General Information Concerning Dr Jim Byrne’s Counselling and Therapy Services
(Updated December 2017)
I am now at the start of my twentieth year in private practice as a counsellor/ coach/ psychotherapist, in Hebden Bridge.
Over the past nineteen years and more, I have helped more than 1,000 individuals (including many couples) to overcome serious problems of anxiety, panic, depression, stress, relationship and attachment problems; plus problems with self-confidence, anger management issues, and many other issues.
This information pack is designed for individuals and/ or couples who wish to consult me in Hebden Bridge, for face to face counselling and psychotherapy, from the end of December 2017 onwards, until further notice.
If you live further afield, then you might wish to consult me by telephone; by email, or via Skype. (See the Telephone, email and Skype counselling page for details).***
Here is the url: https://abc-counselling.org/counselling-via-telephone-email-skype/
This pack includes the following elements:
- Information about Jim Byrne;
- Information about my availability;
- Information about my fees.
- Information about the nature and benefits of counselling; and the nature of Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy (E-CENT).
In addition, this pack contains the basic information you might require to aid your decision-making, as follows:
SCHEDULE OF FEES FOR FACE-TO-FACE CLIENTS
For new clients, commencing after 1st January 2018, I offer a revised scale of fees, for simplicity, and to take account of the continuing atmosphere of austerity.
If you are unemployed, or on a basic state pension, I can see you for a fee of £50.00 per 45 minute session.
If you are employed, and earning less than £25,000 per year, before tax, I can see you for a fee of £60.00.
If you earn more than £25,000 per year, before tax, but less than £50,000, then I can see you for a fee of £70.00 per session.
And if you earn £50,000 or more per year, before tax, then I can see you for a fee of £80.00.
Those fees all refer to daytime appointments, on Wednesday to Friday of each week. If you want an evening or weekend appointment, the standard fee is £20 more than your weekday fee.
I now offer just four appointment slots per day – 10.00am, 11.00am; 2.00pm, and 3.00pm. This helps to ensure that I am in tip-top condition, physically and mentally, when I see you.
On alternate Saturdays I offer two appointment slots – at 11.00am and 2.00pm.
And one evening per week, I offer a late session – normally at 7.00 pm until 7.45 pm.
I therefore offer a total of 13 appointment slots during a normal working week; plus four Saturday slots per month.
Since nine or ten of my weekday slots are already routinely booked up, in advance, it is advisable to let me know immediately if you would like one of the remaining two or three slots.
Dr Jim Byrne: 01422 843 629
3. TRAVEL TO HEBDEN BRIDGE
By Road from: Leeds Airport: 1 hour; Leeds: 1 hour; Bradford: 35 mins; Halifax: 20 mins; Manchester: 45 mins.
Maps and route planner: You can find a map of the Hebden Bridge location here: Map of Keighley Road, Hebden Bridge.***
By Train from: Manchester: 35-40 mins; Leeds: 1 hour; Bradford: 25 mins; Halifax: 10 mins.
Directions to Dr Jim Byrne’s home in Hebden Bridge
Here are some (incomplete!) directions for finding my home. The main deficiency with these directions is that they assume you will be approaching my home by travelling UP Keighley Road, from Hebden Bridge (but you might be coming down!)
Here is the Google map from Hebden Bridge Railway Station.***
If you search for my home base on Google Maps, then you should use this address: 27 Keighley Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8HJ. That will take you to my actual address, which is: 27, Wood End, Keighley Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8HJ. (However, it’s not a good idea to use the ‘Wood End’ piece of the address on Google Maps, as they will send you to the wrong place!)
There are three slight problems with finding me:
- Wood End is a section of Keighley Road, not a separate road.
- Wood End is a block of terraced houses, on the left-hand side of
Keighley Road (as you come up Keighley Road from Hebden Bridge), beginning a few yards past the turnoff for Lees Road, which is on the left. My block (called Wood End) is numbered out of sequence, so number 27 is actually the first house on the block, followed by 29, then 1, 3, 5, etc., all the way up to 25.
- If you are driving, and using satnav, as you drive up Keighley Road, from Hebden Bridge, you will reach a set of traffic lights just before the left turn for Lees Road/Winsor Road, and your satnav is likely to tell you to turn left into Lees Road. Don’t follow that direction, as it will lead you to the back of my house, and there is no back door! Stay on Keighley Road.
