Books on E-CENT and personal effectiveness

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

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Emotive-Cognitive Embodied-Narrative Therapy. 

Updated on 13th September 2018



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

Below, you will find details – initially – of our six 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:

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.

Learn more.***

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.


Learn more.***

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.

Learn more.***


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

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Book 1 of 3: A semi-autobiographical romp through a bit of the universe.

By Dr Jim Byrne

Paperback and eBook versions.

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Chill Out: How to Control Your Stress Level, and to have a happier life.

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18 ways to reduce your stress level

Paperback and eBook versions.

Learn more.***

REBT: Unfit for Therapeutic Purposes:


The case against RE&CBT

Paperback and eBook versions.

Learn more.***



Coming soon:

Lifestyle Counselling for

Committed Couples

And their counsellors

Committed Couples, Vol.1 

Volume 1 – Teaching and learning couple relationship skills: 101

By Dr Jim Byrne

With Renata Taylor-Byrne

Learn more.***

Safeguard Your Sleep

To enhance your success and happiness, at home and in work

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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 blog post.***


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:



We have also published a book on the subject of writing therapy (on 7th September 2016):

CoverNarrative Therapy Series, Volume 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.***



For more information, please go here.***


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)



Jim Byrne’s Autobiographical Novel

Metal Dog – Long Road Home: An 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.

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And what follows are the links for the paperback format: Amazon Canada
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For more information about this book, please go to: Metal Dog – Long Road Home:



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

by Jim Byrne

cover-image-finalThis book is designed to help the reader to resolve their emotional disturbances which are driven by old, painful, undigested experiences from their past.

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.

E-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.***



Book-cover-frontHolistic Counselling in Practice: An introduction to Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy *E-CENT)

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.

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
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Amazon in Italy Netherlands Amazon India


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



What effect did Albert Ellis’ childhood have on the philosophy of REBT:

Wounded psychotherapistA Wounded Psychotherapist: Albert Ellis’s childhood and the strengths and limitations of REBT, by Dr Jim Byrne

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


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.