Books on E-CENT and personal effectiveness

Books on Emotive-Cognitive Embodied-Narrative Therapy (E-CENT). 

E-CENT logo 1 red lineThe Institute for E-CENT is committed to producing a range of books on 
Emotive-Cognitive Embodied-Narrative Therapy. 

Updated on 5th January 2019



This is our introductory page of information about our personal and professional development books – which are related to: counselling, coaching, self-help, personal and professional development; and psychotherapy.

Below, you will find details – initially – of our eight most popular books – each of which exists as a paperback and as a Kindle eBook. books are designed to be helpful to counselling clients; self-help enthusiasts, and also as CPD resources for counsellors and psychotherapists, and students of personal effectiveness, counselling and psychotherapy, social work, psychology, etc.


If you want to read more information about any of these six books, please click the ‘Learn more’ link, and you will be shown a substantial overview of the contents of these books, including, normally, the contents pages, index and appendices, and extracts from chapters:

Top secrets for Building a Successful Relationship: 

1, Kindle Cover, SuccesSful, RelationshipKINDLE30.11 (2) Volume 1 – A blueprint and toolbox for couples and counsellors: C101

By Dr Jim Byrne, with Renata Taylor-Byrne

Prices from £6.65 (Kindle) to £19.48 (paperback)

Paperback and eBook versions

Learn more.***


REBT: Unfit for Therapeutic Purposes:


The case against RE&CBT

This is a detailed critique of the theory of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), as created and developed by Dr Albert Ellis.

Paperback and eBook versions.

Learn more.***



Lifestyle Counselling and Coaching for the Whole Person:

The Lifestyle Counselling Book

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

By Dr Jim Byrne, with Renata Taylor-Byrne

Paperback and eBook versions.

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How to Control Your Anger, Anxiety and Depression:

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Using nutrition and physical activity.

By Renata Taylor-Byrne and Jim Byrne

Paperback and eBook versions.


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How to Write a New Life for Yourself:

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Narrative therapy and the writing solution.

By Dr Jim Byrne, with Renata Taylor-Byrne

Paperback and eBook versions.

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Daniel O’Beeve’s Amazing Journey: From traumatic origins to transcendent love

The memoir of Daniel O’Beeve: A strong-willed seeker after personal liberation: 1945-1985

Transcribed by Jim Byrne

Available in paperback for £27.38 GBP:

Learn more: Daniel’s Amazing Journey.***


Facing and Defeating your Emotional Dragons:

How to process old traumas, and eliminate undigested pain from your past experience

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Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling

Prices from: £6.16p (Kindle) and £13.63 (Paperback) 

Paperback and eBook versions

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Holistic Counselling in Practice:

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

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By Jim Byrne DCoun FISPC

With Renata Taylor-Byrne BSc (Hons) Psychol

Prices from: £5.83p (Kindle) and £15.18p (Paperback)

Paperback and eBook versions

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Coming soon, in 2019:

Safeguard Your Sleep and Reap the Rewards:

Front cover, sleep book, Feb 2019

Better health, happiness and resilience

A detailed review of the science of sleep, and what this tells us about the importance of sleep for a happy, successful life

By Renata Taylor-Byrne

Introduced in a blog post.*** 


Available now:

Anger, resentment and forgiveness:

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How to get your inappropriate anger under reasonable control

 By Dr Jim Byrne

Paperback only at the moment…


Coming soon, in 2019:

The Relentless Flow of Fate

By Kurt Llama Byron
An Inspector Glasheen Mystery

For more, please click this link: The Relentless Flow of Fate.***

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:


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


In this book, you will find a very clear, 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). And we propose that it is better for counsellors and therapists to operate in a primarily right-brain modality, and to use the left-brain, cognitive processes, secondarily.

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.

There is also a chapter (8) on counselling individuals using our Emotive-Cognitive approach, in which there is a section (8.3(b)) on using the Holistic SOR model to explore many aspects of the lifestyle of the client.

To be more precise: The holistic SOR model states that a client (a person) feels and reacts, at point ‘R’ (Response), to a (negative or positive) stimulus at point ‘S’ (Stimulus), on the basis of the current state of their social-body-mind (or their whole Organism).  Important variables include the following:

How well rested and exercised are they? How high or low is their blood-sugar level (which is related to diet and nutrition)?

How well connected are they to significant others (which is a measure of social support)?

How much conflict do they have at home or at work?  What other pressures are bearing down upon them (for examples: from their socio-economic circumstances; physical health; home/ housing; work/ income; security/ insecurity; etc.)

And how emotionally intelligent are they? (Emotional intelligence is, of course, learned, and can be re-learned!)

Within the Holistic-SOR model (as shown in Figure 8.2 below), in the middle column, what we are aiming to do is to construct a balance sheet (in our heads) of the pressures bearing down on the client (person), and the coping resources that they have for dealing with those pressures.

In addition, there is Chapter 6, which teaches how to help the client to re-frame any negative experience, using six perspectives, or frames, or lenses. These Six Windows mostly conform to some of the best insights among the philosophical propositions shared by moderate Stoicism and moderate Buddhism. But we discard the harsh and unworkable elements of extreme Stoicism and extreme Buddhism.  This ‘Six Windows’ Model, which was created by Jim Byrne, with a contribution from Renata Taylor-Byrne, is easy to understand and easy to use.

Chapter 7 deals with how to understand and manage human emotions.  This chapter reviews a wide range of perspectives, including: Darwin and the evolutionary psychology perspective; the Buddhist and Stoic views; and many modern perspectives, including: neuroscience; cognitive science; interpersonal neurobiology; attachment theory; and affect regulation theory.  And that chapter includes a good deal of guidance on how to manage anger, anxiety and depression using a multifactorial approach which straddles diet, exercise, sleep, stress management, emotional self-management, mind-management, and so on.

And the book includes a quick review of a whole range of models and tools which we use in Emotive-Cognitive counselling, and which can be incorporated into the practices of integrative and holistic counsellors, psychologists and psycho-therapists.


Available now (from 17th March): To get your copy, please click the Amazon link which serves your geographical locality:  Anywhere worldwide

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



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 new book (in November 2017) – about how to control your anger, anxiety and depression, using nutrition and physical exercise – is now available at various Amazon outlets. (See the links below.  Most are available right now [like the UK, Canada, Italy, and Australia], but some will be somewhat slower to come on line [like the US and India]).

So far, more than 250 counsellors, therapists and others have 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 Christmas 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 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’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!

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 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).***


Forthcoming Books on E-CENT

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

How to manage your sleep for a happier, healthier life, by Renata Taylor-Byrne

How to manage your anger

How to reduce your anxiety…

How to eliminate depression…

A novel by Kurt Llama Byron, on the law of karma

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