ABC Coaching and Counselling Services offers professional counselling, psychotherapy and coaching services,
in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire; and by telephone, email and Skype/webcam all over the world.
Plus some CPD courses and learning resources for counselling students; postgraduate students; qualified counsellors;
and self-help enthusiasts.
The ABC services are based upon the theory and practice of Cognitive
Emotive Narrative Therapy (CENT) - which incorporates CBT/REBT, depth psychology
and humanistic (client centred) approaches. More specifically, we integrate REBT/CBT, Transactional Analysis (TA), Narrative
Therapy, Attachment Theory, Object Relations, Zen Buddhism and Moral Philosophy.
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Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT); Rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT); Cognitive emotive narrative therapy (CENT);
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single conversation across the table with a wise person is worth a month's study of books".
Together we can rewrite the story you're living!
Coaching and Counselling
Quote No.1: Philosophy of counselling:
can help us to change our lives for the better, but we often resist any form of change. According to one psychoanalyst: “We (normally) resist change. Committing ourselves to a small change,
even one that is unmistakably in our best interest, is often more frightening than ignoring a dangerous situation. We
are vehemently faithful to our own view of the world, our story. We want to know what new story we are stepping into
before we exit the old one. We don’t want an exit if we don’t know exactly where it is going to take us,
even – or perhaps especially – in an emergency…”
Stephen Grosz (2014), The
Examined Life: How we lose and find ourselves. Page 123. (-1c)
characterizes mental health (or emotional well-being – JWB) is ... how quickly we can deal with each #crisis so we can
get on to the next one”. M. Scott Peck
Counselling and coaching work:
The solution to your problem is here!
Our services are organized into six divisions, as follows:
We offer a range of counselling, coaching and psychotherapy
services - in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire - and all over the world via the telephone, email and computer-aids.
Our services are based upon the theory and practice of Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy (CENT) - which incorporates CBT
counseling, depth psychology and humanistic (client centred) approaches to counselling, coaching and therapy.
and Coaching Quotation No.2: Philosophy of counselling:
Counselling clients may often feel split,
and in mental turmoil, with little idea of how to proceed. They are caught in an inner battle which was originally analysed
and explained by Dr Sigmund Freud: “(Sigmund Freud) demonstrates
how the battle between instinctual urges and the inhibiting external world, a battle that begins in childhood, changes its
character with the progressive building up of the psychic personality. He divides the latter into an instinctual
unconscious id (or ‘it/thing’ – JWB), a rationally oriented ego (or sense of self –
JWB), and an ethical-moral, critical agency, the super-ego (or ‘over-I’ – JWB), which develops
on the basis of identifications (with mother, father, teachers, etc. – JWB). The circumstance that each of these
inner agencies pursues its own goals leads to the insight into the dynamic aspect of mental life … (or why we experience)
… psychic conflict”.
Anna Freud (2005) The Essentials of Psycho-Analysis. Page 3.
“Hope is like
a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence”.
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Membership of this club entitles you to:
1. Unlimited access to a range of more than 20 self-help and self-study
resource pages, covering subjects from ‘What is counselling?’ through ‘What is TA?’ and ‘What
is REBT?’, to expert inputs on how to control anger, anxiety and depression; and many others;
2. A monthly Club Newsletter, containing valuable information and advice
on various aspects of the field of counselling, psychology, psychotherapy, and self-help;
3. A monthly video presentation, by Dr Jim Byrne, on his latest thoughts,
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These informational pages,
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approaches to the integration of different systems of counselling and therapy.
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of the Counselling Blog...
by Dr Jim Byrne, Copyright (c) Jim Byrne, 2013
I decided to restore
this counselling and psychotherapy blog after thinking about the need for a direct line of communication with the readers
of this website.
I had stopped producing my blog because it took up so much of my time every week.
So, in future, it will be briefer, and leaner,
and have less emphasis on visual images.
Today I have been thinking about ‘wisdom'. What is it, and how can be it
sought? Can it be achieved?
It seems to me that we live in times of low or non-existent wisdom, as more and more individuals chase the god of
money and material ‘success'. Alcoholism and drug abuse are at all time highs, as are relationship disintegration
and reports of emotional misery.