At this point, as you drive through the traffic lights, you will see the sign on the Nutclough Tavern, on your right. The housing on the left is called ‘Nutclough’ (pronounced Nut-cluff) – six or eight houses, ending with 49 Nutclough. Then there is a short break in the housing, and when the housing begins again, the very first house is mine – 27 Wood End. Phew! (The block is numbered out of sequence, beginning 27, 29, then 1, 3, 5, etc., all the way up to 25, then a second 25!!!)
If you get lost, please call me on 01422 843 629.
If you are travelling by bus, the bus which passes my front door is the B3 (bound for Keighley via Haworth). This can be caught in the centre of Hebden Bridge, near the library. Ask for the stop after the Nutclough Tavern; get off at that stop and walk back down the block about 14 houses, to 27 Wood End. (The block is numbered out of sequence, so you will begin at 25, and come all the way down to number 1, then there’s 29, and then 27).
You may wish to attend weekly, fortnightly or monthly, for 45 minutes at a time. My recommendation would be one 45 minute session of face to face contact each week, but many people are subject to economic constraints which could reduce that to fortnightly or even monthly sessions.
5. Number of sessions:
I have found in practice that most clients need at least three or four sessions (each lasting 45 minutes) to overcome a single problem; though this could take longer.
Clients with multiple problems could take at least six, eight or ten sessions; and sometimes much more than that. (I had one client who attended more than 50 sessions over the course of one year. And one who has been attending almost weekly for more than five years. However, that is highly unusual; and the more usual number of sessions is between three and six; while some clients stay on for ten or fifteen sessions).
Ultimately, the number of sessions you attend is open-ended, and entirely up to you. The fundamental questions seem to run from: How strong is my desire for relief from emotional suffering? Up to: Just how much personal development can I afford at this point in time?
The more Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy (E-CENT) sessions you have, according to the research evidence, the better the results you will gain.
I am here to help you, according to your goals and budget.
6. Length of sessions, and late arrival:
I will make myself available for the full 45 minutes that we agree on. If you arrive late, you will be missing out on some amount of our time together. I don’t run over at the end of sessions to make up for late arrival (most obviously because I normally have another client arriving soon, and I need to prepare for them! I also need some refreshment time and turn-around time before my next client arrives). My commitment is to provide up to 45 minutes of session time. However, to repeat, the session begins at the appointed time – not when the client arrives. Clients pay for the amount of time booked – not the amount attended. (One complication I have found with booking time is this. I sometimes help clients with a Cutting the Ties that Bind process, which can vary in length; and some clients may have some additional issues they want to address before we begin the Cutting the Ties process. Sometimes this can run to two or three times the 45 minutes originally envisioned; so if you want to Cut the Ties with me in the future, then we will have to agree that we put on the clock to record the total time used, and you pay for the total time used, not the time anticipated!!!)
7. Homework assignments:
If you see me for approximately 45 minutes each week, that is less than one out of 168 hours, which is a very small fraction. (And you may even see me for much less than this amount of time, if you do not attend weekly!) For serious therapeutic benefit, it is important to spend between 30 and 60 minutes of each day, in the time between our meetings, thinking/writing about the ground we’ve covered. Sometimes I will send you handouts, and sometimes recommend a book or two; or I might refer you to a video clip online; and it is important that you work at reading or engaging with that material, or applying some aspect of the philosophy that I will (sometimes) be teaching you; or reflecting upon your own learning from our encounters. This ‘between-session-work’ I call Homework Assignments. This is an important part of our contract, and I may ask you to update me on your progress in this area. (You would not expect to develop your muscles by sitting on the sofa and wishing for change. It’s the same with emotive-cognitive-behavioural development).
8. Fee payment:
Fees for face-to-face sessions are to be paid in full at the end of each appointment, in cash; or by cheque, provided the cheque is supported by a cheque guarantee card. Payment may also be made in advance for a block of sessions, either by electronic funds transfer (EFT), or via PayPal. (Please ask for payment details if you want to pay in advance using EFT or PayPal). If you want to pay for individual sessions using Electronic Funds Transfer, please arrange to have your mobile phone with you, and to pay at the end of the session, before leaving the room!
