We sell self-help books…and books about counselling and personal development
Books about anger, anxiety, depression; couple relationships; stress; diet, nutrition, physical exercise, and sleep science; plus counselling, coaching, and psychotherapy…
For self-help enthusiasts; students; counsellors, coaches, and psychotherapists; plus social workers and educators
Our self-help books, and books about counselling and related topics – both paperbacks and eBooks – are thoroughly researched, clearly written; edited; and published by the Institute for Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy (E-CENT).
Books by Dr Jim Byrne and Renata Taylor-Byrne
Cover designs by Charles Saul and Will Sutton
Updated on 19th August 2019
Hello, and welcome to this page of information about our self-help books.
We currently sell books on anger, anxiety, depression, couple relationships, and stress.
Plus the link between diet, exercise and sleep, on the one hand, and mental health and emotional well-being on the other. And a book about personality and destiny, and how to change them both.
We have also published one psychological mystery story; and one fictionalized autobiography; both for their therapeutic value.
On this page you will find details of our eighteen most popular books in print – many of which exist as a paperback and as an eBook (Kindle).
# individuals looking for solutions to current emotional, behavioural or relationship problems;
# self-help enthusiasts and counselling clients;
# plus professional helpers, like counsellors, coaches, social workers, educators, psychologists and psychotherapists; and students of those disciplines.
If you want to read more information about any of the eighteen books listed below, please click the ‘Learn more’ link, next to the cover, and you will be shown a substantial overview of the contents of the chosen book, including, normally, the contents pages, and extracts from some chapters and appendices.
If you know you want to buy a particular book, please click the ‘Learn more’ link. This will take you to the main page of information about that book; then scroll down to the links to the Amazon outlets, to buy your copy. All of our books are sold through Amazon.
Who Are You, And Where Are You Going?
Transformative insights from psychology and the philosophy of psychotherapy
By Dr Jim Byrne
With Renata Taylor-Byrne
Most people lead lives of quiet desperation. They don’t know who are what they are. They also don’t know what is driving their actions in the world.
Most people skip the challenge of becoming conscious about who and what they are; where they are located in time/history; and what is possible for such an actor in terms of future directions for a viable/enjoyable life.
Most people spend the whole of their life living as largely non-conscious victims of a script they wrote for themselves, with the aid of their parents, when they were less than seven years old, when they hadn’t got enough sense to write a really good outcome for themselves.
This book teaches you who and what you are; and in particular, it helps you to come to know your own personality, and your life script. It shows you how to change your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, including your relationship behaviours, in order to produce a better future for yourself. Change your destiny!
Anger, resentment and forgiveness:
How to get your inappropriate anger under reasonable control
By Dr Jim Byrne
This self-help book is based on twenty years’ experience by the author of providing anger management counselling and coaching to hundreds of individuals.
If you wan to stop wrecking your relationships, at home and in work, than this book is a must read.
It is based on a review of some of the most potent techniques and strategies for controlling your temper that were invented by thoughtful philosophers around the world and across the centuries.
It will give you mastery over you emotions, and the ability to forgive those who transgress against you, without being too passive.
Price: £14.75 from Amazon.
Safeguard Your Sleep and Reap the Rewards:
Better health, happiness and resilience
By Renata Taylor-Byrne
This book contains a detailed review of the science of sleep, and what this tells us about the importance of sleep for a happy, successful life.
Now you can begin to understand why you need sleep; how much you need; how to optimize your chances of getting a good night’s sleep; and what to do if you experience sleep disturbance. You will also learn how to defend your sleep against modern sleep-distractions.
If you wonder why you are gaining weight despite your attempts to diet; or your emotional intelligence keeps letting you down; now you can learn the links from those problems to your approach to sleep.
Price: £14.99 (GBP)
By Renata Taylor-Byrne
How to Quickly Fix your Couple Relationship:
A brief DIY handbook for serious lovers
This self-help book has been specially designed to provide some quick relief up front, for couples in trouble. That means that, right at the start of the book, I share with you some of the most powerful insights into how to have a happy relationships. I then help you to complete a couple of exercises that take five minutes per day, and which will begin to change your relationship situation almost at once.
Your approach to relationship will be transformed.
For more information: Learn more
How to Write a New Life for Yourself:
Narrative therapy and the writing solution.
By Dr Jim Byrne, with Renata Taylor-Byrne
Prices: from £4.22 GBP (Kindle) to £13.27 (paperback)
This how-to book contains in excess of twenty exercises to help you to get more of what you want from your life.
You will become clearer about your goals; and how to work towards them intelligently.
Journal writing, and various forms of writing therapy and reflective writing are included, with specific exercises for specific purposes.
Why not write a new and better life for yourself!
