Counselling and psychotherapy blog

Blog Post No. 147

By Dr Jim Byrne

14th August 2016 – Updated on 13th January 2021

Dr Jim’s Counselling Blog: Low-cost eBook on the integration of body-mind-environment in counselling and psychotherapy…

Copyright (c) Jim Byrne, 2016/2020



Book-cover-frontOn 9th July, I published a post on this page which explored the role of the client in counselling and therapy.  Strangely, that was five days after the formal announcement of my new book on Holistic Counselling in Practice, but I forgot to mention the book at any point in that blog!

Unfortunately, that book proved to be very expensive – at £41 GBP – solely because it was illustrated in full colour throughout, and it consisted of 315 pages.

Now, however, there is an eBook form, which is available for just £6.11 GBP (which is approximately $7.99 USD).  You can check out the details, and view the opening sections, by going to one of the following Amazon stores:

UPDATE: Subsequently I have produced a low cost version of the paperback book above, by removing all of the coloured images, and reducing the length.  You can find out about it here:

Holistic Counselling in Practice:

An introduction to the theory and practice of Emotive-Cognitive Embodied-Narrative Therapy

front cover holistic couns reissued
Cover design by Will Sutton

By Jim Byrne DCoun FISPC

With Renata Taylor-Byrne BSc (Hons) Psychol

This book was the original introduction to Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy (E-CENT), which was created by Dr Jim Byrne in the period 2009-2014, building upon earlier work from 2003.  It is of historic importance, but it has been superseded by Lifestyle Counselling and Coaching for the Whole Person, above.

Prices from: £5.83p GBP (Kindle) and £15.18p (Paperback)

Paperback and eBook versions

Learn more.***

I also took much of the content of that book titled ‘Holistic Counselling in Practice’, and expanded it and amended it to make it relevant to counsellors and psychotherapists who want to include elements of diet, exercise and sleep hygiene in their counselling practice.  This is it:

Lifestyle Counselling and Coaching for the Whole Person:

Or how to integrate nutritional insights, exercise and sleep coaching into talk therapy.

The Lifestyle Counselling Book
Cover design by Charles Saul

By Dr Jim Byrne, with Renata Taylor-Byrne

This book has been found in practice to be very helpful to counsellors and psychotherapists who want to understand the role of lifestyle factors in human disturbance. Because diet, exercise and sleep are increasingly seen to be important determinants of mental health and emotional well-being, it is now necessary to rethink our models of counselling and therapy.

Paperback and eBook versions.

Learn more.***

This book shows counsellors how to incorporate lifestyle coaching and counselling into their system of talk therapy.  It will also help self-help enthusiasts to take better care of their own mental and physical health, and emotional well-being.

Prices: from £4.26 GBP (Kindle) to £12.64 (paperback)

Paperback and eBook versions.

Learn more.***

Where did the summer go?

jim-nata-couples-pg-w300h245This summer has been quite hectic.  In the run-up to 4th July, I was busy finishing off the copy for the paperback edition of Holistic Counselling in Practice – to which Renata contributed two sections (one on diet and nutrition, and one on physical exercise – both of which deal with the link to emotional well-being).

After 4th July, I had three busy weeks with counselling client appointments; I spent some time promoting the paperback book; and I began to work on producing an eBook version of Holistic Counselling.  For this final purpose, I had to buy a software package to facilitate good formatting and image location.

During this period, I was also reading:

Personality Adaptations: A new guide to human understanding in psychotherapy and counselling; by Vann Joines and Ian Stewart. And:

Affect Regulation Theory: A clinical model; by Daniel Hill.

Then it was 28th July, and we set off for a week-long ‘tour’ via London, Brighton and Bournemouth/Poole.  We stayed at the Selsdon Park Hotel and Golf Club in East Croydon, for the wedding of our niece, Ruth Dempsey, to her partner, Linval Antonio.  Then we attended a barbecue in Bromley in Brian and Jane, Ruth’s parents, and the wider families of the bride and groom.

Ruth and Linval ceremony

I did not want to bring the Personality Adaptations and Affect Regulation books with me on this trip, so instead I brought:

The art of lovingThe Art of Loving; by Erich Fromm.  And:

A History of the Mind; by Nicholas Humphrey.

Then on Sunday 31st July, we travelled down to Brighton, to see Joanna-Swannour friends, Brian Marley and Joanna Swann; with whom we spent two very enjoyable days, including one afternoon in Lewes, having lunch and wandering around this very interesting little town. (Joanna is involved in some very interesting art projects.***)

In a second-hand bookshop in Lewes, Brian handed me a copy of John Ashbery’s book of poetry, April Galleons. I opened it at page 49, and read these two lines:

“The quarries are closed now,

The terse, blue stone is no longer mined there”.

Brian-MarleyFor some inexplicable reason, I found those lines very moving; and so Brian bought me the book as a gift.  (I read it on the train on the homeward leg of our train journey, and enjoyed it enormously.  Perhaps I will write a later blog on some of the content!?!)

After Brighton, we moved on to Bournemouth and Poole, staying in a nice flat in Bournemouth, and attending a family get-together in Poole.  It was delightful.

Big group in PooleThe family get-together was particularly enjoyable, as we got to catch up with relatives we don’t often get to see.

Next day we set off back to West Yorkshire, via London and Manchester.

Since we have returned home, I have been learning to use the new software package to produce a good quality eBook of Holistic Counselling in Practice.***


Town HallPostscript: Next Saturday, Renata and I will be running a public event in the Town Hall, Hebden Bridge, to launch the Holistic Counselling book.  The event will run from 10.30 to 11.30am – 18 minutes of presentation by me, followed by questions and answers.  For further information, please go here: Meet the Author of Holistic Counselling in Practice: A Brief Event.***


More next week, perhaps on John Ashbery’s poems!

Best wishes,


Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling

Email address

Phone: 01422 843 629

ABC Coaching and Counselling Services, Hebden Bridge


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