9. Cancellation policy:
Once an appointment has been made, I will require two full days’ notice of your intention to cancel. If I receive less than two full days’ notice, I will expect you to pay your fee for the missed session. To cancel an appointment, please telephone 01422 843 629, and tell me directly, or leave a message on my answer-phone, giving two days clear notice.
If you fail to turn up for an appointment, and you have not informed me, then I will charge you the full fee, as that time is set aside for you, and cannot be used for another client.
(If I ever fail to attend one of our sessions – which could only be due to a very serious emergency or an unusual breakdown of communication – I will give you your next session free of charge as recompense).
10. Booking a session:
If, having read this information pack, you decide you’d like to book a session of Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy (E-CENT) with me, then please phone me on:
01422 843 629;
Or email me at:
This document is the basis of our contract.
Looking forward to hearing from you, and meeting you.
Dr Jim Byrne, FISPC
Doctor of Counselling, Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapist (E-CENT). Fellow of the International Society of Professional Counsellors
29th December 2017
11. CODE OF ETHICS
I subscribe to two codes of ethics – that of the International Society of Professional Counsellors (ISPC), and that of Counselling (CCC). I am also subject to the Complaints Procedures of ISPC and Counselling CCC.
If you have any questions about fees or fee payment, please phone me on 01422 843 629,
Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your attention, and I wish you well!
Dr Jim Byrne, FISPC
Doctor of Counselling,
Fellow of the International Society of Professional Counsellors
ABC COACHING AND COUNSELLING SERVICES
01422 843 629
13. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Who is Dr Jim Byrne?
Jim Byrne came to Hebden Bridge from Thailand in January 1979. After a career in non-formal adult education, he diversified into coaching, and then into counselling and psychotherapy. He has a doctoral degree in counselling from the University of Manchester, a broad-based diploma in integrative counselling psychology and psychotherapy, and he is a Licensed Fellow of the International Society of Professional Counsellors (FISPC). He was originally trained as a Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapist (REBT/CBT) by Dr Al Raitt, at the Institute for REBT, Bristol; but he has since broken from that tradition, and is now wholly integrative, with a primary focus upon emotions and affects, rather than the CBT/REBT emphasis upon thinking.
What services does he offer?
Jim offers counselling, coaching and psychotherapy for anger, anxiety, depression, stress, couple conflict, attachment problems, and confidence coaching. He does this in Hebden Bridge – and all over the world by telephone, Skype and email.
What is counselling anyway?
Counselling and therapy are often called “the talking cure”. If you come to see me for counselling, we will talk about how you feel; what is going wrong in your life; what you want to achieve; which former experiences are troubling you; what you want to change or improve; and so on.
I will help you to understand yourself and your problem more clearly; act as a secure base for you; help you to ‘feel felt’ – or emotionally understood; suggest things you can change, in your thinking, your life, or in your relationships; help you develop new skills; and help you to accept or change the things that are affecting you negatively.
Counselling is sometimes defined as a process of being with a person in distress or difficulty, which offers both an empowering relationship and an educational encounter. It involves listening to the client; clarifying their problem(s) or issue(s); offering insights and models to help the client’s thinking; offering support for the client’s emotional distress or difficulty; and supporting the client through change or suffering. Out of this can come changes in your Attachment Style (more secure), and Personality Adaptations (more functional).
How can counselling help people?
Counselling can help in a number of different ways: with emotional functioning; behavioural functioning; relationship management and communication; goal setting and pursuit; refining problems; identifying solutions; promoting efficient and effective actions; and so on.
Outcomes can include that the client…:
- …thinks more clearly, or to better effect;
- …manages their emotions better, in that they no longer over-emote, nor under-emote, relative to their environmental situations;
- …behaves more effectively at home and at work;
- …feels happier; more alive; more integrated; more in control; more goal oriented; and so on.
What kind of Counselling does Jim Offer?
Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy (E-CENT) is a system of counselling, therapy and coaching which integrates the moderate stoical elements of the original form of CBT – which is called Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) – with Transactional Analysis (TA), Attachment theory, Affect Regulation theory, moderate Buddhist and moderate Stoic philosophy, moral philosophy, Object Relations theory, and several other emotive, cognitive, narrative and psychodynamic therapies.
What kind of specialisms does he offer?
In addition to his general counselling service, which helps lots of people with depression and anxiety, panic and so on, Jim offers the following specialisms:
- Anger management
- Stress management
- Couples therapy
- Confidence coaching
- Attachment therapy
- Lifestyle coaching (which includes consideration of diet, exercise, relaxation, meditation, work/life balance, time management, and so on).
What other services does he offer? Jim also offers:
- Supervision services for Integrative counsellors and therapists, and other kinds of counsellors and psychotherapists;
- Authorship coaching;
- Training courses for counsellors and other kinds of carers and support workers; and for members of the public;
- Information and support with: Counselling theory; Philosophy of life; Happiness coaching; and Counselling for health.
- E-books and some paperbacks for personal and professional development, and self-help, linked to philosophy, psychology, psychotherapy and counselling.
What kinds of people attend his counselling services?
Over a period of more than nineteen years, he has helped more than 1,000 people, roughly 50:50 males to females; including dozens of couples; with a broad range of different kinds of issues and problems.
Those people who come to see him tend to have…
- …emotional problems; such as: anger, anxiety or depression, lack of confidence, low self-esteem, stress, couple conflict, etc.
- …behavioural problems; such as: procrastination, passive-aggressive behavioural mode, reactivity, lack of proactivity, lack of self-discipline, avoidance, submissiveness, domination, ignoring problems, escape into alcohol or drugs, and so on.
- …relationship problems; such as: unhappiness; growing incompatibility; verbal conflict; lack of intimacy; insecure attachment style; communication skills deficits; refusal to take responsibility; absence; coldness; judgementalism; sexual misconduct or sexual dissatisfaction; and so on.
What do people get from these services?
More than 85% of my clients experience my service as very good or excellent; and report achieving the result for which they came to see me. Another 10% do not provide any feedback on their experience. And, in a very small number of cases – very, very rarely – an individual may find that they are not benefiting from working with me, or with E-CENT theory, and in such cases I recommend that they try another counsellor, who may be better able to help. (This has not happened even once in the past seven years or more!)
However, it is important to note that the vast majority of people who come to see me, and to work on their problems with me, achieve dramatic results, and find that they quickly, and durably, get over their emotional, behavioural and relationship disturbances. As long as they keep reviewing the work we did together, they can continue to help themselves for a lifetime.
I mainly use informal methods of assessment, as I believe the client knows best how to find his or her own way through their own problems. However, from time to time it might be helpful for you to get some insights into how to answer these questions:
Just how anxious am I?
How depressed am I?
What is my ‘attachment style’, and how is that affecting my relationship?
What is my personality adaptation or structure?
(a) In terms of the ‘ego states’ which are labelled as Parent, Adult and Child functioning. Or:
(b) In terms of my character and temperament?
And so on.
If you would find it helpful to be able to answer one or more of those questions, then I can provide assessment instruments (questionnaires) to help with that process; and we can discuss the results in our counselling and therapy sessions. The cost of any one assessment instrument, and the results, will be £25.00.
However, no such formal assessments will ever be imposed by me! Why not? Because psychiatry has the habit of ‘assessing’ individuals and then ‘branding them’ with ‘disorders’ (or stigmatizing labels), which are effectively ‘boxes’ into which the client is forced, and out of which they may find it difficult to escape, with serious negative consequences for their sense of self-esteem and self-acceptance. (I do not use the categories of the DSM-5, which was created by psychiatry, and would never think of a client in those black-and-white terms!)
Unlike psychiatry, I see my work as helping individuals who have ‘problems of everyday living’. My clients are not ‘sick’! They need some help to perceive-feel-think, and act, more self-helpingly. And this is a need that almost every person experiences several times in their lifetime!
Through our therapeutic conversations together, you will get feedback on your problems and how you are managing them, and what you might need to change. You will also learn to relate differently from the way you related to your original attachment figures (mother and father, etc.) And I may suggest some lifestyle management changes (including to diet and physical exercise; sleep patterns, etc).
This inevitably involves some degree of informal assessment of your current levels of skill and ability in certain areas of functioning in your daily life. Most of my clients find that this is sufficient information for them to be able to make the changes that they need to make. Almost nobody (perhaps 1%) asks me for additional, more formal assessments.
The important thing is this: Through our work together, your brain-mind-heart will automatically rewire itself for a different kind of future!
I hope you find this information pack helpful and useful, and if you need any further information, please do contact me.
Doctor of Counselling, and Fellow of the International Society of Professional Counsellors (FISPC)
ABC Coaching and Counselling Services
Telephone: 01422 843 629