Books about E-CENT counselling and related subjects

Books by Dr Jim Byrne and Renata Taylor-Byrne

Updated on 27th July 2018


natajim-coaching-counsellingWe are committed to producing an interesting range of books on Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy, and Lifestyle Coaching.  This series of books is designed to be helpful to both counselling clients, self-help enthusiasts, and also as CPD resources for counsellors and psychotherapists.

As at 27th July 2018, we have published nine paperbacks and five eBooks. (And there are two new paperbacks in the pipeline; e.g. the Happy Couple Relationship book described below; and a book on Sleep and Mental Health, by Renata Taylor-Byrne).

If you are interested in learning from two highly creative, hard-working, and free-thinking intellectual and philosophical researchers/writers, who care deeply about human suffering, and who refuse to follow any organisational line, then please take a look at our books:

Book Descriptions

Lifestyle Counselling and Coaching for the Whole Person:

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

Copyright (c) Dr Jim Byrne, with Renata Taylor-Byrne, 2018


Cover, full, revised 7- Feb 13 2018

In the pages of this book, you will find a detailed introduction to the theory and practice of one of the most recent, and most comprehensive forms of holistic counselling and psychotherapy.

This new system (for helping people to optimize their positive experiences of life, and to process their negative experiences), necessarily deals with emotions, thinking, stories and narratives, plus bodily states; and thus is called Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy (E-CENT).

And the bodily states of the client are assumed to include the effects of what they eat and drink – and don’t eat or drink – their level of regular physical exercise, and the quality of their regular sleep patterns.

But these authors do not wish to proselytize for this system.  They would be happy to have individual counsellors and therapists, from all the schools of counselling and therapy, experimenting with adding some small elements of their innovations into their own, idiosyncratic systems for helping their own clients.

This book has been designed to be helpful for three audiences:

(1) Counsellors, psychotherapists, coaches, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, educators and others;

(2) Students of counselling, psychotherapy, psychology, psychiatry, social work and related disciplines; and:

(3) Self-help and personal development enthusiasts.

The content of this book has been a long time incubating, at the very least since 2001 when I first tried to defend the ABC model of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) by relating it to the three core components of Freud’s model of the mind (or psyche):

… In Chapter 4, Renata Taylor-Byrne and Dr Jim Byrne present brief but compelling evidence, from reliable sources, that

(1) dietary changes and physical exercise can produce dramatic reductions in levels of anger, anxiety and depression;

(2) anti-depressants are not nearly as effective as has been claimed (and that physical exercise alone is as effective at curing depression as are antidepressant drugs; and the exercise outperforms the drugs in the longer term);

(3) that drug companies hide negative trial results;

(4) that the real pills often fail to outperform placebo (sugar) pills;

(5) that the real pills are often totally ineffective;

(6) that they seem to be addictive, and difficult to get off in some cases; and

(7) they have serious side effects (in some cases involving suicidal ideation).

And in addition, the authors agree with those theorists who have argued that physical exercise is at least as effective as anti-depressants; and also that some forms of dietary change can and do reduce and/or eliminate depression, and also reduce anxiety and anger.

Counselling and therapy systems have normally ignored the convincing evidence that exercise and diet can change our emotional states.  But that tendency is changing, and there is a huge and growing demand for the ideas contained in this book.


Available now: To get your copy, please click the Amazon link which serves your geographical locality:  Anywhere worldwide

Or Amazon India


For more information about this book, please go to the following link: Counselling the whole person!***



The E-CENT Narrative Therapy Series – Volume 1

How to Write a New Life for Yourself:

Narrative therapy and the writing solution

By Jim Byrne (with Renata Taylor-Byrne)

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Author’s introduction: In this book, I provide you with a road-map which will support you in building a bridge into a better future for yourself.

I have used a more gradual approach than Julia Cameron.  I want to help you to begin with small steps; in an easy, simple way; and to slowly build up your ‘writing muscles’.

In the process, you will develop a great capacity to manage your thinking-feeling-perceiving more reasonably; in a more self-regulated fashion.  You will become more intuitive; more creative; and a more efficient and effective problem-solver.  You will be less troubled by stress and strain, and more likely to succeed in achieving whatever goals you want to pursue!

Good luck with your exciting journey!

Now available from an Amazon outlet near you: Amazon Canada
Amazon Australia Flycrates Amazon Germany
Amazon Italy Amazon India Amazon France
Amazon Spain Buying from Singapore Amazon Japan

For more information about this book, please click this link: How to Write a New Life for Yourself.***

Or go to this link:


A New Guide to

Happy Couple Relationships

 Volume 1 – Foundational knowledge and skills for lovers


Copyright (c) Jim Byrne, 2018



To do that – to get in touch with our feelings of love – we have to understand love and relationship at least as well as we understand how to do our work, how to drive, or how to practice our hobbies or recreational activities.

