Couples Therapy Hebden Bridge

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Couples therapy and relationship counselling, coaching and psychotherapy all over the world via the telephone, email and Skype 

“This service is a unique innovation in the field of couples therapy and marriage guidance”.

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Updated on 11th April 2020

“If you think couples therapy is expensive, you should check out the cost (financially and emotionally) of a divorce!”

Dr Jim Byrne

Update: 11th April 2020: For the duration of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, I will be available for Telephone Counselling and Skype Counselling. But I will not be available for face-to-face counselling

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Hello,

If you are looking for help with your couple relationship, then I can help you.

Dr Jim's office2My name is Jim Byrne, and I have more than twenty-one years’ successful experience of helping people with couples’ therapy.  I have  a doctoral degree in counselling, from the University of Manchester, and I am a fellow member of the International Society of Professional Counselors (FISPC).

I see clients in Hebden Bridge, most often; though I have helped some couples over the telephone and Skype from various parts of the world.

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♣ “Dear Jim, Last Christmas I thought my marriage (to ‘Len’ [not his real name!]) was over.  … But, with your help, we’ve managed to rediscover the love we always had for each other, over many, many years, up to recently.  … It’s like going back in time, to happier days of love.  I am happier now than at any time in the past four years of strife”.

M.T., Howarth, West Yorkshire. (Four sessions of couples’ therapy for problems of relationship conflict and a drift towards separation).

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I offer three levels of service for couples, with two sub-divisions within each , as follows:

– Mini-service ‘A’ (30 minutes): For one partner:

Telephone counselling image for mini-serviceThis service involves 30 minutes of Telephone or Skype/webcam counselling, for one individual, about your marital or couple relationship problem(s). Some couples have used this service by attending alternate sessions, and then switching to Mini-service ‘B’ for a joint session.  Woman-on-Skype

You can contact me via phone or Skype to discuss your thoughts and feelings about the current state of your marriage or couple relationship. I will help you to clarify your thinking, feelings and your options for action.  After a session, I might sometimes send a ‘homework assignment’ – which involves some reading material for you on the key area of difficulty that we discussed. ( Fee: £60.00 per 30 minute session)

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– Mini-service ‘B’ (60 minutes): For both partners:

Telephone counselling image for mini-serviceThis service involves 60 minutes of Telephone or Skype/webcam counselling, and both partners ‘attend’ together. Some former clients have used a hands-free telephone landline; others have sat side by side in front of a web-camera, and communicated via Skype. Woman-on-Skype

It is also possible for both partners to connect to me via Skype, from different computer terminals (or mobile phone handsets).  I share the time equally, by using a timer, and I work with one partner at a time, while the other partner listens and (if necessary) makes notes. After a session, I might sometimes send a ‘homework assignment’ – which involves some reading material for both partners, on the key area(s) of difficulty that we discussed. (Fee £120.00 per 60 minute session)

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– Median service ‘A’ (45 minutes) : For one partner:

Telephone counselling image for median serviceThis service involves 45 minutes of Telephone or Skype/webcam counselling, for one individual, about your marital or couple relationship problem(s). I will also ask you to complete a personality assessment questionnaire, so I understand something of how you are likely to relate to your partner. Telephone counselling client

Some couples have used this service by having partner A attend the first session; partner B attend the second session; and then switching to Mini-service ‘B’ (below) for a joint session.

You can contact me via phone or Skype to discuss your thoughts and feelings about the current state of your marriage or couple relationship. I will help you to clarify your thinking, feelings and your options for action.  After a session, I might sometimes send a ‘homework assignment’ – which involves some reading material for you on the key area of difficulty that we discussed. (£90.00 per 45 minute session).

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– Median service ‘B’ (90 minutes) : For both partners:

Telephone counselling image for median serviceThis service involves 90 minutes of Telephone or Skype/webcam counselling, for both partners to ‘attend’ together. I will also ask each of you to complete a personality assessment questionnaire, so I understand something of how you are likely to relate to each other. Telephone counselling client

Some have used a hands-free telephone landline; others have sat side by side in from of a web-camera, and communicated via Skype. It is also possible for both partners to connect to me via Skype, from different computer terminals (or mobile phone handsets).  I share the time equally between both partners, by using a timer, and I work with one partner at a time, while the other partner listens and (if necessary) makes notes. After a session, I might sometimes send a ‘homework assignment’ – which involves some reading material for both you on the key area(s) of difficulty that we discussed. Fee £180.00 per 90 minute session).

