Life Coaching Hebden Bridge

Lifestyle Coaching and Counselling in Hebden Bridge, HX7 8HJ, West Yorkshire

With Renata Taylor-Byrne


Distinguishing ‘Life Coaching’ from ‘Lifestyle Coaching’

What is life coaching?

Coaching-div-quotePeople are increasingly familiar with life coaching.  The job of the life coach is to help their client to achieve their goals, in any area of life.  Life coaching is thus almost any process which helps the client to clarify their goals; to set targets; to support them in working towards those targets; to clarify pathways towards those goals; and so on.

Here is a formal definition of life coaching from

“The coaching process addresses specific personal projects, business successes, general conditions and transitions in the client’s personal life, relationships or profession by examining what is going on right now, discovering what your obstacles or challenges might be, and choosing a course of action to make your life be what you want it to be.”


What is lifestyle coaching?

We will now clarify the distinction between life-coaching and life-style coaching.

While life coaching is concerned with helping the client to work towards their goals, lifestyle coaching is about that aim – plus helping the client to understand how their lifestyle impacts their goal-directed behaviours.  In other words, while life coaching helps you to focus on trying to succeed at work – for example – lifestyle coaching helps to track down what is stopping you.  This could include: blind spots; lack of willpower; unclear vision; distractibility; or bad habits: such as over-use of alcohol; inadequate sleep; unhelpful dietary practices; lack of physical exercise; and so on.

So, lifestyle-coaching (and -counselling) incorporates life coaching, and goes beyond it, into the area of educating you about how to optimize your chances of achieving your goals; helping you to prioritize your health and happiness over material gain; and developing a more rounded life by balancing the various elements of your lifestyle.


Renata’s Lifestyle Coaching Division

Hello and welcome to my lifestyle coaching and counselling services information page.

My name is Renata Taylor-Byrne, and I am here to help you if you need any assistance with problems of everyday living.  Perhaps you are angry, anxious or depressed about the state of your life, your relationships, or your career.  Perhaps you need to become more self-confident, more relaxed in the face of life’s stresses, or more skilful at setting and achieving your goals.

You might be struggling to lose some weight; to give up sugar or alcohol addiction; to communicate more effectively with your loved ones; to manage stress better; or to be more successful with colleagues and others in work or in business. Or to restore balance to your life.


“What you eat; how you exercise, meditate and relax; how you manage your life stressors and your relationships; and your general philosophy of life:  All of these factors, and more, go into my assessment of your life, and my guidance for action, using my Lifestyle Coaching approach to solving your problems of daily living!”

Renata Taylor-Byrne, Lifestyle Coach-Counsellor, October 2016



What I offer

renata-taylor-byrne-lifestyle-coachFor more than thirty years, I’ve been teaching a range of important personal development and self-management skills. These include, but are not restricted to:

# Stress management skills;

# Assertive communication skills;

# Habit change skills;

# Public speaking skills;

# Confidence-building skills; and:

# Exercise and dietary self-management skills.

During that time, I’ve had the pleasure of watching hundreds of people grow and develop, to flourish as individuals, because of this work we did together.

“What”, you might be wondering, “would I gain from learning some of these skills from Renata?”  Let’s take a look at each set of skills in turn:

  1. The benefits of assertive communication skills:

Assertive communication comes from a place which is midway between aggression and passivity.  When you operate from passivity, you are used like a doormat by others.  When you operate from aggression, you spoil your personal relationships and damage your work relationships and your career prospects. Assertive communication skills involve knowing how to ask for what you want, and to say ‘No’ to what you do not want – but in a way which preserves the other person’s dignity (and the relationship) but maximizes your chances of getting what you want.


  1. The benefits of stress management skills:

Stress is a silent killer; a spoiler of happiness; and a source of great personal misery.  Stress drives most of our problems of excessive and inappropriate anger, anxiety and depression.  When you learn the skills of effective stress management, you improve the quality of your inner and outer life to a dramatic extent, especially by being able to moderate your emotional reactions to life’s frustrations and difficulties.


  1. The benefits of habit-change skills:

It is very easy to develop bad, self-damaging habits.  It is very hard to get rid of bad, self-damaging habits.  It is also very hard to develop good, self-helping and self-supporting habits; and very easy to lose them again.  Think about how difficult it is to stick to a healthy diet; to resist the lure of tobacco and alcohol, and other damaging drugs; and to do the goal-achieving thing, rather than the anxiety-relieving thing.  When you learn habit-change skills from me, you greatly increase your chances of getting into the driving seat of your life, and staying there!


  1. The benefits of public speaking skills:

I teach public speaking skills for the same reason they were taught by Dale Carnegie: because fear of public speaking is the number one fear among most people.  Therefore, if you can master your fear of public speaking, you can master any of your other fears more confidently and predictably.  Public speaking skills are very important in various careers, from teaching to selling, to negotiating or making team-based presentations in many work contexts. My approach focuses on overcoming anxiety and defeating your ‘inner critic’, which is the cause of most of your problems with confident speaking.


  1. The benefits of confidence-building skills:

Some people are so cocky that they seem almost offensive.  Some people are so unconfident that they evoke pity in us.  Somewhere in the middle ground is the kind of ‘earned confidence’ that commands respect and affection, liking and admiration.  That is the area that I aim to get you to: the middle ground of realistic, variable self-confidence, which is authentic, and not a form of self-delusional pretence.


