The Institute for CENT is committed to producing a range
of books on Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy.
far - as at 14th March 2014 - seven books have been written, and one adopted, as shown below.
A good counsellor is a lifelong learner: "Studying theories of counselling and therapy is both an intellectual
undertaking and a personal journey. All people develop a set of ideas, albeit not fully articulated, about how people
become the way they are, how they stay the way they are - often at a great personal cost - and how they can change.
As a counselling and therapy student you are challenged to develop a more thorough and accurate theory of human behaviour
so that you can help clients more. However, when reviewing these theoretical approaches you will find yourself applying
the concepts to yourself and testing whether they have validity for helping you to become happier and more fulfilled.
Thus, the fruits of your studying counselling and therapy approaches will become manifest in how you influence both clients'
biographies and your own autobiography".
Richard Nelson-Jones, Theory and Practice of Counselling
and Therapy, 2001. (2)
Here is a list of titles, followed below by a set of brief descriptions.
To view a brief description of any book, please click the title. (The latest book is No.8:
Beat those Christmas Blues!*** )
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)
Creating Joy: How to be much happier, right
now! by Dr Jim Byrne
The main aim of this book is to spread happiness. Not just any old hedonistic happiness, excitement,
or thrill seeking; but rather pro-social, moral, sustainable happiness, in line with the wisdom of the ages; including the
insights of Positive psychology, Buddhist psychology, Stoic philosophy and various forms of Rational and Narrative therapy.
In this book you will find a range of simple exercises
for you to do, to begin at once to feel better and to be happier. This twelve week program (of 30 to 60 minutes per
day) is designed to help you to manage your life in such a way that you can reduce your unhappiness and increase your fun
and joy. (Isn't it worth an investment of 30 minutes per day to transform your life and make it much happier?) You will
learn simple techniques that can produce almost immediate improvements that will delight you.
Available here: Creating
Joy: How to be much happier, right now!
Counsellors who engage in regular meditation may be able
to be more helpful to their clients, by being more attuned to them: “Bishop (and others, 2004) report that in a mindful state, (counselling) practitioners are better able to observe
thoughts, feelings, and sensations dispassionately and without attachment. This dispassionate state of self-observation,
according to Bishop (and others), may introduce a delay between one’s perceptions and response. Mindfulness (including
meditation – JWB) may therefore enable practitioners to respond to situations more reflectively”.
Steven Hick and Thomas Bien, Mindfulness and the Therapeutic
Relationship. 2010, page 15. (1)
| CENT e-book No.5: How to Control
Your Anxiety: A rational approach using REBT/CBT |
In this manual, I want to do two things: (1) To present a basic understanding of the Rational-Emotive Behaviour Therapy
(REBT/CBT) approach to dealing with anxiety’;
and (2) To provide a set of exercises for you to do so that you can learn how to analyze your problems with anxiety; identify
solutions; and implement those solutions so as to eliminate your anxiety.
In that way, you can become your own “counsellor”, in the
area of anxiety and fear, because you can learn to fix your own emotional and behavioural problems.
For further information, please go to How to control your anxiety...
Chill Out: How to Control Your Stress Level, and to Have a Happier Life
Third 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 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...
Kid: Growing up in a Crazy Culture! by Daniel O'Beeve
This moving and inspiring book contains the story of the childhood of Daniel O'Beeve, who did not have a 'good enough' mother
(or father), and who grew up to be slightly autistic, socially awkward, and lost in a world which was largely unintelligible
to him. