Paperback books by Dr Jim Byrne (with Renata Taylor-Byrne)

Paperback books published by the Institute for E-CENT Counselling


natajim-coaching-counsellingSo far, as at 13th September 2017, we have published five paperback books, as follows:



Book-cover-frontHolistic Counselling in Practice: The book

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


In these pages 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).

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.


“I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Holistic Counselling book by Dr Jim Byrne.  It is an in-depth exploration of E-CENT counselling theory that demonstrates Dr Byrne’s holistic approach – not merely towards the counselling process but to our experience of life itself. From early attachments to the anxiety-nutrition connection and beyond, I found Holistic Counselling in Practice to be an engaging insight into Dr Byrne’s unique and compelling theory.”

Jill Bamber, Lecturer in Counselling, August 2016


For more, please go to the page about Holistic Counselling in Practice.***


Chill Out, coverStress management book: Chill Out!


This book contains a comprehensive self-training program in stress management.  It will help you to restore your sense of ease, relaxation and happiness.  It sets out to explain what stress is, how to assess it, map it, and control it.  You will encounter a range of techniques and strategies designed to increase your coping resources for dealing with the stress in your life, at home and at work, and in the wider world.  If you only learn one or two of those techniques, that will give you a minimal level of protection from stress.  If you learn half a dozen of them, that will be like training yourself in the martial arts before going into battle every day.  But if you learn a dozen or more, then that will be like putting on a suit of armour to protect yourself from external pressures.  You will have enormous resilience in the face of life’s pressures.

You can use this book by reading it from cover to cover, and doing each of the personal reflection activities as you come to them.  Or you can choose to go straight to a particular chapter that you think you might find most helpful.

…For more information, please click the following link to go to the page on Chill Out: the Stress Management Book.***


Wounded psychotherapistAlbert Ellis – A wounded psychotherapist

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:

…For more, please go to the page on Albert Ellis’s Childhood.***


front-cover2Dr Jim’s autobiographical novel: Metal Dog – Long Road Home.

This book is the nearest thing you will ever find to an autobiography of the first forty years of the life of Jim Byrne, the creator of Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy (E-CENT).  However this is not how Jim describes it.  Instead, he writes: “This text is my ‘revised personal mythology’. That is not to say that it is untrue.  The core of the story is true to my recollection of my felt experience.  But it is embellished with elements of another person’s life; plus hundreds of years of Irish history/mythology; and several strands of mysterious ‘fictional’ story, about the timeless struggle of good against evil; of love against hate and ignorance; and of the heroic journey of an innocent goat and a curious boy, from passive victimisation towards the possibility of personal liberation, with the help of a mysterious ‘tall woman’. It is a story of hope and despair; of courage and cowardice; the quest for love and belonging; and of the alchemical power of curiosity and perseverance”.

…For more, please go to Metal Dog – Long Road Home.***



Cover444Unfit for Therapeutic Purposes: The case against Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Many 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’s 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’s 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!

…For more, please go here: RE & CBT is unfit for therapeutic purposes.***


Renata Taylor-Byrne and Jim Byrne
Front cover design 3Multiple causes of emotional distress and mental health problems
It is also important to recognise that there are several obvious causes of emotional disturbance and mental health problems, and not just poor diet and lack of physical exercise. The main causes seem to include:
+ Stress and trauma
+ Suboptimal diet (derived from nutritional epidemiology studies)
+ Sedentary behaviour (so exercise!)
+ Obesity (which is ‘an inflammatory state’)
Gut health! (Which can benefit from both nutrients and friendly bacteria, like lactobacillus supplements)
+ And perhaps other sources…
Although improved diet and adequate exercise can have an effect upon stress levels, this is unrealistic in relation to psychological trauma. Psychological trauma from past relationships can only realistically, or effectively, be tackled by talk therapy, especially therapies like Affect Regulation therapy and Attachment therapy, and more modern forms of psychoanalysis. So we are not talking about replacing talk therapies with dietary and exercise approaches, but rather of adding diet and exercise interventions to the toolkit of counsellors, psychotherapists and counselling psychologists.
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Under development:
we are currently working on a new book as follows: