ABC Bookstore Online UK

For self-help books; counselling psychology books; and personal development books

Subjects include: anger, anxiety, depression; marriage and couple relationships; stress, relaxation and sleep problems; conflict resolution; rational and cognitive therapy; self-management; life management; counselling topics; plus improving your physical and mental health…


“Our mission in life is to research, write and publish the books that will make the most dramatic improvement to your life, in the shortest amount of time, for the most reasonable cost!”

Jim Byrne and Renata Taylor-Byrne,

Lifestyle Coaching-Counselling innovators: January 2021


“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Without books, civilization would have been impossible. They are engines of change, windows on the world, ‘lighthouses’, as a poet said. ‘erected in the sea of time’. They are companions, teachers, magicians, and bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print”.

Barbara Tuchman, (Quoted in, Walk with the Wise: An invitation to see life differently, by Tim Binder and Ron Owen, 2010)


If you want help to improve the quality and quantity of your life, you have come to the right place! 🙂


Updated on 24th January 2021

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Books teach us how to extend our minds and our lives beyond those of our parents and our teachers: To grow and change. To become more interesting, creative, competent and successful, independent-minded, and rounded human beings.

Books are treasure troves of vital information about:

– How to live well;

– How to be happy, healthy (physically and mentally), successful and wealthy;

– And how to change, grow and improve, personally and professionally.


How to Write a New Life for Yourself, by Dr Jim Byrne

Kindle Cover WriteANewLife (2)

Writing on a regular basis is like acquiring a second brain.  Processing your daily experiences through reflective writing is one of the most effective ways of promoting personal and professional change and improvement in your life situation, at home and in work.

The author presents more than twenty of his most potent reflective writing exercises; including those that have made the greatest improvements to his own life circumstances, especially health and happiness, problem solving, and enjoyable relationships.

…Read more…


Relax Your Way to a Better Life:

Using Dr Jacobson’s Progressive Muscle Relaxation technique for physical and mental health

A, Progressive muscle relaxation book, 2By Renata Taylor-Byrne, Lifestyle Coach-Counsellor

You might think you know what it’s like to relax; but the truth is that most people never relax fully.  They carry stress, tension and mental strain with them from morning till night, and then, because they are tense, they have difficulty sleeping.  Prolonged tension causes inflammation in the body, and is linked to many chronic diseases.  Tension also detracts from our moment to moment sense of happiness and ease.

The moment you learn to relax fully, most of the apparent threats and dangers that surround you will dissolve like the early morning mist when the sun warms up the world!  Try it and see.

…Read more…


Transforming Traumatic Dragons:

How to recover from a history of trauma – using a whole body-brain-mind approach

Front cover 2, Dragons Trauma book June 2020By Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling

Revised, expanded and updated: Coming soon… Available by Easter 2021…

The author wrote this book to help individuals (who had traumatic experiences earlier in life) to be able to digest those traumas, and resolve any negative symptoms of having been traumatized.

The book describes three potent self-help processes which were designed to guide the reader in slowly and cautiously processing, or digesting, old emotional traumas, so they can be healed.  The journey on offer is one from constant fight-or-flight emotions (like anger or anxiety); or from being switched off, zoned out, and unconnected to others; to one of returning to the original state of safety and security of being safely held in a loving mother’s arms – (the arms of a life you can now manage!)

For more information, click this link.***


Front cover 1How to Resolve Conflict and Unhappiness- this Christmas and New Year

Coping with and resolving frustrations, disappointments and interpersonal clashes at family celebrations like Christmas, Yuletide, Hanukkah, Eid, and Thanksgiving

This book was originally written to teach individuals how to mange the common flashpoints of family gatherings at Christmas time.  Over the years, it has been used by individuals from all faith communities, to help them cope with interpersonal tensions, frustrations and disappointments link to religious, spiritual, or secular family reunions: (Christmas, Easter, Eid, Hanukkah, Diwali, and so on). This book will teach you to develop a philosophy of life, and a set of interpersonal skills, which, in unison, will make all your family reunions a source of joy, and minimize the flash-points and falling-outs!

…Read more…


How to Control Your Anger, Anxiety and Depression:

Using nutrition and physical activity

Front cover design 3The authors were persuaded, like so many victims of the “cognitive turn”, that all that mattered in terms of reducing your anger, anxiety and depression, was to “watch your language”. Or to “keep your beliefs in line with reality”. However, just as any fool who persists in their folly will (very often) become wise, they eventually realized that some of their counselling and therapy clients were angry, anxious or depressed for non-psychological reasons.  That is to say, they were upset because they ate the wrong kinds of (brain-affecting) foods; and failed to get enough exercise to burn off their stress hormones.  For this reason, they began to explore just what they and their clients needed to learn – about food/ diet/ nutrition, and physical activity – in order to keep themselves emotionally well regulated.  In this book, they present all the information you need to make the changes in diet and exercise that will improve your mental and physical health.

…Read more…


How to Reduce and Control Your Anxiety Level:

Using a whole body-brain-mind approach – (Cutting through the Worry Knot!)

Front cover 2

Anxiety is not a disease; not a mental illness. Anxiety – at its best – is part of our normal, innate, mental signalling system which tells us what is happening to us, and what to do about it.  That is to say, it is part of our emotional wiring. Our emotional intelligence.

Trying to get rid of anxiety with drugs is like hanging two overcoats and a duvet over your burglar alarm bell when it goes off.  The burglar alarm is designed to give you helpful information, which you can then use to guide your action. Should you check to see if a burglar has got into your house? Or call the police? Or realize that you’ve mismanaged your alarm system, producing a false alarm, and that you should therefore switch it off?

Getting rid of the alarm signal, by dampening it down, defeats the whole object of having it in the first place!

This book explains how to manage your anxiety, and keep it under control, without the use of (largely useless) drugs. Instead, the focus is on your lifestyle habits, and your philosophy of life. Rapid progress in mastering your anxiety is possible with this book.

…Read more…


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Shelf 2 – Self help and personal development books.***


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