According to a well-known Rolling Stones song: “We all need someone to lean on…”.  However, if you over-rely upon your partner, and lean on them too much, you will become vulnerable to falling over if they step back.  So you need to have some degree of autonomy from your partner, as well as feeling you can rely upon them when you need their support.

We are essentially social, connected and related beings, and not completely separate individuals.

…For more, please click this link: Happy marriage or couple relationships!***


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

by Renata Taylor-Byrne and Jim Byrne.  Copyright (c) 2017, Renata Taylor-Byrne and Jim Byrne

Front cover, 8Our (2017) book – about how to control your anger, anxiety and depression, using nutrition and physical exercise – is available at various Amazon outlets. (See the links below.

Before the book even appeared at Amazon, more than 250 counsellors, therapists and others indicated a high level of interest in this book, with many requesting to be informed when the book becomes available.  And as soon as they were informed, the sales began to occur, quite rapidly! This is a clear measure of how badly needed this resource is, by professionals who know their clients are bodies as well as minds; and by individuals who know they need to do something radically different – like taking control and responsibility – in order to ensure their own emotional wellbeing, by managing their lifestyle.

The book provides some clear guidelines regarding those foods which need to be excluded from your diet, in order to be healthy and emotionally well.  It also contains lots of stimulating ideas to help you to produce your own ‘personalised diet’ and exercise plan. And we have expanded Part 6 to provide a comprehensive guide to how to change any habit, so that readers can actually make the kinds of changes to diet and exercise approaches that appeal to them.

If you’re one of those individuals who has been waiting for the book to arrive, then you can get the paperback here, for less than £10.00 GBP!

And if you are looking for a present for a counsellor, coach, psychotherapist, social worker, health worker, or self-help enthusiast, then this could be a good solution for your gift need:  Amazon India

For more information on this book, please click this link:


The life of Daniel O’Beeve: In three volumes

Daniel O’Beeve and the Wee History of His Part of Old Ireland

 Book 1 of 3

A semi-autobiographical romp through a bit of the universe

By Jim Byrne

Published by The CreateSpace Platform, in association with the Institute for E-CENT Publications: Hebden Bridge. 2018


Description of this book:

Front cover 1This book is primarily about Daniel O’Beeve; a little Earthling of no particular consequence.  But his journey is psychologically illuminating.

However, the first thing I have to do is to introduce somebody other than Daniel O’Beeve.  This might seem odd, but everything about me and my life is decidedly odd – and Daniel’s is even odder.  And the character I must introduce is a little, blue alien…

For more, see below.


Contextual clue from Daniel O’Beeve

‘It took a long time to construct a new language – a personal language – and a language of the heart (in order to make sense of my life, and to write this story).  I got lots of insights into “language construction” from novels, by authors like Joseph Heller, Ursula Le Guin, Graham Green, Ken Kesey, Kurt Vonnegut, and many, many more.  One thing I learned from Ursula Le Guin was this:

“The (graphic) artist deals in what cannot be said in words. The artist whose medium is fiction does this in words. The novelist says in words what cannot be said in words.”

‘I learned more sociology and social psychology from Ursula Le Guin’s “science fiction” than I ever did from my academic studies’.

‘And in this book, I use a thousand interacting word-mirrors to capture the light of truth, in a network of reflections and shadows’.

For more, please click this link: Daniel’s history of old Ireland.***


NTS eBook No.2 – Healing the Heart and Mind: Two examples of writing therapy stories, plus reflective analysis, by Jim Byrne

Because of the intensity of my distress, I eventually had to seek help to make sense of my barren life.  This began the journey of therapy, including much writing therapy, which I describe in this book.  Here is an extract from the end of the book:

“Underneath the cumulative, interpretative experiences of this organism (or ‘person’), sitting here writing, there is the original, pure ‘capacity to be aware’ that existed before the first experience came in through my eyes, ears or skin.  And that capacity to be aware is universal, and can be experience every day through meditation. And that capacity to be aware is capable of reinterpreting everything that was once interpreted, and reformulating every one of its early conclusions (that can be made conscious), or overwriting them with a new orienting set of interpretations (when they cannot be made conscious).

“And now – after completing my therapy (much of it in writing) – my basic orientation in the world is turned on its head.  My orientation towards my fellow humans is turned upside down….

You’ve got to do your therapy – face to face or in writing – in order to reclaim your original potential as a wonderful, joyful, creative human being!


