Email counselling with Dr Jim Byrne

Email Counselling 

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 nineteenth year in private practice in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, UK.

During that time, I’ve helped almost 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

If you are unable to get to see me in Hebden Bridge; or if you would prefer to write to me and get a written response; then email counselling could be a good counselling option for you.  I have helped dozens of individuals using this approach.

Writing-therapy2.jpgEmail counselling works best for individuals who enjoy reading and writing, and who have developed their skills of expressing themselves in writing.

Some of my former email clients were very good at writing out their thoughts and feelings about their current problem(s), and then editing the result down to two A4 (or Letter sized) pages.

Others tend to write long emails – of five to ten pages – and send them to me unedited.  I then tackle them two pages at a time, and charge a fee for each section of two pages.

Jim & Renata's logoMy service offering is this: I will read and analyse and comment upon two A4 (or Letter sized) pages of your thoughts/feelings/problems (in 12 point type, with normal margins) for a fee of £30.00 GBP. My comments will be in writing, on the text you submit.

Send your completed two-pages of 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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To pay for a single (two page) Email Analysis/Response, please click on the ‘Buy Now’ button that follows:

PayPal Buy Now button2<<>> One session of Dr Byrne’s analysis, interpretation and advice upon your two pages of text – (in 12 point type, and on A4 or Letter size pages, with normal margins) – about your problem situation or condition, for just £30.00.

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‘Play’ in counselling and therapy involves the willingness to let go of your old stories, 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 read your email attachment, and comment at various points, giving my interpretations and insights, and any advice or guidance that seems appropriate.

As soon as you’ve booked your email counselling session, via the PayPal ‘Buy Now’ button, above, you can write your email and send it to Dr Jim Byrne at ABC Coaching and Counselling Services.

I will normally give my detailed and considered reply to your email within two or three working days.

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“Writing therapy is highly effective, compared with drug treatments, but the mechanism 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 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.  To see an example of the latter, please see my recent paper on ‘The anatomy of a failed marriage: How to complete an undigested adult relationship failure, using writing therapy.***

Or take a look at a subsequent paper, on shame about cowardice, and developing courage: E-CENT Paper No.21: Healing the so-called ‘father wound’ – using supported writing therapy***

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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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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.  To see an example of the latter, please see my recent paper on ‘The anatomy of a failed marriage: How to complete an undigested adult relationship failure, using writing therapy.***

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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.  I might also send some handouts, or recommend some book or books for you to read.

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 completed two pages of email attachment in the form of a 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).

To pay for a single (two page) Email Analysis/Response, please click on the ‘Buy Now’ button that follows:

PayPal Buy Now button2<<>> One session of Dr Byrne’s analysis, interpretation and advice upon your two pages of text – (in 12 point type, and on A4 or Letter size pages, with normal margins) – about your problem situation or condition, for just £30.00.

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