Counselling via web-camera and Skype

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

With Dr Jim Byrne

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.

In that time, 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.

Many of those individuals consulted me via Skype; and many others consulted me exclusively by email, or sometimes by a combination of email counselling and telephone counselling; or face to face.

Would you like me to help you with your current problems?

During the COVID-19 crisis, I will not be available for face-to-face meetings! But I will be available for Skype, telephone and email counselling.  My Skype counselling service is as follows:

I offer three levels of Skype/webcam counselling, which vary in cost:

– my mini-service;

– median service;

– and my maxi– or premium-service.

Here are the details:

Mini skype service 45 mins– Mini-service: This service involves…

…completing at least one questionnaire;

…followed by an online meeting, for forty-five minutes, using Skype and a web camera, to discuss your current problem(s), and to try to identify some kind of solution or way forward.

…followed by my sending you at least two educational or information handouts containing advice and guidance on how to move forward with your particular problem(s).

Our conversation will be guided by your understanding of your problem(s) and my theory of Emotive-Cognitive-Embodied Narrative Therapy (E-CENT), which considers that all of your problems are related to your whole body-brain-mind, and its links to your current environment, and your childhood environment.

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I take into account: personality adaptations (in childhood); attachment styles (in childhood and now); life script; diet; exercise; self-talk (or inner dialogue/philosophy of life); passive, aggressive and/or assertive behaviours; regular sleep pattern; plus your communication style, and conflict management approach; and much more besides.

At the end of our meeting I will send you a couple of informational handouts to help with the problem(s) we have discussed.

The fee for this service is £180.00 per 45 minute session.

cropped-abc-coaching-counselling-charles-2019.jpgPlease phone me or email me to discuss setting up an appointment.  I will pencil you into my diary.

Then I will send you and invoice for £180.00, 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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60 mins Skype counselling– Median service:  This service involves a similar online meeting, but for 60 minutes. And, in addition, I will ask you to complete a couple of assessment questionnaires, so that I have a good understanding of ‘who you are’ and ‘where you are situated’ in your life.

This will help me to fine-tune my approach to communicating with you during our conversation, and also help me to understand your presenting problem in the light of how you tend to behave in your interpersonal world.

During this meeting, we will discuss your most important current problem(s), and explore potential solutions. And, at the end of our meeting, I will spend a day or two reflecting upon all that data I’ve collected from you; and I will then send you a file note report to help you resolve the problem(s) we have discussed. (For sample File Note Reports, please click this link.***) >>>

The fee for this service is £250.00 for a complete package, including a 60 minute Skype session; the assessment questionnaires; plus the digestion of all the resulting data, and the wring of a file note report over a period of a one to two days.Counselling client on skype

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

Then I will send you and invoice for £250.00, 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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Maxi skype counselling service– Maxi- or Primary-service: This service has three elements:

The first element of the maxi-service involves you in completing a number of assessments: (personality adaptations; attachment style; a lifestyle factors questionnaire; conflict styles; and perhaps one or two others, depending on your presenting problem).

The second element involves an online meeting for 60 minutes to discuss your presenting problem, in the context of your assessment results. This is an opportunity for me to collect some extra information about your problematical situation.Maxi-service Report Cover

And the third element involves me in spending three or four days (and sometimes a lot longer!) digesting what I have learned from our meeting, and from your assessment results; then drafting a substantial report summarizing my findings; and then sending you a report containing my insights, and action recommendations, designed to move your life forward in a positive direction.

The total cost of this service is £600.00 – which includes the cost of at least three or four days of analysis, reflection and report writing.

Please phone me or email me to discuss setting up an appointment.  I will pencil you into my diary for our agreed day and date of meeting.

Then I will send you an invoice for £600.00, or you can pay your fee directly into my bank account. And when your fee arrives, I will ink in your appointment.

On the appointed day of our meeting, please Skype me on jimbyrne232 (my Skype name).

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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 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 – Mini, Median or Maxi/Premium – you may then want further support in the form of ongoing Skype conversations.  At that point, the cost of further Skype counselling sessions will be as follows:

  • 30 minutes of follow-up Skype counselling: £120.00
  • 45 minutes of follow-up Skype counselling: £180.00
  • 60 minutes of follow up Skype counseling: £240.00

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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: drjwbyrne@gmail.com

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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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My Skype name is: jimbyrne232

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Best wishes,

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