Lifestyle counselling and coaching for the whole person

Posted on 13th July 2020


We have now updated, revised and expanded our lifestyle counselling book:

Lifestyle Counselling and Coaching For the Whole Person (2):

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

Updated and expanded edition, 2020

By Dr Jim Byrne (With Renata Taylor-Byrne)

Front cover, Lifestyle Counselling, 2020

In this book, you will find a very clear, relatively brief, easy to read introduction to a novel approach to ‘counselling the whole person’. This emotive-cognitive approach does not restrict itself to mental processes.  We go beyond what the client is ‘telling themselves’, or ‘signalling themselves’; or what went wrong in their family of origin.

We also include how well they manage their body-brain-mind in terms of diet, exercise, sleep, and emotional self-management (including self-talk, or inner dialogue).


Here are five samples of social media feedback on this book:

Johanna Thullbery, LMHC, MA, CGP (On LinkedIn): “As a licensed professional counselor, I have studied and practised an integrative approach for the past 5 years. The research on links between inflammatory processes and brain health may soon reach a critical mass of practitioners. Although some clients seem to need the quick fix of medications to jump-start their behavioral changes, many have improved their mood and anxiety management through lifestyle changes without resorting to pharmacological interventions. I look forward to reading your book to discover new techniques in this exciting field.”

Tori Dabasinskas “Great work Jim! It’s this “lifestyle” theme that we highlight thru our WIT  Professionals benefit (program) that we offer to companies. Your heart, writings and research in your work are so appreciated.”

E Baird (On LinkedIn): “Thank you for your brilliant version of therapy.  It has highlighted some realities of the individual situation that, truly, medicine/ psychoactive drugs alone will not address”.

Charles Westheafer (On LinkedIn): “Hi, I’ve been operating from this perspective for a very long time. For a short example, I have criticized CBT for being TOO focused on Left hemisphere thinking for 40 years”.

Leanne Jackson “Couldn’t agree more…. as a Pharmacist, Clinical Psych and Neuropsychologist, my first line of treatment recommendations are based on lifestyle factors… sleep hygiene, exercise and diet.. Without these, results are poor….and of course, appropriate psychological therapies, depending ….. In most cases, pills aren’t necessary”. 


The most important, and novel, chapters in this book are as follows:

Chapter 4, which summarizes our research on the impact of diet/nutrition and physical exercise on mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Chapter 5, which reviews the science of sleep hygiene, plus common sense insights, and presents a range of lifestyle changes to promote healthy sleep, and thus to improve mental and emotional wellbeing.

Chapter 9, which explains how to incorporate the learning from chapters 4 and 5 into any system of talk therapy or counselling.


LinkedIn comments on 27th March: On the Psychology Network Group:

Feedback on Lifestyle Counselling and Coaching for the Whole Person:

– “Sounds great indeed….. !” (Dr Rossano Wells).

– “Very good to have published a book of this kind Doctor. Congrats”. (Jean Felix Aimable NTAKIYIMANA, PhD).

– “I’m looking forward to reading it!” (Tamaiiko Singleton).

– “Such a necessary resource! Mazel Tov on elevating the world”. (Shira Goldberg).

– “Congratulations to you”. (Samira Rahmani).

Furthermore, on this group alone238 individuals clicked that they *Liked* this book! (Increased to 299 by 26th April!)


Reissued in 2020: In this expanded and updated 2020 edition, we have included two appendices as follows:

– Appendix A: How to assess your clients’ lifestyle patterns and habits

– Appendix B: How to change your habits

Appendix A contains a lengthy assessment instrument which we give to all of our clients who sign up for our full lifestyle change process.

Appendix B contains two sections.  The first teaches a behavioural approach to habit change. The second teaches a habit substitution process.

We have also expanded and updated Chapter 6, (on how to reframe any experience in order to reduce emotional upsets).

For more information about the content of this book, please click this link.***


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