ABC Coaching and Counselling Newsletter

ABC Newsletter

News and updates about ABC Coaching and Counselling Services in 2017

And about Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy (E-CENT)

23rd December 2017



natajim-coaching-counsellingThis year – 2017 – has been a great year for ABC Coaching and Counselling Services, and the Institute for E-CENT.

Firstly, Jim completed 19 years in private practice as a coach, counsellor, psychotherapist; helping more than 1,000 people in the process.

Secondly, Renata completed her first 5 years at ABC, building upon her 35 years in further education, including the teaching of counselling, stress management and diet and nutrition courses.

Thirdly, Jim and Renata published two new books on counselling-related topics, as follows:

How to control your anger, anxiety and depression, using nutrition and physical exercise

Unfit for Therapeutic Purposes: The case against Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (RE & CBT)

Holly - CopyAnd Jim published a fictionalized and fantasized version of his personal mythology – which is also an exploration of his self-analysis, from childhood to the age of 40 years.  He promotes it as an autobiographical novel – but it is really an exploration of how to use narrative and myth to explore one’s own journey through life.  This is it:

Metal Dog – Long Road Home: A mythical journey through the eye of a needle


2017B Psychological models of REBTFourth, the Institute for E-CENT, which was established by Jim and Renata in May 2007, celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Fifth, we made three new pamphlets available, on our critique of Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (RE&CBT).  Here:

REBT pamphlets…

And we repackaged some of our articles and papers on counselling subjects, here:

E-CENT articles papers…

Sixth, we have completely restructured our homepage, so that it contains more useful information, and links to informational pages.  Homepage.***

Renata has continued to post helpful and informative blogs, here: Renata’s Lifestyle Coaching Blog.***

And Jim has surprised himself by managing to get eight blog posts out this year, here: Dr Jim’s Counselling Blog.***

Any other additions to our website can be found by scanning down the Site Map page.***


Prospects for 2018

Jim & Renata's logo
ABC Coaching and Counselling Services

We are excited by our work plans for 2018.

Jim plans to publish a three volume series on couple relationships, based on his 19 years’ experience of providing couples therapy to dozens of couples.  And he plans to start writing about the question of how counsellors can best understand the relationship between what we call ‘thinking’, and what we call ‘feeling’.

Renata is enjoying researching and creating a new study, for a book on the impact of sleep on our health and happiness – and our emotional wellbeing, – and how meditation enhances and supports the sleep process.

We will continue to see individual clients, for which services our fees will be increased from January 2018.  (These increases will not apply to our existing clients, until the middle of March.  But they will apply to new clients with immediate effect).


We want to take this opportunity to wish everybody a very happy and peaceful and restful Christmas, Yuletide, Hanukkah, and Winter Holiday 2017-8.

Our highest wish for you in 2018 is this: That you love each other, and strive for good mental health!

Jim and Renata

ABC Coaching and Counselling Services

Contact details…


ABC Newsletter

6th July 2016

Book-cover-frontThis is the first substantial Newsletter since September 2015.  In this issue, we include the most important developments of the recent past, from ABC Coaching and Counselling Services, and the Institute for E-CENT.

New book on Holistic Counselling in Practice

The big event of the recent past has been the announcement, on 4th July, that our new book is now available at Amazon.  This book is entitled, Holistic Counselling in Practice: An introduction to Emotive Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy (E-CENT)***

In announcing the book, we made a number of points, including the following:

“We are changeable and complex creatures, and our diets, exercise regimes and thoughts; the amount and quality of sleep; the quality of personal relationships; our social and financial situations; and the general level of stress hormones in our bodies; all play a significant part in how we experience our lives.

“To change our lives for the better, we have to take all these factors into account. Otherwise the changes we desire won’t come about, or won’t last.  It’s not enough to simply change your self-talk, or inner dialogue, or to think more positively, or to visualize a better life for yourself!

Dr Jim's photo“That’s why, after fifteen years of research into most of the major theories of therapy, (Dr Jim Byrne has) created a counselling model which finally takes all of these important aspects of human functioning into account.”

To see the book at Amazon, please go to Holistic Counselling in Practice.***

Or take a look at the additional information, here: Holistic Counselling in Practice: An introduction to Emotive Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy (E-CENT)***


New website at WordPress

Blue-logo7After many years of basing our website at (using the address), we recently moved to a mobile-friendly site at WordPress (using the new address of

This has involved a great deal of work, but at last our main pages are up and running, here:

Please take a look and see what you think of the new, mobile-friendly design.


New website for the E-CENT Institute

ecent-logo3In the process of moving from, we also decided that we would give the Institute for E-CENT its own website, with its own separate identity.  You can find it here: E-CENT Institute.***

And you might be interested in the following main pages:


Free Public Talk on E-CENT Counselling

Town HallOn Saturday 20th August, at 10.30am, there will be a free public talk, for one hour, on the subject of E-CENT counselling.  If you are in the UK at that time, and near to Hebden Bridge, you would be welcome to come along.  The details of the event are as follows:

Meet the Author:

Dr Jim talks about ‘Holistic Counselling in Practice’

At Hebden Bridge Town Hall, in The Space (meeting room), St George’s St, Hebden Bridge HX7 7BY.

The SpaceCommencing at 10.30 am, Jim Byrne will present a brief (18 minute) description of the origin and development of Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy (E-CENT); after which there will be a question and answer session.

Session ends by 11.30pm.

The café downstairs would be a good place to congregate to at the end of the presentation, to reflect on the event, to network, and where a  light lunch and refreshments will be on sale.


To reserve a place at this event, please email

Or phone Jim or Renata on 01422 843 629.

Or just turn up on the day and hope there is a seat left.


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