“Was this 61 year journey worth the effort?


To find out how I processed my story of origins, and my story of my relationship with my mother – and how you could process and resolve your difficult stories from the past – please click the Amazon link that serves your area of the world:

For more on narrative therapy eBooks, please click this link: Written narratives as therapy.***



Teaching the client about the nature of love is one of the most difficult challenges a counsellor faces:  “There are no short-cuts to understanding what love is.  If someone has been deprived of the crudest infantile experience of love then he might be permanently crippled or, at least, have great difficulty in learning later what the word can mean.  In learning what it symbolizes, I need to re-write my autobiography over and over again.  To grow is to re-organize the past now and to move into the future”.

Robert F. Hobson, Forms of Feeling: The heart of psychotherapy, Page 212. (25)

Chill Out, coverChill Out: How to Control Your Stress Level, and to have a happier life, by Dr Jim Byrne

Third revised and expanded edition: 2012.  The purpose of this book is to teach the reader what stress is, and how to combat it. It contains eighteen techniques for reducing physical and mental strain, and to enhance environmental control.  It is written in the form of a self-help manual, with spaces for self-reflection exercises. However, it could also be used by counsellors, counselling students, and interested others, as a means to learn, understand and present the E-CENT approach to Stress Management in counselling, coaching and therapy contexts.  If you need to control your stress, or you want to help others to do so, then this book is exactly what you need to read.


The more you read and re-read this book, and the more you apply the techniques described here, the more your coping resources will increase, and the less will you be affected by the fixed stressors in your life.

It is advisable to end your engagement with this book by constructing an action plan, as described in Chapter 10.  If you want to maximize your chances of reducing your stress level, you should apply yourself diligently to implementing your own, personalized action plan.


“If you learn some of the techniques in this book, you will be able to enjoy life much more at home and at work, as you get your stress levels under control.  You will no longer need to lash out at those people who put pressure on you, or to give in to every demand that life throws at you.  You will begin to develop a sense of real mastery in your life.”


To purchase a copy of this 206 page book, please go to one of the following outlets:

To get your paperback copy, please click the Amazon link which serves your geographical locality:


Or you can get a Kindle eBook version, here:

For more information about this book, please click the following link: Chill Out and reduce stress.***


The psychodynamic approach to counselling emphasizes the way the past experiences of the client distort their present, through the operations of the non-conscious part of their mind:
  “People find themselves in relationships or in situations, even in relation to themselves, which are unproductive but somehow compulsive, leaving them in pain, (or) tense, (and) confused.  They simply can’t understand it.  And their failure in understanding has to do with the fact that the motivation behind (their relationships, actions and attitudes) is often unknown; they are (in fact) unconscious feelings, experiences, and intentions which were relegated to the unconscious because they were painful at the time (when they originally occurred).  They remain there, shut off from modification or reality-testing by later experience.


Brigid Proctor (1978) Counselling Shop: An introduction to the theories and techniques of ten approaches to counseling.  London: Burnett Books.  Page 25. (29)



NTS eBook No.5 – Facing and Defeating your Emotional Dragons: How to process and eliminate undigested pain from your past, by Jim Byrne

The author describes two potent processes which were developed as part of the core of Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy (E-CENT).  They are both supported by good approaches to diet and exercise!

The first is a way to reinterpret our past experiences which were too horrible to confront when they happened, way back in our childhood or early life.  These experiences are what we call our ‘emotional dragons’, or ‘undigested traumatic experiences’.

The second is a way to digest and dissolve those ‘dragons’ so that they can disappear from your life, and no long cause you any problems in the present moment.

These two processes are illustrated via some interesting case study material from E-CENT counselling. And there are appendices on how to rate your emotional problems accurately, plus helpful guidelines for the use of diet and exercise to manage your emotional problems.  Also, there are some useful insights into personality adaptations we tend to make to our family of origin.

The reader will come away with an arsenal of techniques and ideas to help them heal their undigested emotional traumas from the past.

ecent logos 3E-CENT counsellors teach their clients how to go back and dig up the undigested dragon experiences from their past, and to ‘complete’ them: which involves feeling the feelings and having the thoughts that we ran away from in our earlier lives, and thus exorcising those troublesome ‘ghosts’ and ‘ghouls’ in the basement of our minds.  Once we have chewed through those experiences, our health and happiness tend to improve, and the world looks and feels like a much better place to live.


For more on narrative therapy eBooks, please click this link: Written narratives as therapy.***


Jim Byrne’s Semi-Autobiographical Novel

Metal Dog – Long Road Home: A semi-autobiographical novel – or ‘revised personal mythology’ – by Dr Jim Byrne

Buy your copy of this book here. It is available in eBook format and also in paperback.