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– Maxi-service ‘A’ – (A 45 minute meeting; assessment questionnaires; and a substantial report): For one partner:

This service involves one partner only. There are three elements, as follows:Man on phone

  1. I will ask you to complete three or four pre-meeting assessment questionnaires;
  2. I will meet with you for 45 minutes. The purpose of this meeting is to collect more information about the problems you are encountering in your couple relationship; and:
  3. I will then write a substantial, post-meeting report, which digests your assessments, and also what I learned about you from our face-to-face meeting. Maxi skype imageThis reports will contain a few of the most important insights and action suggestions that will help you to take your relationship forward in a positive direction.

(The total cost of this service is £280.00 – which includes the cost of up to two days of report writing).

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– Maxi-service ‘B’ – (A 90 minute meeting [or two separate 45 minute meetings]; assessment questionnaires; and a substantial report: One for each partner:

This service involves both partners. There are three elements, as follows:

  1. I will ask both partners to complete three or four pre-meeting assessment questionnaires;Man on phone
  2. I will meet with you – either as a couple (for 90 minutes), or individually (for 45 minutes each).  The purpose of this meeting (or meetings) is to collect more information about the problems you are encountering as a couple; and:
  3. I will then write two, individual, (confidential from each other) post-meeting reports (one for each partner), which will digest your assessments, and also what I learned about you both from our face-to-face meeting(s).

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These reports will contain a few of the most important insights and action suggestions that will help you to take your relationship forward in a positive direction.

(You may share your report with your partner, if you wish; but I never will, because of the importance of confidentiality of anything and everything you share with me!)

(The total cost of this service is £560.00 – which includes the cost of up to four days of report writing, needed to produce two individual, confidential reports of substantial proportions).

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Because the Maxi-service process – especially the report drafting and refining process – takes such a long time to do, the cost has to reflect that labour cost. The focus of my report is always this: ‘Strategies for improving your marital relationship’; and it will also contain a lot of insights into how to change yourself in order for your partner to want to change too.

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Conflict and healthThe overall cost to you for the three-part process described above is quite modest.  (The average UK cost of a divorce in 2020 is £14,561; plus £35,000 house move costs; plus…plus…and plus the emotional cost!)

Making an appointment and paying your fee

When you contact me to set up an appointment, I will pencil you (and your partner, if appropriate), into my diary, for a day and time to suit both of you. I will then send you an electronic invoice, with a payment link, on which you can use a credit or debit card.  Once your payment arrives, I will ink you (and your partner, if appropriate) into my diary. (If you would prefer it, I can send you my bank details instead, and you can pay your fee directly into  my bank account).

Receiving your reports

Within a few days of our face to face meeting, I will send you my individualized report (for Maxi-service ‘A’) or reports (for Maxi-service ‘B’). In the case of unusual complications, or when my workload is high, this could take up to a week or eight days). So, each of you will receive a personal report, which will be confidential to you.  I will not share your report with your partner.Report as personal insight

My reports will provide the basis for you (and your partner, where appropriate) to come to understand yourselves better – especially the dynamics that cause major problems in your relationship – and to make the personal changes that will move your relationship forward into a positive, rewarding, loving and enjoyable future.

Staying together or splitting amicably

Of course, some couples will decide that the evidence of significant incompatibilities warrants a separation/divorce, rather than a repairing/rebuilding of their relationship; but armed with my reports they are more likely to achieve an amicable separation, which avoids exorbitant legal fees; and also sidesteps the heartache of protracted angry recriminations.

Whether you end up rebuilding your relationship, or taking it apart in a civilized, loving manner, which minimizes stress for all the parties involved (including any children!), I would consider either outcome to be a step up from the often hateful, vengeful, recriminatory splits that make life miserable for everybody.

Follow-up therapy sessions

Rewiring brain for happy relationshipsIf you need to return for additional sessions – after completion of the three-part process described above – then the fee for any such session will be at the lower rate of £90 for a 45 minute daytime session; or £180 for a double (daytime) session of 90 minutes.

If you cannot make it to a daytime session, and want an evening or weekend session, then the fee will be £120.00 for a 45 minutes session; or £240.00 for a 90 minute session.  I recommend double sessions when you and your partner attend together, because the time is shared equally, and it absolutely flies by.

If you’d like me to help you with your couple relationship, then please phone me on 01422 843 629, to set up a pencilled-in appointment (for yourself, and/or your partner).

Or email me at drjwbyrne@gmail.com

For more information about me, please go to About Dr Jim Byrne.***

Or take a look at a collection of unsolicited testimonials that were sent to me by former and/or current clients.***

ABC Coaching Counselling Charles 2019Dr Jim Byrne

Doctor of Counselling

ABC Coaching and Counselling Services

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Jim Byrne and Renata Taylor-Byrne, happily married since 1986 – and happily coupled since 1980

Confidential reportIf you think it would be difficult to get your partner to accompany you to couples therapy, then please read the following advice on the Gottman Institute website: 5 Steps to Inspire Your Partner to Join You in Attending Couples Therapy.***

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