Telephone Counselling, for problem solving and decision making
with Dr Jim Byrne
Hello and welcome to my premium counselling and psychotherapy service, over the telephone system, all over the world.
Telephone Counselling Service
I’m Dr Jim Byrne, and I’m in my twenty-fourth year in counselling and psychotherapy, during which time I have helped more than 1,200 individuals to get over their problems of anger, anxiety, depression, stress, self-confidence, couple conflict and attachment and relationship difficulties; plus career difficulties and transitions; academic study problems; and general problem solving difficulties.
If you would like to consult me, to get help resolving one or more of your own problems, then my telephone counselling service would work for you.
I offer two distinct services: one for individuals who like to learn from a combination of assessment, conversation, and follow-up reports and psycho-educational documents; and one for individuals who believe they do not learn well from written materials.
My Enhanced Main Counselling and Psychotherapy Service:
This Enhanced, Main Service was updated on 5th August 2022. The main changes are a result of feedback from current clients, who wanted a reduction in the intensity of the “homework” component of this service. Here is the revised structure:
1 – Formal assessment questionnaires – (Function: To collect relevant data about some potential sources of your current problem[s]. Normally between four and seven questionnaires will be sent by me to you, usually as email attachments; and I may ask some supplementary questions once I’ve seen your answers. The subject of each questionnaire is determined by the problem[s] you wish to address in our work together).
2 – A counselling meeting of up to sixty minutes (which is mainly more assessment, at our first meeting. [If you opt for a second meeting, then we get to do more therapy than assessment during the second meeting]);
3 – An analytical report. (This includes: what happened at our meeting; my observations, reflections and conclusions; plus my assessment of your questionnaire answers; plus a customized list of written materials which I will send, at fortnightly intervals, over a twelve or fourteen week period). I will send my analytical report to you within seven to ten days of our meeting. (When my analysis is particularly extensive [in terms of numbers of pages], which is not uncommon, I sometimes send it in two or three smaller chunks, over a period of several weeks!)
4 – My report (or the first instalment of my report) is followed by five or six informational documents (called psycho-educational [or bibliotherapy] handouts), which will teach you the knowledge and skills you need in order to begin to resolve the problem or problems we discussed in our meeting, [plus problems or developmental needs identified by the assessment questionnaires]. These documents will be sent to you at intervals of two weeks, over a twelve or fourteen week period).
Those four elements, above, are collectively called a “single package” of my Enhanced Main Service; and I normally recommend that you sign up for a “double package”, which involves repeating the above processes again – (at the end of the twelve or fourteen week period of the first package) – but with more time for therapy during our second meeting.
You can repeat this process as often as you need to. I estimate that close to 50% of people will only need a single package to resolve their most pressing problems. Some will require a double package. And some will need more than one double package, depending on the complexity and difficulty of their problems.
After the first one or two packages of my Main Service, you might want to switch to my (Almost) Pure Talk Therapy service, to keep your costs down; or because you have had enough documentary follow-up, and mainly want to talk about your thoughts, feelings, behaviours, and/or relationships.
Fees for my Enhanced Main Service
With effect from 1st February 2023, the following fees will apply:
– A single package will cost just £600.00 GBP; and:
– A double package will cost just £1,000.00 GBP – (if it is booked as a double package, and paid in advance; resulting in a saving of £200.00p GBP. (And a double package can be shared by a married or cohabiting couple who will get one meeting each, with individual reports and six follow-up documents each).
Postscript on 5th December 2022 – Payment by instalments
Updated on 1st February 2023
In view of the current economic climate, I am willing to split a single package into three elements, and to allow clients to pay for one element at a time, which amounts to a system of Payment by Instalments, as follows:
A single package, as defined above, can be broken down into the following three elements, and paid for over a three month period:
Element 1: Sending of questionnaires; receiving completed questionnaires; setting up the face-to-face (or Skype) counselling meeting; conducting the counselling meeting. Fee: £225.00 GBP, to be paid at least three days before I send the questionnaires.
Element 2: One month after our meeting, the second payment (of £225.00 GBP) is due. When that payment arrives: I spend several days crunching the data from the questionnaires, and summarizing what I learned from our meeting. I send that report. And two weeks later I will send Follow-up Document 1. And two weeks after that I will send Follow-up Document 2.
