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The Institute for CENT produces and publishes books on CENT counselling theory, application to general counselling contexts, and on specialist subjects, like stress, self-confidence, anxiety, and anger management.


The Institute for E-CENT is committed to producing a range of books on Emotive-Cognitive Embodied-Narrative Therapy. 

So far - as at 13th December 2015 - several books have been written, and one adopted (the autobiography of Daniel O'Beeve), as shown below.  However, due to pressure of work, some of those books are stuck at the draft stage, waiting for final editing before they can be released.  Subjects include: Managing Anger; Couple Relationships; Reducing Anxiety and Depression; Stress Management; Managing Family Holiday Stress; The Childhood of Dr Albert Ellis and its impact on the shape of REBT therapy; How to be Happy; How to Apply E-CENT Counselling; The Birth of E-CENT; Build Self-Confidence; and some others.


Obedience and Revolt: Volume 1 – Learning to conform

By Dr Daniel O’Beeve – (Edited by Dr Jim Byrne)


This book is volume one of a two-volume autobiographical novel by a practicing doctor of clinical psychology.  This is an ideal book for anybody who is interested in how childhood experiences affect adult development, and the possibilities of happy relationships. 

It should also be of interest to students and practitioners in the fields of developmental psychology; child care; attachment theory; family therapy; sociology of culturally deprived families; social mobility; plus autism and dissociation.  And it can also be read as an engaging psychological thriller of the life of one young man who is trying to make sense of his life, and how to find love and romance.

Daniel O’Beeve wakes up to find he has been put together very badly by life.  He is like a jumper, knitted from wool and string and wire and chain, with too many sleeves, and no neck hole.  He’s a mess.  But the challenge now is how to rewrite the story of his childhood and youth so that he can put himself back together in a saner, calmer, more socially and emotionally competent manner; so he can enjoy what is left of his life.

To continue reading, please go to Obedience and Revolt.*** 



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)



Here is a list of those books that are currently available to buy:

A new book on the childhood of Albert Ellis and the impact of his suffering on the shape of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)

A_Wounded_Psychother_Cover_for_Kindle.jpg‘A Wounded psychotherapist’ is the latest book 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.To read more, please go to: A Wounded Psychotherapist: Albert Ellis’s childhood and the strengths and limitations of REBT.***


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)



 Chill Out: How to Control Your Stress Level, and to Have a Happier Life

Chill_Out_cover_1.jpgThird 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.

For further information on this book, go to Chill Out: How to Control Your Stress Level...


CENT Counselling: How to apply Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy in Counselling and Self-help

Cover.77.jpgThis 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 E-CENT: how to learn it; and how to apply it in practice, to individual counselling, couple's therapy, and self management.

The main aim is to demonstrate E-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, please click here.


Therapy After Ellis, Berne, Freud and the Buddha: The birth of E-CENT 

Cover of e-book No.1This book begins by enquiring into the case for integrating rational and cognitive therapy with aspects of psychodynamic therapy.  It is a scholarly consideration and examination of the models that underlie the system of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), and the ways this author gradually expanded that system by incorporating elements of Transactional Analysis (TA), Gestalt Therapy, and, later, Zen Buddhist insights, Attachment theory, Moral philosophy and Object relations theory.  That scholarly level of the book is underpinned by the personal and professional experience of the author.  This author uses his own difficult life history to investigate and explore models of the human mind and theories of counselling and psychotherapy which are at the growing edge of counselling psychology.  However, underneath this academic and theoretical level, there is a painful, personal narrative of childhood suffering.

For more information, please go here***


Cover002.jpgBeat those Christmas Blues! Emotional first aid: How to think your way through problems this Christmas, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, By Dr Jim Byrne 

If you've recently had an emotionally distressing Winter Holiday - Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, or New Year - (Who hasn't?) - then this is the book for you.  If you think this year's celebrations could be spoiled for you by anger, anxiety, depression, stress, disappointment, embarrassment or shame, now is the time to take action to ensure you have a happy Christmas or Winter Holiday.  In Beat those Christmas Blues, Dr Jim Byrne identifies a range of key issues that cause most of our upsets at this time of year - including money, presents, food, visitors, isolation, rejection, loneliness, and expectations and disappointments of all kinds - and he then outlines some quick and easy solutions to those common problems, to make sure we do not fall into any of those traps this year!

In Section 1, he presents a range of quick and easy solutions to prevent most of our miseries emerging.  In Section 2, he teaches an approach to human relationships which tends to promote greater happiness.  And, in Section 3, he presents a range of ways of looking at the world which tend to keep us calm and happy, no matter how difficult our life circumstances become.

For more information, please go to Beat those Christmas Blues!***


Forthcoming Books on E-CENT

There are also three other books on applied E-CENT in the pipeline:

9. *Coming sooner*: Marital Bliss: How to be a great couple.  By Dr Jim Byrne.  Hebden Bridge: E-CENT Publications. 

10. *Coming Soon*: 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.

11. 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.


For information about the nature of E-CENT counselling, please take a look at 'What is E-CENT?' 

Or, take a look at the Counselling and therapy all over the world... page