Top secrets for Building a Successful Relationship:
Volume 1 – A blueprint and toolbox for couples and counsellors: C101
By Dr Jim Byrne, with Renata Taylor-Byrne
If you want to know how to build a successful relationship, then this book is ideal for you. The author has more than twenty years experience of providing couples therapy and marriage guidance to individuals and couples. And he writes about many of the essential skills of couple relationship in this book.
Learn how to think and feel more effectively about your relationship; and how to communicate with your partner.
The rewards are great! You’ll be glad you changed!
Prices from £6.65 GBP (Kindle) to £19.48 GBP (paperback)
How to Control Your Anger, Anxiety and Depression:
Using nutrition and physical activity.
By Renata Taylor-Byrne, and Jim Byrne
This book argues that talk therapy is insufficient on its own. Changing your philosophy of life will not control your emotions, unless you also attend to your diet and exercise needs.
It is now increasingly being argued, by cutting edge scientists, that the root cause of physical and mental health problems is inflammation in the body, especially in the guts. The concept of leaky gut giving rise to leaky brain is increasingly being verified; and very often the causes of anxiety, depression and anger are to be found in the client’s diet; or their lack of physical exercise. Of course, sometimes the main cause of human disturbance is that stress levels are too high; or coping resources are too low; or the individual has an unrealistic or unhelpful philosophy of life. Or the individual did not get a good experience of how to manage their emotions in their family of origin. But it is also true that sometimes, the main problem is lack of physical exercise, or sugary diet, or caffeine, or inflammation in the guts and brain.
By Renata Taylor-Byrne and Jim Byrne
Prices: from £3.10 (Kindle) to £9.93 GBP (paperback)
Lifestyle Counselling and Coaching for the Whole Person:
Or how to integrate nutritional insights, exercise and sleep coaching into talk therapy.
By Dr Jim Byrne, with Renata Taylor-Byrne
This book has been found in practice to be very helpful to counsellors and psychotherapists who want to understand the role of lifestyle factors in human disturbance. Because diet, exercise and sleep are increasingly seen to be important determinants of mental health and emotional well-being, it is now necessary to rethink our models of counselling and therapy.
This book shows counsellors how to incorporate lifestyle coaching and counselling into their system of talk therapy. It will also help self-help enthusiasts to take better care of their own mental and physical health, and emotional well-being.
Prices: from £4.26 GBP (Kindle) to £12.64 (paperback)
Facing and Defeating your Emotional Dragons:
How to process old traumas, and eliminate undigested pain from your past experience
This self-help book presents two processes that are necessary for the digestion of old, traumatic or stress-inducing experiences.
The first looks at how to re-think or re-frame your traumatic memory; and the second is about how to digest it, so it can disappear.
Prices from: £6.16p (Kindle) and £13.63 GBP (Paperback)
Holistic Counselling in Practice:
An introduction to the theory and practice of Emotive-Cognitive Embodied-Narrative Therapy
By Jim Byrne DCoun FISPC
With Renata Taylor-Byrne BSc (Hons) Psychol
This book was the original introduction to Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy (E-CENT), which was created by Dr Jim Byrne in the period 2009-2014, building upon earlier work from 2003. It is of historic importance, but it has been superseded by Lifestyle Counselling and Coaching for the Whole Person, above.
Prices from: £5.83p GBP (Kindle) and £15.18p (Paperback)
A counsellor reflects upon models of mind
Integrating the psychological models of Plato, Freud, Berne and Ellis
Prices from: £5.99 (Kindle) and £14.99 GBP (Paperback)
This book explores some significant ways of thinking about the nature of the human brain-mind. Every counsellor needs to think long and hard about their perceptions of their clients. Are they based on ‘common sense’, or have they been subjected to the discipline of considering the theories of great minds that preceded us, like Plato, Freud, Berne and Ellis. (Ellis, of course, oversimplified the SOR model of mind into the simple ABC model, but he is still important because of his impact on the whole CBT theory, which currently dominates the field of counselling and therapy in the US, UK and elsewhere). The author provides a stimulating review of several theories of mind.
The Emergent Social Individual:
Or how social experience shapes the human body-brain-mind
By Dr Jim Byrne
Copyright © Jim Byrne, 2009-2019
The E-CENT perspective sees the relationship of mother-baby as a dialectical (or interactional) one of mutual influence, in which the baby is ‘colonized’ by the mother/carer, and enrolled over time into the mother/carer’s culture, including language and beliefs, scripts, stories, etc. This dialectic is one between the innate urges of the baby and the cultural and innate and culturally shaped behaviours of the mother. The overlap between mother and baby gives rise to the ‘ego space’ in which the identity and habits of the baby take shape. And in that ego space, a self-identity appears as an emergent phenomenon, based on our felt sense of being a body (the core self) and also on our conscious and non-conscious stories about who we are and where we have been, who has related to us, and how: (the autobiographical self).