Element 3: Two months after our meeting, the third payment of £225.00 GBP is due. When that payment arrives: I authorize the release of the outstanding four documents – (Documents, 3, 4, 5 and 6) – which will be sent at fortnightly intervals, over a period of approximately two months. (The intervals can be increased to reduce the pressure of reading/studying on you).
Recent Client Testimonial
♣ “Hi Jim, I’m very grateful for your latest report, which is highly detailed and analytical, as always. The content about the (personal details about my relationship) is fascinating. I think your analysis is brilliant, and it sums up so much about my life that I could never have put into words. … Thanks again…”
M.H., Wigan, Lancs. (Three “single packages” of my main service, via the telephone; followed by detailed reports).
If you wish to sign up for this service, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or telephone Jim on 01422 843 629 (from inside the UK)
Or 44 1422 843 629 (from outside the UK).
Service 2. My (Almost) Pure Talk Therapy Service
This service was specifically designed for individuals who do not learn well from written materials, or doing journal writing activities. This is how it works:
1 – First, I ask you to complete a maximum of two questionnaires;
2 – Then we meet for a sixty minute counselling session, face-to-face in Hebden Bridge; or via Skype or the telephone system.
3 – I sometimes send a very brief report after our meeting (if I feel compelled to do so, for the sake of the client’s needs); and I sometimes send a document or two with relevant information (but by no means always!) When I do send such documents, they normally refer back to the results of the assessment questionnaires, and include insights into the client’s personality and lifestyle self-management.
- End of the (almost) pure talk therapy process.
Some of my talk therapy clients have attended for one or two sessions; but some have been consulting me for more than five years!
Fees for my Almost Pure Talk Therapy service
With effect from 1st February 2023, the fee for a single session of this service will be just £300.00 GBP.
If you pay in advance for two sessions the combined cost will be just £500.00 GBP – which is a saving of £100.00 GBP.
Once you’ve completed your first two single sessions – or one double session – of Almost Pure Talk Therapy, the session fee will reduce to £200.00. (And at this point, if you book two sessions in advance, the total fee for those two sessions will fall to £300.00 GBP which is an additional saving of £100.00)
Postscript: I do not offer Payment by Instalments for (Almost) Pure Talk Therapy.
If you would like to sign up for either of my services described above, then please email me – Dr Jim Byrne – with an outline of the problem or problems that you want to be able to resolve; and I will get back to you make the necessary arrangements.
Or phone me on 01422 843 629 (from inside the UK); or 44 1422 843629 (from outside).
The cost of the telephone call is borne by you. … If you would prefer Skype/webcam counselling, please go here.***
Telephone: 01422 843 629 (from inside the UK)
Telephone: 44 1422 843 629 (from outside the UK)
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Unsolicited Counselling Client Testimonials
I receive lots of feedback from clients about their experience of my counselling and therapy services. Here are just three examples from telephone counselling clients:
“Hi Jim. … … On a final note, I have friends who see therapists on a regular basis, some on medication, etc., and they seem no better off than myself. I believe your work over the phone and internet is as effective as anything I am observing…so keep up the excellent work. I believe you are really onto something and if I have an opportunity, I will recommend you to others! I assume you would not mind. …”
J.P., New York City, USA.
“Dear Jim, … Great news! Michelle and I have been getting on really well for at least the past three months, for which we largely have you and Albert Ellis to thank! I still keep working on my thinking. It is amazing that I still find a lot of unhelpful ideas, and screwy ideas, washing around in my mind. You will be pleased to know that I persist with identifying and challenging them, and replacing them with more helpful ideas, just like you taught me”.
C.G., Paris, France. (Eight sessions of telephone counselling, including some couples counselling by telephone; plus a few email exchanges).
“Hi Jim, … I have learned so much from you over the past six months. There are now so many things I can do to make myself feel better that I just didn’t see before. … Thank you so much again for all your help over the months. Your advice was great and you had the perfect blend of wisdom, suggestion and gentle nudging! I loved it that you used humour and allowed me to work away at things at my own pace (…). You really suited me perfectly and I’m glad I found you”.
C.C, Edinburgh, Scotland. (Six sessions of telephone counselling, plus four exchanges of coaching emails).
Telephone counselling is much more effective than most people would expect. Although we do not have face to face contact, the quality of communication is surprisingly good. I have done some of my best work over the telephone!
Dr Jim Byrne
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