Here are the links for the eBook format: Amazon Canada
Amazon Australia Amazon Netherlands Amazon Germany
Amazon Italy Amazon India Amazon France
Amazon Spain Amazon Brazil Amazon Japan

And what follows are the links for the paperback format: Amazon Canada
Amazon Australia Amazon Netherlands Amazon Germany
Amazon Italy Amazon India Amazon France
Amazon Spain Amazon Brazil Amazon Japan

For more information about this book, please go to: Metal Dog – Long Road Home:



The most thorough critique of Rational Therapy currently available:

A critical review of the childhood of Albert Ellis and the impact of his suffering on the shape of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)

‘A Wounded psychotherapist’ is a critical enquiry by Dr Jim Byrne.  It is an analysis of both the childhood of Dr Albert Ellis (the creator of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy [REBT]), and how some of those childhood experiences most likely gave rise to certain features of his later philosophy of psychotherapy.  If you have ever wondered what the roots of REBT might have been, then this is the book for you.  it explores the childhood difficulties of Albert Ellis, and links those difficulties forward to the ways in which REBT was eventually shaped.  It also identified the strengths and weaknesses of REBT, and proposes an agenda for reform of this radical system of psychotherapy. Available now from Amazon, in two formats:

Paperback: for as little as £6.66 GBP

Kindle: for as little as £6.89 GBP

Buy it now: A Wounded Psychotherapist: The childhood of Albert Ellis, and the limitations of REBT/CBT

Amazon in the US Amazon in UK (and Ireland)
Amazon in Canada Amazon in Italy
Amazon in Germany Amazon in France
Amazon in Japan Amazon in Australia

For more on this book, please go here: Albert Ellis’ Childhood: A Wounded Psychotherapist! ***


Unfit for Therapeutic Purposes: The case against RE&CBT

The book that reveals the fundamental falsehoods at the heart of REBT/CBT

Cover444Many of this author’s criticisms of REBT apply equally to all forms of CBT which utilise the ABC model of human disturbance.

Dr Byrne begins by showing that Dr Ellis was wrong on two major counts:

Firstly, Ellis’ claim that there is a difference in degree of disturb-ability of humans and other animals, and that the cause of that difference is the existence of language, and the capacity that provides to humans to think about their experiences, and to think about their thinking.  Dr Byrne presents scientific evidence to refute this line of reasoning by Dr Ellis.

And secondly, Ellis’s claim that he had evidence (in the form of a foundational case study) that people are upset by their thinking, plus their thinking about their thinking.  In a line by line analysis of the relevant text from Dr Ellis’ 1962 book, Dr Byrne destroys the basis of this false claim.

Byrne then explores the value and veracity of some of the core principles of Stoicism , which are built into REBT/CBT, and finds that they do not stand up to scrutiny!

There are at least seven key errors in the foundations of REBT, many of which overlap CBT practice.

These systems of therapy are enjoying a short-lived popularity which will end in tears.

If you are an REBT or CBT therapist, then you need to review the content of this book, to understand the errors at the heart of this system of extreme Stoical philosophising about human emotional and behavioural disturbances.

And if you are a student who is considering using some elements of REBT in your future counselling or therapy work, then you need to read this analysis.  You need to know that it is based on some serious errors which, it is not too strong a claim to state, are forms of madness!

It is madness to deny the impact of the social environment upon the body-brain-mind of the client.

It is madness to blame the client for their emotional disturbances.

And it is madness to copy the delusions of a first century Roman slave, instead of being informed by the research evidence of modern social psychology, neuroscience, and interpersonal neurobiology!

Get this book today, if you want to eliminate these errors from your own thinking and your own work.  Or you want to avoid learning them in the first place.  This book will also inform you of the importance of fairness and morality in counselling and therapy, and improve your capacity to think about the human body-brain-mind, and the true causation of emotional disturbances.

Get the book here, now: Amazon Canada
Amazon Australia Amazon Netherlands Amazon Germany
Amazon Italy Amazon India Amazon France
Amazon Spain Amazon Brazil Amazon Japan

Or, to read more about this book on the problems with REBT, please click the following link: Unfit for Therapeutic Purposes (REBT).***


The culmination of nine years of research, application and writing – reflecting eighteen years of counselling experience – this book on holistic counselling will change how many counsellors think about human nature and culture; how they understand their clients’ body-mind-environment-whole interactional processes; how they help their clients to change and grow.  (However, please note: This book has been largely replaced by the publication of our Lifestyle Counselling and Coaching for the Whole Person, above).

