Counselling via web-camera and Skype

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Updated on 4th July 2021

Counselling via web-camera and Skype/Zoom, in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, etc.

A unique psycho-educational process, with Dr Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling, and primary creator of Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy…

Based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, UK

This is a high quality/high cost service.  Indeed, one of my clients has said, and I quote: “You are the most expensive counsellor I have ever consulted”.  And another said: “Your service has far exceeded my expectations!” So, high cost – high quality!

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Welcome to my online counselling service

honetpieI’m Dr Jim Byrne, and I’ve been counselling individuals over the internet for more than twenty years. I have a doctoral degree in counselling, a masters degree in education, and a diploma in counselling psychology and psychotherapy. 

Over the past 22+ years, I’ve helped more than one thousand individuals with problems of depression, anxiety, anger, self-confidence, stress, couple conflict, relationship difficulties; attachment problems; and personality adjustments.

If you would like to consult me, to get help resolving one or more of your own problems, then my Online counselling service would work for you.  I meet my clients over Skype, or Zoom, or in my Psychology Today Online office.

Most of the people who consult me at the moment tend to have complex, multi-element problems which cannot be quickly or easily understood, explained or solved.  What is required is a detailed analysis of the situation – based on data collected via two or more questionnaires, and a face to face interview – followed by a good deal of reflection and solution-generation by me; which allows me to identify the knowledge- and skill-learning needs of the client. And that informs me about which written resources to send to the client after our Online/Skype conversation. (This is quite different from the usual structure of simple talk therapy. [But if you want Pure Talk Therapy, please click this link.***).

My main service consists of…

Assessment – meeting – follow up. Fee; GBP £180.00

But this is the full procedure:  I will begin by:

  1. Asking you to complete two or three assessment questionnaires;
  2. I will then Provide a 45 to 60 minute meeting, over Skype or Zoom, which is also part of the assessment process;
  3. Followed by a Session Review Report, (which I will write and send to you, normally within 36-48 hours of our meeting) which will summarize my analysis of your problem situation, and it will list those resources (informational and psycho-educational documents [1]) which I will send to you.
  4. My current practice is to send 5 or 6 documents over a period of 30 days, evenly spaced out, to allow time for you to read and digest each document before the next one arrives.
  5. At the end of the 30 days, if you want a second meeting, you can repeat this Main Service, or opt for a single session of Pure Talk Therapy for just GBP £120.00 (with no further assessments, and no follow up documents!)

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[1] Psycho-educational documents is a fancy way of saying I have written all kinds of Guidance Notes on various subjects for a broad range of clients over a period of more than twenty years; and I cherry pick those documents and send you the kinds of guidance notes that I consider to be exactly what you need to learn at this stage in your life course!

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If you would like to sign up for this service, then please email me – Dr Jim Byrne – with an outline of the problem or problems that you want to be able to resolve; and I will get back to you to make the necessary arrangements.

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I also offer two deeper analyses of your problems, on a one-off session basis…

One-off meeting and report services…

Some clients prefer a one-off meeting, followed by a single analytical/resourced report, in which I outline my understanding of the nature of their problem(s), combined with various suggestions for personal change and learning experiences that they need to complete in order to solve their problem(s). I include all necessary learning resources as appendices to my report.

I offer two levels of this service:

Level 1 – Brief Report: This involves meeting over the Internet, for a single 60 minute conversation or interview; preceded by the completion of at least one questionnaire by the client; and succeeded by the completion of at least two further questionnaires. I then dedicate two full days of my time to analyzing the client’s problem(s), and identifying solutions and supportive resources.  Then I write my report, including providing the necessary learning resources in the appendices; and send that report to my client as an email attachment.

The fee for this service is £350.00 GBP.

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Level 2 – Extensive Report: This service also involves meeting over the Internet, for a single 60 minute conversation or interview; preceded by the completion of at least two questionnaires by the client; and succeeded by the completion of at least three further questionnaires, as appropriate. I then dedicate five full days of my time to analyzing the client’s problem(s), and identifying solutions and supportive resources.  Then I write my report, including providing the necessary learning resources in the appendices; and I send that report to my client as an email attachment.

The fee for this service is £700.00 GBP.

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Telephone: 01422 843 629 (from inside the UK)

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

Email address: Doctor Jim Byrne.***

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For an illustration of the kinds of reports I’ve produced in the past, please see Sample Report Structures.***

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Here’s a recent client testimonial about Online/Skype counselling:

♣ “Dear Jim, I just had to write to thank you for your help with my stress problem, about my conflict at work problem.  My boss held a meeting of the team yesterday, and I was able to explain my role in recent difficulties, because I had taken your advice and wrote it all out in a journal, and analysed it until I understood the entire dynamic.  I was also well-exercised, and well-nourished, and I had drunk three glasses of water by the time the meeting began.  I also used the assertive communication phrases you taught me!  It went so well, I could not believe how different it felt.  And you have probably saved my career in the process!  Thanks for a really surprising and delighting outcome!”

K.I.M., Toronto, Canada. (Two sessions of Skype counselling for problems of conflict at work).

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After you have completed any of the above services, you may then want further support in the form of ongoing Internet conversations.  At that point, the cost of further Online/Skype counselling sessions will be as follows:

  • 45 minutes of follow-up Skype counselling: £120.00

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Please phone me or email me to discuss setting up an appointment.  I will pencil you into my diary.

Then I will send you an invoice, or you can pay your fee directly into my bank account. And when your fee arrives, I will ink in your appointment.

Telephone: 01422 843 629 (from inside the UK)

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

Email address: Doctor Jim Byrne.***

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WebcamAccording to the International Society for Mental Health Online, the advantages of ‘online counselling’ include:

“1. You may feel freer to be yourself online.

“2. You may feel more comfortable receiving coaching, counselling or therapy in the privacy of your home.

“8. You can contact your coach/counsellor by telephone, thus maximising ease of communication, but you do not have to present yourself in their office, or “look them in the eye”, which can be an advantage with problems that invoke a sense of embarrassment.

“9. There are more coaches/therapists to choose from online. And it is also possible to see them “face-to-face” by using video conferencing if you have a web camera.

“10. You can email your coach/therapist any time of day, and especially when you feel the need for help.

♣ “Thanks Jim.  I’m feeling better – much happier – because … I’ve made some of the dietary changes you recommended, I’m doing some physical exercise, and also I am working on the psychological exercises you recommended…”.

G.S., Prague, Czech Republic. (Two sessions of Skype counselling and one of email counselling, for depression and discouragement).

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Woman-on-Skype“12. While you can see your coach/counsellor over a webcam, you do not need to be concerned that you will bump into them on the streets of your hometown tomorrow! So there is greater anonymity.”

(For a list of some of the disadvantages of this form of counselling delivery, see the ISMHO guidelines, here: ISMHO guidelines).

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Good 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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For more information, or to pencil in an appointment, contact me today:

Dr Jim Byrne
Lifestyle Counsellor/Coach/Therapist

Email: Dr Jim Byrne

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Or phone me on:

01422 843 629 (from inside the UK); or

44 1422 843 629 (from outside the UK).

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My Skype name is: jimbyrne232

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♣ “Dear Jim, You are the best therapist I know. I find your thinking and your models to be better than anyone else’s. And I have great faith in your ability to help me to work through whatever problems come up in my life.  You have guided me out of some very dark times – sometimes as if you just waved a magic wand – and sometimes leading me, step by step, by the hand – and I have told all my friends over the years how much you helped me to overcome my depression and jealous rages.  You are one of the most compassionate and empathic people I know.  And one of the bravest.  You never allow your ego to get in the way. Over the past ten years, I have always felt you in the background of my life, on a daily basis, as a solid pillar of support – even when we went for months or years without any contact”.

L.C., Hong Kong (36 sessions of mixed contact, comprising telephone counselling, email counselling and Skype counselling, over a period of twelve years).

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Telephone: 44 1422 843 629 (from outside the UK); or 01422 843 629 (inside).

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Best wishes,

Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling, ABC Coaching and Counselling Services

Telephone: 44 1422 843 629 (from outside the UK); or 01422 843 629 (inside the UK).

Email: Dr Jim Byrne

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