Processing Client Stories in Counselling and Psychotherapy:
How to think about and analyze client narratives
Dr Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling
The Institute for E-CENT Publications – 2019
Copyright © Jim Byrne, 2019. All rights reserved.
Of all the systems of counselling and therapy, the main ones that pay attention to the body of the client include Gestalt Therapy, and my own system of Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy (or E-CENT for short).
In E-CENT counselling, when a client arrives to see us, we see a body-brain-mind-environment-whole enter our room. We agree that this person will begin by telling us a story about their current difficulties; but we recognize that this story is affected, for better or worse, by the quality and duration of their recent sleep patterns; their diet (including caffeine, alcohol, sugary foods, and trans-fats in junk food); and whether or not they do regular physical exercise; and other bodily factors.
However, in this book, we will mainly focus upon the client’s story or narrative; and perhaps remind ourselves occasionally that this story is being told by a physical body-brain-mind which is dependent for optimal functioning upon such factors as diet, exercise, sleep, and so on. We will focus upon the question of the status of autobiographical narratives; and how to analyze the stories our clients tell us.
The next book – A major critique of REBT – replaces our original critique of REBT – which was titled Unfit for Therapeutic Purposes. We have added a 22 pages Preface which summarizes the bottom line of Dr Byrne’s critique of REBT; plus some detail about the way in which physical and psychological pain are processed through largely overlapping neurology and brain areas.
A Major Critique of REBT:
Revealing the many errors in the foundations of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy
Also, we have added a reference to the research which shows that emotional pain and physical pain are both mediated and processed through significantly overlapping neural networks, which contradicts Dr Ellis’s claim that nobody could hurt you, except by hitting you with a baseball bat or a brick.
This is a comprehensive, scientific and philosophical critique of the foundations of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, as developed by Dr Albert Ellis. Almost nothing is left of REBT when the dust settles, apart from the system called Rational Emotive Imagery, which Dr Ellis borrowed from Maxi Maultsby.
Price: £23.58 GBP
If you want to know the essence of our critique of REBT, but you don’t want to have to read 500+ pages, then this 150 page summary should appeal to you:
Discounting Our Bodies:
A brief, critical review of REBT’s flaws
This book is a brief, summary critique of the main errors contained in the foundations of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) theory. And especially the invalidity of the ABC model, which asserts that nothing other than beliefs intervenes between a negative experience and an emotional-behavioural reaction. (The body is ignored, een though we know that diet, exercise and sleep patterns all affect our emotional state and our emotional resilience!)
Paperback only (at the moment). Price £9.50 GBP
The Amoralism of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT):
The mishandling of self-acceptance and unfairness issues by Albert Ellis
This book is an extensive, detailed critique of two of the central ideas of REBT:
(1) The concept of ‘unconditional self-acceptance’; and
(2) The idea that life is fundamentally unfair, and that it should be accepted as such, and never complained about.
In the process we also deal with Albert Ellis’s idea that people should never be blamed for anything; that praise and blame are bad; that guilt and shame are to be eliminated, and never taken to be indicators that we’ve done something wrong. Along the way we have a debate with Dr Michael Edelstein about the role of fairness in couple relationships.
Albert Ellis and the Unhappy Golfer:
A critique of the simplistic ABC model of REBT
By Dr Jim Byrne
This is a book of reflections upon a case study, presented by Dr Ellis in his 1962 book about the theory of Rational Therapy.
The ‘unhappy golfer’ is in Dr Albert Ellis’s office, in New York City, somewhere around the end of the 1950’s. He tells Dr Ellis that he feels terribly unhappy about being rejected by his golfing peers, and Dr Ellis tells him: This is something you are doing to yourself!
Ellis uses the unhappy golfer to introduce his readers to his simple ABC model of Rational (REB) Therapy, which claims – in those places that matter most – that a person cannot be upset emotionally in any way other than by their own beliefs!
This book sets out to refute this simplistic idea.
Daniel O’Beeve’s Amazing Journey: From traumatic origins to transcendent love
Transcribed by Jim Byrne
It is rare that any of us gets a chance to peer inside the life of a troubled individual, from a dysfunctional family, and to have our lives enriched by their struggles for freedom and self-understanding. Furthermore, their quest for love in a cold world can motivate us to keep trying to promote our own emotional liberation.
Available in Kindle eBook for £5.54 GBP
And in paperback for £27.38 GBP:
The Relentless Flow of Fate
By Kurt Llama Byron
An Inspector Glasheen Mystery
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Paperback only at the moment, for £11.95 GBP
Fiction is a great vehicle for teaching and learning about social relationships, psychological problems, and the law of karma.
If you are interested in learning from two highly creative, hard-working, and free-thinking scientific and philosophical researchers/writers, who care deeply about human suffering, and who refuse to follow the crowd, then please take a look at our books, above.