If you want to know the shape of this book in advance, try to imagine this: (1) A subtle integration of key elements of rational, cognitive and behaviour therapy, with psychoanalysis, transactional analysis, affective neuroscience, attachment theory, narrative therapy and affect regulation. (2) A range of models and techniques which are easy to introduce and apply with clients. (3) And guidance on how to understand human emotion, and how to manage anger, anxiety and depression.

This 315 page paperback, which is illustrated in full colour, has been available from Amazon since 4th July for £41 GBP (or $53 USD) – but now it is available as an e-Book (of 395 pages equivalent) for just £6.11 GBP (or $7.99 USD).

Get your eBook copy now, from any one of the following Amazon outlets: Amazon in Canada
Amazon in Germany Amazon in Spain Amazon Australia
Amazon in Italy Netherlands Amazon India

For more information, please go here.***

Forthcoming Books on E-CENT

There are also eight other books on applied E-CENT in the pipeline:

Sleep and mental health, by Renata Taylor-Byrne

A three volume series on the E-CENT approach to happy relationships and couples therapy. By Dr Jim Byrne.  Hebden Bridge: E-CENT Publications.

How to be Happier… This is a revised edition of a previous publication of ours.

How to Control Your Anger: A holistic/E-CENT approach.  By Dr Jim Byrne.  Hebden Bridge: E-CENT publications.  Description: This book is presently being expanded and rewritten.

How to reduce your anxiety…

How to eliminate depression…

Think Your Way to Improved Self Confidence. By Dr Jim Byrne.  Heben Bridge: E-CENT Publications. Description: This book is currently scheduled for complete revision.



Paperback books.***

Lifestyle Counselling for the Whole Person

How to Write a New Life for Yourself

How to Control your Anger, Anxiety and Depression, Using nutrition and physical activity

Holistic Counselling in Practice: An introduction to Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy (E-CENT)

Stress management book: Chill Out!

Albert Ellis – A wounded psychotherapist

Dr Jim’s semi-autobiographical novel: Metal Dog – Long Road Home.

Unfit for Therapeutic Purposes: The case against Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

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

Lifestyle Counselling and Coaching for the Whole Person: Or how to integrate nutritional insights, physical exercise and sleep coaching into talk therapy



eBooks on Narrative Therapy and Therapeutic Writing.***


Dr Jim’s autobiographical novel: Metal Dog – Long Road Home.***


♣ 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
Site Map for ABC Coaching and Counselling Services ⊕ Visit the Institute for Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy (E-CENT) ⊕ ABC Newsletter


We issued an earlier (much less developed) book on the subject of writing therapy (on 7th September 2016):

Narrative Therapy Series

CoverVolume 1

Narrative Therapy and the Writing Solution:

An emotive-cognitive approach to feeling better and solving problems

This eBook begins with a substantial section designed to get the reader quickly and easily engaging with the processes of writing therapy.  Practical exercises are outlined, along with the rationale for doing them, including the scientific evidence of effectiveness in promoting physical health and emotional well-being.

Part 2 then begins by identifying a major problem for humans.  We are born into families within communities, and those groups speak a language and promote a discourse, or conversation, about the nature of life, and our place and role in that world.  We are thus dominated from childhood by narratives and stories that are not our own, in the sense of being consciously chosen or designed by us, individually, to promote our own interests.

The contents are as follows:


Part 1: Quick Guidelines for Doing Your Own Writing Therapy – Summary – 1.1 Introduction – 1.2 – Initial guidelines – 1.3 – Focus on cause, effect and feelings – 1.4 – The Pennebaker scientific tradition – A precise guideline – 1.5 – Further clarification – How it works – The benefits – Self-observation –

Part 2: Therapeutic Narratives and Writing Therapy: The two main traditions and the E-CENT approach – Summary – 2.1 – Humans as storytellers – 2.2 – The scope of this section – 2.3 – What is a therapeutic narrative? – Table 1.1 Areas for personal development – 2.4 – What is writing therapy? – 2.5 – Is writing therapy effective? 2.6 – Who should use writing therapy? – (a) Who is most likely to benefit from writing therapy, and in what circumstances? – Table 1.2: Circumstances in which writing therapy is beneficial, with supporting evidence – (b) Who should be excluded from writing therapy processes for their own protection? – 2.7 – How should an individual guide their own therapeutic writing? –

Part 3 – Conclusion – Key learning points overall


This book is volume 1 of our new Narrative Therapy Series. It is currently available from Amazon from any of the outlets shown below.  Get it now while it’s cheap!

Amazon links:

For more on narrative therapy eBooks, please click this link: Written narratives as therapy.***


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