  1. The benefits of exercise and dietary self-management skills:

Diet is not about weight loss, in the main, but about eating healthily; and not just for physical health, but also for emotional wellbeing.  Our guts and our brains communicate constantly, and when we eat the wrong foods, we tend to disrupt our normal gut flora and friendly bacteria, which then produces negative effects upon our brain-mind, and thus upon our moods and emotions, and our ability to think straight.  Exercise also affects the electro-chemical functioning of the whole body-brain-mind, reducing stress hormones, releasing happiness chemicals, and promoting oxygenation of every cell, and thus promoting physical detoxification and improving physical health and emotional wellbeing.  But which diet to follow; and which exercise approach; and how to discipline yourself to stick to your dietary and exercise goals: that is where I come in!


Today, I teach these skills, and their underpinning knowledge, to my individual coaching/counselling clients.  I no longer offer group courses, so I can focus all of my attention on you, individually, and tailor my teaching/ mentoring/ coaching/ counselling work on your specific needs.


About me – a quick introduction

renata-taylor-byrne-lifestyle-coachI am a registered and accredited coach/counsellor, in my fifth year in private practice, in Hebden Bridge, and all over the world via the telephone system.  (Please see my Accreditation and Ethics page.***)

In my early life I was introduced to a range of eastern and western philosophies by my father, most notably from about the age of 14 years onwards; and I continued my curiosity about philosophies of life from that time onwards.  In my twenties I explored ideas of progressive education and art therapy, and trained as a teacher.  I then went on to teach a range of personal development courses in adult and further education contexts – including teaching, mentoring and coaching students on courses of study in assertive communication; stress management; confidence building; counselling skills; health and nutrition; and so on.

In my thirties and forties I studied Transactional Analysis and Rational therapy, plus the Skilled Helper model, created by Gerard Egan.

After 35 years in teaching/mentoring/coaching, I then set up my own coaching division, just over four years ago, and I now offer help with all kinds of lifestyle-related problems and developmental issues, including habit change and goal pursuit.

My aim is to help you to change and grow and develop, and to achieve your balanced lifestyle goals.

goals-of-lifestyle-coachingOver the years, I have helped hundreds of individuals with all kinds of practical, emotional and behavioural problems.

And recently, I have reviewed a number of very important books and articles on the links between physical exercise, diet and nutrition, on the one hand, and anger, anxiety and depression, on the other.  If you want to be happy, healthy and successful, then you have to learn my results, and take control of your physical and emotional and relational life.

For more about me, please see About Renata – Lifestyle Coach.***


“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his or her patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the causes and prevention of disease”.  Thomas Edison.


About my service

I see individuals, in my home office in Hebden Bridge, for 45 minute consultations (or coaching/counselling sessions).  During that time, we talk about what is not working in your life at the moment.  (You can talk about what is working, with your friends, at any time, for free!)  I help you to home in on (1) those aspects of your life that you most want to change, improve or to learn to accept; and (2) then I help you to see the connection between your current problems and many aspects of your lifestyle, as well as your approach to goal setting and pursuit, and your family history, character, personality, and so on.

So this is a ‘talking cure’, but not a traditional talking cure (which focuses exclusively upon your thinking, feeling and actions).  And not a traditional coaching approach, (which focusses exclusively upon your [current, conscious] goals).  I also help you to look at what you are doing in every area of your life which could contribute to goal achievement or goal sabotage; to health or illness; to happiness or unhappiness.


“There is growing scientific evidence that the guts interact with the brain, affecting not only your physical health, but also affecting your moods and emotions.  Healthy guts may be a better solution to emotional problems, like anxiety, depression and poor impulse control, and this kind of approach to healthy guts depends upon eating the right kind of diet, and perhaps supplementing with ‘friendly bacteria”.

Renata Taylor-Byrne, December 2016.  (See these sources: The gut brain connection.***)


What my clients gain from my service

Individual who have been through our Lifestyle coaching/ counselling process tell us that what they got included: (1) A listening ear; empathy; and moral support; (2) A teaching/learning experience, including insights into a broad range of research studies that help them to better manage their time, space, relationships, health, wealth and happiness; (3) Acceptance and reassurance – including a secure base, from which they learned to be more secure in their real-world relationships; (4) Appropriate advice, which fitted in well with their needs, wants, desires and goals; (5) And help to become a better problem solver in every area of life.


Renatas-coaching-div2Now I want to help you…

To arrange an appointment, please call me today,

On: 01422 843 629

Or email me on 

Or go to our Contact Us page to find out how to leave a message, request a call-back, or request a specific appointment day/time.

Renata Taylor-Byrne BSc (Hons) Psychol, DipSM, MAC, CCC.Reg

Lifestyle Coach-Counsellor


For more information about me, please see the About Renata Taylor-Byrne – Lifestyle Coach page.***

For details of my fees, please go to my Schedule of Fees page.***


PS: I also offer telephone coaching-counselling all over the world via the telephone system.


Also, please take a look at my blog: Renata’s Coaching Blog.***


♣ About Dr Jim Byrne ♣   About Renata Taylor-Byrne ♣   Dr Jim’s Counselling and Psychotherapy Divison
♣  Renata’s Lifestyle Coaching and Counselling Division  Benefits of E-CENT Counselling ⊕ Books on E-CENT counselling and related subjects
⊕ Contact us – how to ⊕ Free Resources ⊕ How to find us, in Hebden Bridge
♦   Dr Jim’s counselling blog ♦  Renata’s coaching blog ⊕ Links pages
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