Here's a little video log that I made this morning, on the philosophy of counselling and psychotherapy. I think
it contains some useful ideas for counsellors, psychologists and psychotherapists everywhere:
To watch this video,
please click THIS LINK, or
click the screen that follows:
taught that we should not seek fame or fortune, because those things were beyond our control. They would argue that
we should seek to be good people, good citizens, good neighbours, good family members, and that we might reap some reward
from those good efforts. However, we are transitory beings, in a world of inevitable suffering. Therefore, we
should expect frustration and difficulty.
For more, click this link for Jim's Counselling Blog.***
Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy - Articles and papers
Free Papers on Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy (CENT)
There are now 27 papers on various aspects of the theory and practice
of Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy (CENT) available on this page.
This includes 9 papers on REBT (Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy),
under the heading "The
REBT birth-mark on the embryo of CENT"*** click here...
Updated: 7th July 2014:
CENT Paper No.25 was recently added... On the subject of good and evil...
We are currently working on CENT Paper
No.26, which is a review of models of mind by major theorists from Plato, through Freud, Jung, Adler, and the behaviourists,
cognitive behaviourists, object relations and attachment theory, and on and on... Watch this space; or go to http://www.abc-counselling.com/id518.html for a preview...
The Foundations of Cognitive Emotive
Narrative Therapy (CENT)
The main papers which laid the foundation for the
development of Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy (CENT) were as follows:
(2009/2012) What is cognitive emotive narrative therapy (CENT)? CENT Paper No.2(a). Updated May
2012. Hebden Bridge: The Institute for CENT. Brief
extract: CENT is defined in terms of the models of therapy used. The CENT message to clients
is this: "We deal with your emotions. We look at the connection between your
thinking and your emotions; your experience and your emotions; your meanings and your emotions; your emotions and behaviours;
and the stories within which you live your life. We encourage you to change your self talk; your habitual behaviours; and
to work on your bodily health and the story of your life. We try to provide the best possible analysis of the potential reasons,
in the basement of your mind, for your current dysfunctional thoughts-feelings-behaviours. We aim to provide a 'secure base'
for you within the therapeutic relationship." This descriptive introduction will be helpful for clients
and professionals. (The June 2012 update arose out of a decision to return to the use of the Stimulus>Organism>Response
model). Pages: 7. Available online: What is CENT counselling?***
Byrne, J. (2009) An
introduction to the 'Windows Model' of CENT. CENT Paper
No.3. Hebden Bridge: The Institute
for CENT. Brief extract: The Windows Model is the core model
of Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy (CENT). It is predicated on ‘frame theory', which suggests that all of
our perceptions are interpretative, and that our interpretations are driven by non-conscious,
habit-based ‘framings' of incoming stimuli, through our senses. The ‘frames' that we use to interpret incoming
stimuli are nested sets of inferences, which are derived from past experience. Depending upon the negativity or positivity
of the frame through which you are perceiving an incoming stimulus, you will produce a correspondingly negative or positive
emotional/behavioural response. Pages: 16. Available online: The Six Windows Model of CENT counselling***
Byrne, J. (2009) The "Individual" and his/her Social
Relationships - The CENTPerspective. CENT Paper No.9. Hebden Bridge:
The Institute for CENT. Brief extract: This paper begins
with a recapitulation of the author’s approach to rethinking the model of the human individual implicit in Rational
Emotive Behaviour Therapy, using some of the core concepts of Freudianism to provide a structure. Next, the text
returns to Freud’s writings to review some of those concepts, and in particular to challenge Feud’s view of human
sexuality. The result is a more general view of power relations between children and parents, and emotional difficulties
arising out of those conflicts, rather than through psychosexual stages of development. The text then reviews
the theory and perspective of the Object Relations school of psychology/psychotherapy. This psychodynamic orientation
sees relationship as being central to what life is about. It is not an optional extra. Human babies
are ‘born to relate’. Relationship is integral to the survival urges and survival strategies of humans. Pages: 48. Available online: The roots of the 'individual' are social and relational***
For more, please go to the CENT Articles and Papers page.***
Here are some video clips to help you to get a flavour of the ABC Coaching and Counselling
Services approach to counselling and therapy:
|Coaching and counselling quote No.3: Philosophy
of counselling: |
and their clients need to be aware that we humans are delusional beings, who cannot see ourselves objectively: “What people say about themselves can … be very confusing, for the
simple reason that most of us aren’t very objective about ourselves. That’s why, when we measure personality,
we don’t just ask people point-blank what they think they are like. We give them a questionnaire, like the Big
Five Inventory, carefully designed to elicit telling responses. That is also why (Prof. John) Gottman doesn’t
waste time asking husbands and wives point-blank questions about the state of their marriage. They might lie or feel
awkward or, more important, they might not know the truth”.
Malcolm Gladwell: Blink:
The power of thinking without thinking. (1bii)
“A counselling client may be overburdened by
pressures at home and at work, and they need to learn how to increase their coping capability”. Dr Jim Byrne
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Models of mind for counsellors and psychotherapists
On the fundamental splits and compartments in the
By Dr Jim Byrne, Copyright (c) Jim Byrne, April 2014
Model of Mind
tripartite model of the mind, or soul, is essentially quite simple. He sees the mind as being split between competing
powers, like a charioteer striving to control two conflicted horses. The charioteer is the reasoning faculty in the individual.
The more materialistic ‘horse’ is an expression of our most basic appetites, or our appetitive self. The
third element is a bit more complex.
In two of Plato’s dialogues, in which he features Socrates engaging in conversations
with interested others, Plato mentions a model of the human ‘soul’ (or mind). In this model, the mind is
assumed to be split three ways; and is normally referred to as a ‘she’. In the introduction to the Phaedrus
dialogue, Plato writes:
“The soul is immortal, for she is the course of all motion both in herself and in others.
Of her true and divine form it would (take) long to tell, but she may be described in a figure as a composite being made up
of a charioteer and a pair of winged steeds. The steeds of the gods are immortal, but ours are one mortal and the other
immortal…” Page 765 Plato (1999).
On page 767, Plato is involved in an argument about whether a non-lover is better than a lover – where ‘lover’
means an older man lusting after a younger man (or boy). He begins by distinguishing between lovers on the basis that their
approach to seeking love will be determined by the god that they follow:
“The manner in which they take love
is as follows:
“I told you about the charioteer and two steeds, the one a noble animal who is guided by word and admonition
only, the other an ill-looking villain who will hardly yield to blow or spur. Together all three, who are a figure of
the soul, approach the vision of love. And now a conflict begins. The ill-conditioner steed rushes on to enjoy,
but the charioteer, who beholds the beloved with awe, falls back in adoration”.
Plato’s story is long and
involved, but, reading between the lines, and reading from several sources, over a number of years, I have reduced his story
of the horses and the charioteer to a simple formula. This is how it goes: Imagine a charioteer (Reason) who
has two horses as his sources of pulling power, and they often wish to pull in conflicting directions. The function of the
charioteer is to control and regulate the two horses. The first horse (Spirit or wilfulness) is represented as being
black (and sometimes as a tiny image of a lion); and the second horse (Appetite or desire) is represented as being white (and
sometimes as a tiny beast). The charioteer (Reason – represented by a tiny human form) is assumed to have the
best chance of being in control if s/he can form an alliance with spirit/will against appetite. (Plato 1999; and
From Plato to the ABC Model:
Models of Mind for Counsellors and Psychotherapists
- Part 1
A video presentation
by Dr Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling
Dr Jim Byrne explains his rationale for working on Models of Mind. He has found
it necessary to explore these models in order to better understand the mind of the counselling client, especially those who
come to him for help. He also talks about some of the weaknesses and errors in some existing models of mind - including
the idea of the "core of goodness"; and the way the ABC model leaves out of account the body of the client; their
diet; physical exercise; and so on. He talks about Freud's models, especially the Eros and Thanatos model; and Plato's
tripartite model which uses the metaphor of a charioteer and two horses to describe the mind's 'agencies'. Dr Byrne
relates many of these ideas back to the theories of Dr Albert Ellis.
To view this video clip, please click on the screen image below:
Or Click on this link.***
on CENT papers, please go to: http://www.abc-counselling.com/id306.html
information about Dr Jim Byrne, please go to http://www.abc-counselling.com/id1.html and/or
For more on Plato, please click this link for New Writing on CENT Counselling.***
What is Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy (CENT)?
By Dr Jim Byrne
Copyright (c) 2009-2013/2014,
2012; 2013; and April 2014)
"CENT sees humans as essentially story tellers, to ourselves and others, and
storytellers who live in a world of narratives and scripts, which include reasonable and unreasonable elements, logical and
illogical elements, and defensible and indefensible elements. Humans often tend to push away (or repress) unpleasant
experiences, to fail to process them, and to then become the (unconscious) victims of those repressed, undigested experiences.
CENT also sees adult relationships as being the acting out of childhood experiences with parents and siblings, because some
part of those earlier relationships have not been properly digested and completed". Extract from CENT Counselling: How to apply Cognitive Emotive Narrative
Therapy in counselling and self-help, By Dr Jim Byrne.***
Emotive Narrative Therapy (CENT) is a system of counselling and psychotherapy which helps clients to work on their brain-mind-body-and-relationships
in order to reduce and control negative or painful emotions and behaviours, like anger, anxiety, depression, stress, self
confidence and couple conflict.
CENT integrates Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), Transactional Analysis (TA), Attachment theory, Zen Buddhist philosophy,
moral philosophy, and some other cognitive, narrative and dynamic therapies. And CENT goes beyond those systems, to create
some original cognitive-emotive techniques, models and perspectives.
CENT is not an eclectic system which has merely bolted elements
of different counselling systems together. It is a truly integrative system which
began by revisiting the basic model of the human personality developed by Sigmund Freud and asking: How does this
model link up with the ABC model? What are the necessary implications of assuming that there is substantial
truth in both models? The same process was conducted with Transactional Analysis and cognitive science. The
resulting model was then compared with the implications of the Object Relations School. Moral philosophy and Zen Buddhism
were also interrogated in this process of model building. That work of model building is described in Papers No.1(a) and No.9.
In CENT counselling, we define ‘feeling’
as innate, and ‘emotion’ as a socio-cultural product of experience: “The terms ‘feeling’ and ‘emotion’, and ‘affect’ are
used in many different senses in psychology. A review of more than twenty theories of emotion reveals a plethora of
widely diverging technical definitions. These vary with the technique of investigation, the general theoretical framework,
and the value-judgements of the psychologist. Often, they are so diverse as to defy comparison let alone synthesis”.
Therefore, in CENT, we follow Sarbin in defining feeling as innate, and emotion as ‘narrative emplotment’ arising
out of cumulative, interpretive, social experience. Because emotion is narrativized, it can be changed in a therapeutic
Robert F. Hobson, Forms
of Feeling: The heart of psychotherapy, Page 88. (10)
Before that system of integration of models was begun, I had studied
thirteen different systems of counselling and therapy, including: Freud and Jung, Rogers and Perles, Behaviour Therapy theory
and practice, Cognitive Therapy and Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, Reality Therapy and Transactional Analysis, Existential
Therapy and Logotherapy, Multimodal Therapy and Cognitive-Humanistic Therapy; and also committed myself to the proposition
that all systems of counselling and therapy that are designed to be therapeutic are broadly equivalent in terms of the outcomes
achieved for the client, as argued by Wampold (2001), and Messer and Wampold (2000).
CENT evolved in phases. 1968 to 1980 was a kind of incubation of some core ideas, triggered by a partial Freudian
analysis, combined with art therapy, music therapy, relaxation therapy, group therapy, and some others. And 1980 to
1998 involved active exploration of various systems of therapy and self development (including Gestalt and Psychosynthesis,
and autogenic training). Then, 1999 to 2007 saw an intensification of thinking and learning about the core elements
of the thirteen systems mentioned above. And finally, over the past six year period - of developing and applying the
emerging CENT model - a basic theory of human personality and psychological disturbance emerged.
For a brief video input, click the screen below,
or click this link.***
1. "This is absolutely
excellent!!! I would like to learn (this system) or read a book about this model". - Taski,
via YouTube. 28th December 2011
dude's amazing (and I) totally love his work". - PsychologyLover93
3. "Wow, Dr, Jim... Maybe you'll finally be the one to create a unified theory of psychology,
or at least progress the development of one. That's what the field needs". - Fritz - By Dr Fritz
Hershey - Psychologists in Private Practice - LinkedIn, 4th March 2014
This is the best
book to begin to read on the foundations of CENT, and how it is applied in practice:
CENT e-book No.2: CENT Counselling: How to apply Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy in Counselling
and Self-help, by Dr Jim Byrne
This is a popular introduction to the theory and
practice of Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy (CENT), which is a highly effective new philosophy of life, and psychological
system of therapy.
This book was designed to answer the most common questions asked by counsellors,
psychologists, psychotherapists, counselling and therapy students, counselling and therapy clients, and self-help enthusiasts,
about the nature of CENT: how to learn it; and how to apply it in practice, to individual counselling, couple's therapy, and
The main aim is to demonstrate CENT counselling in practice; and in the process
you will learn something about how to integrate and apply CBT/REBT, Transactional Analysis (TA), Attachment Theory, Object
Relations and Zen philosophy and Moral philosophy.
For further information on this book, please click here.
To continue reading about CENT counselling, please click the following link for What is CENT?
Resource 11 - How to control your anger...
by Dr Jim Byrne
A holistic approach to anger management self-help, which is quick and simple
Copyright (c) Jim Byrne at ABC Coaching Publications, 2009-2013. All rights reserved.
I’m Doctor Jim Byrne. I’m a Doctor of Counselling,
with more than 15 years’ experience of helping people with all kinds of emotional problems – including problems
with anger management and the control of inappropriate aggressive urges.
I established my expertise in anger management by studying the
literature of the field, and also by helping hundreds of individuals to become much less angry, and much better communicators.
Now I want
to help you!
Welcome to the Anger
Management self-help page
# Are you suffering from a lack of control over your anger?
# Do you 'explode' or 'implode' - damaging your relationships and/or your happiness?
# Have you damaged your relationships at home or at work?
# Or are you simply feeling pretty miserable much of the time,
because of sulky anger?
are determined to control your anger, and you can see that it costs you more than you gain from allowing yourself to act angrily,
then I can help you.
self-help resource pack, you will find a number of insights into the nature of anger, so you can understand your anger better;
a number of techniques to control and reduce your anger; and a few video clips which clarify some of the key points for you.
Here's a little video
clip on How to control your anger, which you can download to your computer and watch it there:
To download this video,
please click the screen image above, or CLICK THIS LINK.***
My approach to anger management is a fusion of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT/CBT), Transactional Analysis
(TA), Attachment Theory, Zen Buddhism, and a number of other therapies and philosophies which work particularly well together.
I have integrated all these systems into a new system of therapy which I call Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy (CENT).
please go to How to control your anger.***
No.3: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ‘WINDOWS MODEL' OF COGNITIVE EMOTIVE NARRATIVE THERAPY
Copyright © Dr Jim Byrne,
2009 (Updated 14th October 2010 - Reposted on 28th April 2014)
We do not see with our eyes so
much as with our brains. Eyes are part of the machinery of perception, but the decisions about ‘what it is' that
we see are not made by our eyes. Those decisions are made by our ‘stored experiences' driving our ‘judgements'.
We do not see ‘external events' so much with our eyes then as we see them through ‘frames of
reference and interpretation' which were created in the past, and which we now implement as habit-based
stimulus-response pairings. Or we could call these responses ‘pattern matching' processes. "I've
seen this stimulus (or ‘external event') before. This (particular interpretation) is the sense I made of it last
time. So that is how I will relate to it this time".
The Windows Model is the core
model of Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy (CENT). It is predicated on ‘frame theory', which suggests that all
of our perceptions are interpretative, and that our interpretations are driven by habit-based
‘framings' of incoming stimuli, through our senses. The ‘frames' that we use to interpret incoming stimuli
are nested sets of inferences, which are derived from past experience. Depending upon
the negativity or positivity of the frame through which you are perceiving an incoming stimulus, you will produce a correspondingly
negative or positive emotional/behavioural response. Here is a brief introduction to this concept in the form of an animated
These insights underpin the
EFR model of CENT, as follows:
E = Event or Experience.
F = Framing (of this event or experience),
based on past experience.
R = Response (being emotional and behavioural).
To change undesirable responses (Rs), we need to change
the way we frame (F) our experiences (Es).
I developed this model over a period of three or so years, beginning with a Four Windows
model, and gradually expanding it to Six Windows. (More recently, while working on a new book on Anger Management, I
have expanded the system, so there are now three sets of windows: The Brown Windows, which will be reivewed below; the Blue
Windows and the Red Windows, which will be described in my Anger Management book in due course).
...For more, click the following link to go to The Six Windows Model of CENT Counselling.***