ABC Bookstore Online UK
Self-help books; counselling psychology-related books; personal development books; and problem-solving books…
Book topics include: Relaxation (PMR); Writing therapy and reflective writing; Childhood trauma; Diet, exercise and sleep for problems of anger, anxiety and depression; Sleep problems; Couple relationships; and much more besides…
“Our mission in life is to research, write and publish the books that will make the most dramatic improvement to your life, and to the philosophy of counselling and psychotherapy, in the shortest amount of time, for the most reasonable cost!”
Jim Byrne and Renata Taylor-Byrne
Lifestyle Coaching/Counselling researchers and writers: August 2021
Hello and welcome to the ABC Bookstore Online (UK)
On this site you will find a range of highly effective books which have proved their ability to help individuals to change their lives for the better; in terms of physical and mental health; and emotional well-being.
On this first page you will find the top two to four books in each of our main categories: self-help; counselling and psychotherapy; sleep science; couple relationships; and books about rational and cognitive therapy. Plus links to additional information.
Jim Byrne and Renata Taylor-Byrne, September 2021
Fifteen self-help books…
How to write a new life for yourself:
Self-counselling and personal growth using regular journal writing
By Dr Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling
This self-help book will teach you 20 strategies for improving your capacity to solve the problems that keep you stuck in your present life; to plan a better future; and to clean up the problems inherited from your past.
This is the book that helps you to write a new road map for better health, wealth and happiness, and to take control of your life. Write it down and make it happen! Time is ticking away!
For more information, please click this link: How to write a new life for yourself, in your journal.***
Relax Your Way to a Better Life:
Using Dr Jacobson’s Progressive Muscle Relaxation technique for physical and mental health
Relax your way to a better life. Switch off the tension that underlies your stress, anxiety, depression, unhappiness and vulnerability to physical illness; and switch on physical and mental health and happiness.
This is the book that helps you to get in touch with the sweet, soft feeling of total relaxation and the joy of being alive!
Tension is a source of personal misery, and of physical and mental health problems. Relaxation is the undoing of tension and stress, which improves physical and mental health. But it cannot be done with alcohol, drugs, sex addiction, or other forms of escapism. It requires you to learn what it feels like to be tense, and then to let than tension go. This book will teach you what do do and how to do it.
Here is a quick introduction from the author:
For more information, please click this link: Relax and enjoy it.***
Transforming Traumatic Dragons:
How to recover from a history of trauma – using a whole body-brain-mind approach
By Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling
By Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling, September 2021
I created this revised and updated book – (with Renata Taylor-Byrne) – to help individuals – (who had traumatic experiences earlier in life) – to be able to digest their traumatic memories, and resolve any negative symptoms resulting from their traumatic experiences.
This book is designed to help you
– to understand what trauma is;
– the various forms of post-traumatic stress;
– including the nature of complex childhood development trauma;
– and also, most importantly, to help you to recover from your traumatic past.
Most adult-onset PTSD occurs in individuals whose resilience towards managing stress has been damaged by childhood developmental (or ‘complex’) trauma.
Our major aim is to teach you how to slowly and cautiously process, or digest, old emotional traumas, so they can be healed. I have developed three processes to help with the process of digesting your traumatic wounds:
– A process of re-framing, derived from moderate Buddhism and moderate Stoicism;
– A process of confronting memories in the form of written reflection/digestion exercises from Gestalt therapy, psycho-dynamic therapy, and communications theory; and:
– An ‘interoceptive’ process involving writing therapy; breath work; physical activity; eye-movement desensitization; and attending to bodily sensations.
For more information about this featured book, please click this link: Childhood developmental trauma: Facing and defeating dragons.***
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
To understand where you are going in life, you have to understand where you have been, and the nature of the roadmap you are using. But even more important than those requirements, you need to have a clearer idea of who you actually *are* – beyond the labels that life has attached to you! (If you seem to be lost, does that not speak loudly about the quality of your personal map of life?)
This self help book is the one that teaches you that you are not the limited being you think you are; that your personality can be reformed; that you can change your habitual feelings; and even the urges that control who you choose as a marriage partner.
For more information, please click this link: Change your destiny; improve your life.***
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Books for counsellors and psychotherapists
On this page you will find a few books for counsellors, psychotherapists and others who help people with their emotional and behavioural problems.
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.
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, below.
Prices from: £5.83p GBP (Kindle) and £15.18p (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
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 will show 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)
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)
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).
For more, please click the following link: More books for counsellors…
On this page you will find details of two books specifically on the subject of couple relationships; plus one on family conflict which is also helpful for couples. These books are helpful for two audiences:
– Individuals or couples who want to develop expertise in managing a loving relationship more effectively, for happiness and success; and/or:
– Counsellors and therapists who want to learn more about how to help people with couple problems.
