which involves repeating the above processes again – (at the end of the twelve or fourteen week period of the first package) – but with more time for therapy during our second meeting.

You can repeat this process as often as you need to. I estimate that close to 50% of people will only need a single package to resolve their most pressing problems. Some will require a double package. And some will need more than one double package, depending on the complexity and difficulty of their problems.

After the first one or two packages of my Main Service, you might want to switch to my (Almost) Pure Talk Therapy service, to keep your costs down; or because you have had enough documentary follow-up, and mainly want to talk about your thoughts, feelings, behaviours, and/or relationships.


Fees for my Enhanced Main Counselling Service

With effect from 1st February 2023, the following fees will apply:

– A single package will cost just £600.00 GBP; and:

– A double package will cost just £1,000.00 GBP – (if it is booked as a double package, and paid in advance; resulting in a saving of £200.00p GBP. (And a double package can be shared by a married or cohabiting couple who will get one meeting each, with individual reports and six follow-up documents each).


Postscript on 5th December 2022 – Payment by instalments

Updated on 1st February 2023

In view of the current economic climate, I am willing to split a single package into three elements, and to allow clients to pay for one element at a time, which amounts to a system of Payment by Instalments, as follows:

A single package, as defined above, can be broken down into the following three elements, and paid for over a three month period:

Element 1: Sending of questionnaires; receiving completed questionnaires; setting up the face-to-face (or Skype) counselling meeting; conducting the counselling meeting. Fee: £225.00 GBP, to be paid at least three days before I send the questionnaires.

Element 2: One month after our meeting, the second payment (of £225.00 GBP) is due. When that payment arrives: I spend several days crunching the data from the questionnaires, and summarizing what I learned from our meeting. I send that report. And two weeks later I will send Follow-up Document 1. And two weeks after that I will send Follow-up Document 2.

Element 3: Two months after our meeting, the third payment of £225.00 GBP is due. When that payment arrives: I authorize the release of the outstanding four documents – (Documents, 3, 4, 5 and 6) – which will be sent at fortnightly intervals, over a period of approximately two months. (The intervals can be increased to reduce the pressure of reading/studying on you).


Recent Counselling Client Testimonial

♣ “Hi Jim, I’m very grateful for your latest report, which is highly detailed and analytical, as always. The content about the (personal details about my relationship) is fascinating. I think your analysis is brilliant, and it sums up so much about my life that I could never have put into words. … Thanks again…”

M.H., Wigan, Lancs. (Three “single packages” of my main service, via the telephone; followed by detailed reports).


If you wish to sign up for this service, please email Dr Jim’s email address

Or telephone Jim on 01422 843 629 (from inside the UK)

Or 44 1422 843 629 (from outside the UK).


My (Almost) Pure Talk Therapy Service

Pure talk therapy with dr of counsellingThis service was designed for individuals who believe they do not learn well from written materials, and/or who prefer verbal communication:

1 – First, I ask you to complete a maximum of two questionnaires;

2 – Then we meet for a sixty minute counselling session, face-to-face in Hebden Bridge; or via Skype or the telephone system.

3 – I sometimes send a very brief report after our meeting (if I feel compelled to do so, for the sake of the client’s needs); and I sometimes send a document or two with relevant information (but by no means always!) When I do send such documents, they normally refer back to the results of the assessment questionnaires, and include insights into the client’s personality and lifestyle self-management.

4 – End of the (almost) pure talk therapy process.

Some of my talk therapy clients have attended for one or two sessions; but some have been consulting me for more than five years!


Fees for my Almost Pure Talk Therapy service

With effect from 1st February 2023, the fee for a single session of this service will be just £300.00 GBP.

If you pay in advance for two sessions the combined cost will be just £500.00 GBP – which is a saving of £100.00 GBP.

Once you’ve completed your first two single sessions – or one double session – of Almost Pure Talk Therapy, the session fee will reduce to £200.00. (And at this point, if you book two sessions in advance, the total fee for those two sessions will fall to £300.00 GBP which is an additional saving of £100.00)


Postscript: I do not offer Payment by Instalments for (Almost) Pure Talk Therapy.



To consult me, please email me – Dr Jim Byrne:

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Or phone me on 01422 843629 (from inside the UK)

Or on 44 1422 843 629 (from outside the UK)



Dr Jim, Oct 2019Hello, My name is Jim Byrne.

I am a doctor of counselling, in my twenty-fifth ear in private practice in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire; and all over the world via the telephone system and Skype, and/or email exchanges.

I am a Fellow Member of the International Society of Professional Counsellors (FISPC).

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

And one of my clients recently wrote to say:

“You hve been one of the most inspiring and influential people in my life so far. You have guided me through some very rought patches, and I will always be very grateful for your attention, care and guidance”.


My expertise is based on my more than twenty-four years of counselling and therapy experience with more than 1200 clients who had all manner of problems – plus my professional training at the University of Manchester – and the research and application that went into writing more than twenty-five books.***  Plus my own lifelong journey from the emotional misery of a loveless family of origin, to the sense of being a complete, happy and healed person, who is at peace with the world, and enjoying every moment of every day in happiness, health and personal success; and secure attachment to my wife of more than forty years (Renata).


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I do my work with clients through 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. Plus the provision of high-quality analytical reports, and documentary follow-ups. (My Enhanced Main Service depends a lot on documentary information and educational materials, and so they are ideal for individuals who learn well from reading [and reflective writing]. But if you prefer not to go down that route, then please take a look at my (Almost) Pure Talk Therapy page***.)

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

As indicated elsewhere on this site, we at ABC Counselling and Psychotherapy Services, practice the most up to the minute form of emotive-cognitive therapy.  It’s called Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy (E-CENT), and it integrates the best elements of many of the pre-existing systems of counselling and therapy, (while excluding the obviously negative elements!)  And it includes a strong focus upon lifestyle factors, like diet, exercise, relaxation and sleep patterns.

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


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Blue logo Dr Jim ByrneIf you would like further information, please email me at

Dr Jim Byrne’s email address

Or phone me at 01422 843 629 (inside the UK)

Or on 44 1422 843 629 (from outside the UK)

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


Further information:

About Dr Jim’s background education and experience.***

Unsolicited client testimonials.***

Dr Jim’s accreditation and ethics codes.***

Couples therapy service.***

Anger management counselling, coaching and therapy***

Counselling via telephone, email and Skype***

Habits and change***

Dr Jim’s counselling supervision service***

Schedule of fees: As above…

Books by Dr Jim Byrne and Renata Taylor-Byrne***


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