Welcome to the Institute for Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy (E-CENT)
The Institute for Emotive-Cognitive Embodied-Narrative Therapy (E-CENT) was established in March 2007, by Jim Byrne and Renata Taylor-Byrne.
The core mission of the institute is to review the most prominent and most promising models of the human body-mind, created by the major philosophers and psychologists, from the time of the Buddha and Plato to modern times.
These include the models of Plato, Aristotle, Freud and the post-Freudians; Ellis and the cognitive-behaviourists; Attachment theory, Object relations, and Affect regulation theory; Interpersonal neurobiology; Transactional Analysis, Zen Buddhism and Moral philosophy; and many other useful ideas and theories.
In E-CENT counselling, we teach some of the core insights of Buddhism and Stoicism. Here’s a simple example of how that works:
The Buddha said: “Get a grip on your mind”.
The core of the work of an E-CENT counsellor is designed to help our clients to get a grip on their mind; their thinking; their feeling states; their behaviour patterns. (2b)
However, unlike the Buddha, and because of historical changes, we emphasize that you will never get a grip on ‘your mind’ unless you realize you are actually a body-brain-mind-environment whole; and you have to take seriously the self-management of each of those elements, especially by paying attention to diet, exercise, nutritional supplementation, (which were not big issues in the time of the Buddha), as well as meditation and self-discipline of your thinking-feeling (which were!)
Dr Jim Byrne and Renata Taylor-Byrne
We work very hard to promote awareness of the links between diet, exercise, relaxation, meditation, on the one hand, and the quality of our mental functioning on the other.
The aim of all these efforts is to ensure that Emotive-Cognitive Embodied-Narrative Therapy (E-CENT) has the most useful and well-informed model of the human body-brain-mind-environment to guide our counselling and therapy activities.
So, in addition to being a secure base for our clients; and teaching them more empowering ways to think, and to manage their emotions; we also introduce them to: Meditation; relaxation; physical exercise; balanced diet; vitamin and mineral supplementation; and other important elements of body-mind hygiene.
Update 2016: This year we have celebrated the ninth anniversary of the creation of the Institute for E-CENT. In that time we have written and published 28 papers on various aspects of E-CENT theory, plus seven books (written; plus one adopted), which apply E-CENT to various problems, such as how to be happier, how to reduce stress, and so on. We have also produced 65 video clips on various aspects of E-CENT.
The Institute for E-CENT arose out of the philosophical crisis in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), in 2004-7, and it is the first post-REBT/CBT institution to set about the challenge of resolving the tension between logical imperatives and moral imperatives. This we set out to do through the development of Emotive Cognitive Embodied-Narrative Therapy (E-CENT)***, which also incorporates moral philosophy and critical thinking at its very foundations.
And we have written 17 additional papers on models of body-mind, on the New Writing on E-CENT page.***
E-CENT counselling and therapy is holistic, seeing the client as a socialized-body-mind with innate drives and urges, which have encountered various positive and negative experiences, at home and in school (and at work). We consider it important to help the client to review their diet, exercise regime, self-talk (or inner dialogue), family life, current relationships, work and career, as well as feelings, thoughts and behaviours. We also promote physical relaxation and meditation, and mindful awareness.
Dr Jim Byrne.
The therapeutic functions of E-CENT are natural outgrowths of our integration of body-mind-relationships-attachment-environment. This has been explored in our publications, which are available here (books)***, and here (papers)***.
The second integration that we took on, and have largely completed, is the integration of the individual self and the social network, through the modelling of mother-child interactions, and the investigation of narratives and discourses of community development and personal connection and responsibility. This work was begun in a couple of E-CENT papers, and then brought together in a new book which is due to be published within a matter of weeks. Watch this space!
The third integration that we have undertaken is the integration of the Freudian, the Bernian and the Ellisian models of the human psyche, into a new model of mind, in which: the body, (diet and exercise [plus relaxation and meditation]); the brain, (brain food, blood sugar, and brain/mind development); the environment, (relationships, right livelihood, living conditions); personal narratives, (stories, scripts, frames, beliefs, attitudes, values); and a sense of “something bigger than the self”, (a spiritual practice, or a community involvement); are all treated as potentially equal contributors to personal happiness and mental tranquillity.
Over the past nine years, a great deal of work has been done towards taking our mission forward. Dr Byrne has written more than twenty-seven papers and seven books on some of the key questions in Emotive-Cognitive Embodied-Narrative Therapy (E-CENT), and those books and papers can be found and purchased from the E-CENT Publications pages, here for papers*** and here for books***.
Today, this work continues. For example, on our new page, New Writing on E-CENT.***
Membership of the Institute is open to counsellors, psychotherapists, counselling psychologists, social workers, youth workers, and students and supporters of those disciplines which are in sympathy with the E-CENT approach. See the Membership Services page for details – or email firstname.lastname@example.org***.
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E-CENT counsellors teach the following lesson to their clients: We have to manage our self in order to lean towards the Good Side and to avoid Evil. Why is this the case? Because: “’Humanity’ does not exist. There are only humans, driven by conflicting needs and illusions, and subject to every kind of infirmity of will and judgement”.
Prof. John Gray (2003) Straw Dogs: Thoughts on humans and other animals. Page 12. (3)
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