Email counselling with Dr Jim Byrne

Email Counselling  for Problem Solving and Decision Making

With Dr Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling

A form of supported writing therapy 

Welcome to my Email Counselling service

honetpieI’m Dr Jim Byrne, a Doctor of Counselling in my twenty-second year in private practice in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, UK; but helping clients all over the world. During the coronavirus pandemic, I no longer offer face-to-face counselling, but I do offer email counselling.

Over the past twenty years, I’ve helped more than one-thousand individuals with problems of anger management, stress management, confidence and self-esteem building, anxiety control, depression reduction, plus couple counselling and marriage guidance. Many of those individuals needed help with attachment issues, personality adaptations, life transitions, goals and habits, and many other issues and problems.

Most of my email counselling clients come from the UK, Ireland, Canada, the US, Australia, or are English speakers from other parts of the globe (including Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Singapore, etc.)

Email counselling is surprisingly effective – but only if you are

  • the kind of person who enjoys writing;
  • a good communicator in written English; and
  • someone who learns well from written texts.

I have helped dozens of individuals using this approach.

Three levels of service – three different prices

I offer three levels of service, which vary in cost:

my mini-service;

median service;

and my maxi-service:

Email counselling, feedback on two pages– Mini-service: This service involves you writing two pages of text, describing your problem(s), and sending it to me for analysis, and written feedback of my insights and action pointers.  I will spend at least two to three hours crafting my response, which will be presented directly on your submitted script. (Some former clients used to write out their problems at greater, and then summarize that down to two pages of A4, with normal margins, and using 12 point type.  While others wrote briefly.  And still others wrote at length, and asked me to split their multi-page text up into lots of two pages, and they paid multiple fees to cover those multiple submissions).

Mini-service – Email Counselling with Dr Jim Byrne – Two pages option

Send me two typed pages describing your problem(s). I will analyze your text, and send you my insights and recommended action steps/solutions, within 3 to 4 working days. Your type should be no smaller than 12 point type; the margins should be normal; and the page should be A4 (Europe) or Letter size (US). The service is totally confidentail.

£60.00

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Email counselling, four pages, plus personality assessment– Median service:  This service involves you writing up to four pages of text, about your current problem(s); and also completing a questionnaire which assesses your personality.  This allows me to gain insights into ‘who you are’, and greater detail of your current problem(s).  I will spend four to six hours reflecting on your issues, and crafting my responses. As before, I send you my feedback in the form of insights and action pointers, typed on the text that you submitted, so that the comments appear adjacent to the points to which they refer, for ease of understanding.

Median Service – Email Counselling with Dr Jim Byrne – Four pages of text

You can write four pages of text to me, describing your current problem(s). I will read and analyze your text. I will also ask you to complete a personality questionnaire, so I get a good understanding of ‘who you are’. I will then consider how your personality and your problem may be interrelated, and I will make appropriate comments upon your text, at various points, including my insights, suggestions, and action pointers/solutions.

£90.00

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Email counselling, six pages, plus various assessments– Maxi-service: This service involves you writing up to six pages of text, about your current problem(s); plus completing a questionnaire which assesses your personality; plus a lifestyle questionnaire; and an attachment styles questionnaire (if your problem involves couple conflict or relationship difficulties); and/or a ‘conflict styles’ questionnaire (if your interpersonal communication style is implicated in your presenting problem(s)).  Having access to all that information allows me to gain insights into ‘who you are’, and ‘how you operate’; and greater detail about your lifestyle factors, and current problem(s).

By contrast with my mini- and median services, with this service, I then analyze your email submission, and your various assessment questionnaire results, and I write a substantial report (taking about eight to twelve hours) containing recommended solutions to your target problem(s) – often included attachments in the form of relevant book chapters, or articles/papers which act as educational resources and and sources of skill development.  (Because this service is labour intensive, with the report writing often spread over two or three days – and sometimes much more than that – this has to be reflected in the cost).

Maxi-service – Dr Jim’s Email Counselling Services – Six pages and a report

This is my deluxe service. It allows you to write at length – up to six pages; and to submit a personality assessment; a lifestyle factors assessment; and (as appropriate) an attachment styles assessment, and/or a conflict styles assessment. I will spend nine to twelve hours on this, during which time I will read all of this information, sleep on it; and begin to analyze it into a substantial, coherent report, containing both insights and action pointers, as well as educational/informational resources to help you to develop the knowledge and skills that you need in order to tackle your presenting problem(s).

£180.00

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Send your completed text, in Word (.doc or .docx), with a brief covering email, to drjwbyrne@gmail.com

 

Unsolicited testimonial from a recent email counselling client

♣ “Hi Jim, Thanks for your help and support and guidance.  Your advice to ‘let nature take its course’, in my relationship with my daughter and grandson, really paid off.  She came to see me after three weeks of my resisting (with great difficulty) phoning or emailing her.  And she and her husband stayed for two days, and I had a lovely time with them and my grandson.  It was the best imaginable visit!  My daughter and I are closer than ever, now that you have encouraged me to ‘let her go’!  Thank you so much!”

D.B., Crag Vale, West Yorkshire.  (Two sessions of face to face counselling for anxiety about relationship conflict).

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Which level of service is best for you?

The mini-service is cheaper, but brief.

The maxi-service is comprehensive, but relatively expensive (but great value for money in terms of the time taken to write the report!)

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‘Play’ in counselling and therapy involves the willingness to let go of your old Woman-writing-therapystories, and to work at rewriting the narratives of your life: “Donald Winnicott speaks of (counselling and) psychotherapy as a means of bringing someone into a state of being able to play, when previously this had been impossible.  In play, there is a childlike (but yet also adult) dissolution, reconstruction, and re-organization of memories, experiences, and events”.  In the playfulness of exploring narratives of your earlier life, you may have the startling but gratifying experience of creating a new life for yourself (because it is newly interpreted).

Robert F. Hobson, Forms of Feeling: The heart of psychotherapy, Page 243. (53).

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About my response

I will normally give my detailed and considered reply to your email within two or three working days. (However, with the Maxi-service, the report writing phase can take a long time, and so I aim to deliver your report withing 7 to 8 days of your submission).

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“Writing therapy is highly effective, compared with drug treatments, but the Man-writing3mechanism by which writing therapy works is still unclear.  It may just be that the opportunity to express a problem that has been bottled up is curative in itself; or that it is the thinking through of a problem that has not previously been thoroughly digested that produces the effect.  Effective writing therapy seems to involve processing previously unprocessed negative emotions, in a self-reflective way, and identifying causal links between elements of the story.  It also normally involves using more positive than negative words, and ending with a coping self-statement”.  Dr Jim Byrne, from the first e-book on E-CENT counselling.

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Email counselling can involve one or two sessions to sort out a practical problem; or a more extensive series of sessions, to resolve deeper, more traumatic emotional experiences.

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ismho.logo.gifINSIGHTS INTO EMAIL EXCHANGES
AS A FORM OF THERAPY

According to the International Society for Mental Health Online (ISMHO):

“… In the case of using email exchanges …, you may feel more comfortable writing about your problems than talking about them.

4. You may write about what is bothering you sooner than you would talk about it. This can bring faster resolution to problems.

5. Writing may help you to think through your problems and to get in touch with your emotions. It can bring focus, clarity, insight, and emotional relief.

6. You can read and re-read your emails, …, thus achieving greater learning.

7. Writing enhances your relationship with yourself. …”

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Man and woman writing

Some additional points are made by Susan Wallbank, talking about writing more generally:

“(Email) counselling allows the client an opportunity to express thoughts and feelings and explore issues at the time when these are uppermost in their mind. (Emails) can be written at (a time of most convenience) and continued over a period of days or weeks. The client determines the timing of their side of the contract. Putting words down on paper often enables the writer to feel a sense of control over their situation and is often perceived as therapeutic in itself. Knowing someone is there to receive, acknowledge and respond to (emails) can provide those moving through (painful or distressing transitions) with a sense of security and provides a tangible opportunity to chart personal progress”. Susan Wallbank, in Palmer and McMahon (2000).