How to Have a Wonderful, Loving Relationship:
Helpful insights for couples and lovers
By Jim Byrne (with Renata Taylor-Byrne)
Originally published with the title, Top secrets for Building a Successful Relationship, in 2018. Reissued with a new title and minor changes in November 2019.
Do you sometimes feel that you are just reliving your parents’ relationship? The unworkable, misery-inducing pattern that you witnessed in childhood? If so, you are probably right. That is most often how relationships turn out, unless you wake up and begin to change your unconscious pattern of relating.
Most human beings long to be engaged in a loving relationship with another person who they like and admire, and who likes, admires, loves and respects them in turn.
But most people have no idea how to bring this about.
A few lucky people will automatically ‘know’ what to do, non-consciously, because they had parents who openly demonstrated their love for each other.
If your parents did not love, like, respect and/or care for each other; or they failed to demonstrate active love for you; then you are going to have to learn from scratch. But do not despair. The answers to your problem can be found in this book…
PAPERBACK BOOK AND LOW-COST KINDLE EBOOK, ON RELATIONSHIP AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS…
Find out how to reprogram yourself for a loving, joyful, peaceful relationship that enriches your life, instead of making you miserable and disappointed. To find out some more about this process, please click this link.***
How to Quickly Fix your Couple Relationship:
A brief DIY handbook for serious lovers
This book has been specially designed to provide some quick relief up front. 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.
For more information: Learn more
How to Resolve Conflict and Unhappiness: Especially during Festive Celebrations:
Coping with and resolving frustrations, disappointments and interpersonal clashes at family celebrations like Christmas, Yuletide, Hanukkah, Eid, and Thanksgiving
Dr Jim Byrne (With Renata Taylor-Byrne)
Conflict can happen in families at any time of year. It jut so happens that the first Monday after the Christmas & New Year annual holidays is called ‘Divorce Day’, because that is when the highest number of divorce petitions is issued. And it seems most likely that the other major family holiday times are the runners up in the divorce stakes. However, what is hidden under these divorce statistics is the mountain of personal and social misery that precedes such drastic ‘solutions’ to repeated conflict, disappointments and interpersonal clashes.
But there is a better way to deal with these problems. Rather than letting the misery build up over time, you can take control of both your own mind, and the way you communicate within your family and society. You can insulate your social relationships from constant or repeated misery and unhappiness; and learn to have a wonderful life with your family and friends.
The solutions have been assembled by Dr Jim Byrne in this book about how to re-think/re-feel/re-frame your encounters with your significant others; how to communicate so they will listen; how to listen so they can communicate with you; and how to manage your lifestyle for optimum peace, happiness and success in all your relationships.
PAPERBACK AND eBOOK ON CONFLICT RESOLUTION…
Don’t let your relationships deteriorate. Get the solution today. Click this link for more.***
How to Stop Wrecking Your Mental, Physical and Emotional Health:
Answers from the science of sleep
This book addresses many important questions about sleep, including the following:
Why should we be committed to getting high quality, undisturbed sleep? (The physical and mental health benefits).
What causes common sleep problems? And:
How to fix common sleep problems, like insomnia. (This includes looking at foods that promote sleep; and foods that destroy sleep. Plus how to manage your lifestyle in general to promote healthy sleep – which, in turn, gives you a healthy life. And also how to manage your mind, and your sleep environment, to reap the great rewards of regular, nourishing and regenerating sleep experiences).
…For more information about this book, please click this link: Sleep science and your health.***
How to Sleep Like a Baby – Every single night:
Without drugs or alcohol.
By Renata Taylor-Byrne
Insomnia is a growing problem in the Anglo-American world, due to the pressures of neoliberal economic policies, and growing inequality, and intensified exploitation of workers at every level.
Insomnia is defined as the inability to fall asleep, in the first ten or twenty minutes of being in bed. It can also include the tendency to wake up again, a couple of hours after going to bed.
How to Sleep Like a Baby – Every single night is a self-help book designed to quickly help you to: Overcome insomnia without drugs or alcohol.
- Set your room up for a good night’s sleep;
- How to manage your body, brain and mind to optimize your chances of sleeping soundly every night;
- and what to do to overcome insomnia if you find yourself sleepless.
Books that analyze and criticize the core theories of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)
On this page you will find four books that criticize various aspects of the theory and practice of REBT. Two more will be added later.
The first book is a comprehensive deconstruction of REBT.
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 with a baseball bat.
Price: £23.58 GBP (Paperback) and £6.99 GBP (Kindle).
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!) It is based on material from the major critique, above.
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 of life as being 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. (This material is also based on chapters from the major critique above).
Albert Ellis and the Unhappy Golfer:
A critique of the simplistic ABC model of REBT
By Dr Jim Byrne
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 REBT, which claims 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.
This bookstore is owned and run by Dr Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling; and Renata Taylor-Byrne, Lifestyle Coach.
We are based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, and we spend most of our time researching and writing books that can help you to improve the quality and quantity of your life!
Email: Dr Jim Byrne