Counselling via web-camera and Skype

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Updated on 25th November 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

To celebrate the ending of the Covid-19 restrictions (in the UK), and to take account of the current financial difficulties that you are likely to face, I am offering two reductions in my fees, for new clients who begin a  counselling relationship with me after the 12th August:

  1. The first change is that I am reducing the cost of my Enhanced Main Service from £300.00 to £180.00. (Therefore, for the next several weeks, you can get one round of my Enhanced Main Service – which consists of: two face to face meetings, plus 5 or 6 follow-up psycho-educational documents – for just £180.00). This represents a saving of £120.00 for each round of this service that you undertake.
  2. And the second reduction is that, when you complete two rounds of my Enhanced Main Service, you get the third round free. This represents a saving of a further £300.00.
  3. Therefore, if you complete three rounds of my Enhanced Main Service, then you will save £420.00 (for new clients, for the next fees weeks only).

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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 possibly up to six!), 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. Then, about one month later, we meet again, for a second meeting, and this is also followed by six or seven follow-up psycho-educational documents. (This is quite different from the usual structure of simple talk therapy. [But if you want Pure Talk Therapy, please click this link.***).

Here is the full description of that service…

My main service consists of…

Main Service (Enhanced in July 2021)

This enhanced service should cost £300.00, but for a few months I am making it available for just £180.00. This what you will get:

  1. I will ask you to complete two or three (or even five or six) assessment questionnaires (which assess your childhood experiences and your current lifestyle, etc.) I will analyze those questionnaire to learn what I can about the background to your current problem(s).
  2. I will then provide you with the first of two 45 to 60 minute meetings – over Skype or Zoom. This first meeting is also part of the assessment process, but usually involves some incidental elements of therapy.
  3. After our meeting, I will write up a Session Review Report, (which I will send to you, normally within 36-48 hours of our meeting), which will summarize my analysis of your problems, and list those resources (information and psycho-educational documents [1]) which I will send to you.
  4. My current practice is to send 5 or 6 or 7 documents, over a period of 28 days, fairly evenly spaced out, to allow time for you to read and digest each document before the next one arrives. (However, if you are the kind of person who does not learn easily from written texts, then please take a look at my Pure Talk Therapy service.***)
  5. At the end of the 28 days, we will have a follow-up counselling session to review what you have been learning.  The most likely agenda (with your agreement) for this second session will include such questions as these:
    1. Have you managed to solve some or all of your original problem?
    2. What outstanding questions or issues do you have?
    3. How do you now feel about your original problem?
    4. How can I help you to move further forward in your life? Etc.
    5. Or anything else you need to discuss.
  6. There will then be a further five or six psycho-educational documents sent to you after this second counselling session.
  7. If you still need more help to resolve your problem(s), at the end of this first round of my Enhanced Main Service, then you can repeat this Service, or opt for a single session of Pure Talk Therapy for just £120.00 (with no further assessments, and no follow up documents!)
  8. And if you pay for two rounds of my Enhanced Main Service, or my Pure Talk Therapy service, I am willing to offer you a third session for free.

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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 (with no reports or psycho-educational documents)
  • Or you can repeat my Enhanced Main Service several times, as required.

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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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