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I have looked in detail at the question of suitability of email counselling for particular audiences, and concluded that:

Woman-writing-therapy.JPG“Writing therapy seems to be a viable option for most people, but excluding people who are either: depressed, highly stressed, suffering from PTSD, or who have negative associations with writing at school.  It probably appeals most to people who enjoy writing, and who are self-reflective”.

Dr Jim Byrne; from the first e-book on E-CENT counselling.

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Email counselling can involve one or two sessions to sort out a practical problem; or a more extensive series of sessions, to resolve deeper, more traumatic emotional experiences.

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If you are not sure how to begin to write your email, you might find it helpful to read my Guidelines for Writing Therapy.

There are lots of testimonials from satisfied clients on the Unsolicited Client Testimonials page.  Here’s an example:

CLIENT TESTIMONIAL

“Dear Jim! Thank you very much for your help with my problems with shyness and social anxiety. Our work has helped me to gain important insights, and actually made me feel a little better in a short amount of time. I know I need to ‘work and practice, work and practice, work and practice’; and you have now clarified for me what I need to work on, and how to do that work!” R.G., Denmark. (Exchange of four emails).

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I will respond to the key points in your email with analysis, interpretations, suggestions and action-oriented homework assignments.  With the mini- and median services, I might also send some handouts, or recommend some book or books for you to read.  (The report, produced for the maxi-service, normally includes a good deal of bibliotherapy, or written material relevant to your problem).

In other words, I will tell you what you can do that will most likely help solve your problem as quickly and efficiently as is possible.

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ABC Coaching and Counselling Services

To discuss this service, or to get additional information, please email Jim Byrne at ABC Coaching and Counselling Services.

Or phone me, Dr Jim Byrne, on:

44 1422 843 629 (from outside the UK); or:

01422 843 629 (from inside the UK).

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Send your submission, in the form of an email attachment, in Word (.doc, or docx) document, in 12 point type, and with normal margins, to drjwbyrne@gmail.com

Email Client Testimonial

♣  “Thank you, Jim.  I use your Six Windows Model every time I’m emotionally disturbed; … and the specific applications you developed for dealing with depression, anger, and stress are very helpful.  … I normally rely upon my … religious beliefs to get me through my life, … but the Six windows philosophy made the difference recently.”

P.J.L., Argentina. (Three sessions of email counselling for a variety of emotional problems).

 

Mini-service – Email Counselling with Dr Jim Byrne – Two pages option

Send me two typed pages describing your problem(s). I will analyze your text, and send you my insights and recommended action steps/solutions, within 3 to 4 working days. Your type should be no smaller than 12 point type; the margins should be normal; and the page should be A4 (Europe) or Letter size (US). The service is totally confidentail.

£60.00

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Median Service – Email Counselling with Dr Jim Byrne – Four pages of text

You can write four pages of text to me, describing your current problem(s). I will read and analyze your text. I will also ask you to complete a personality questionnaire, so I get a good understanding of ‘who you are’. I will then consider how your personality and your problem may be interrelated, and I will make appropriate comments upon your text, at various points, including my insights, suggestions, and action pointers/solutions.

£90.00

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Maxi-service – Dr Jim’s Email Counselling Services – Six pages and a report

This is my deluxe service. It allows you to write at length – up to six pages; and to submit a personality assessment; a lifestyle factors assessment; and (as appropriate) an attachment styles assessment, and/or a conflict styles assessment. I will spend nine to twelve hours on this, during which time I will read all of this information, sleep on it; and begin to analyze it into a substantial, coherent report, containing both insights and action pointers, as well as educational/informational resources to help you to develop the knowledge and skills that you need in order to tackle your presenting problem(s).

£180.00

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If you absolutely cannot boil your text down to the relevant number of pages, for the service level you have chosen, and you want to submit a longer document, then please let me know, and I’ll give you a quote in the form of a PayPal invoice.

Sincerely,

Jim

Dr Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling.

ABC Coaching and Counselling Services

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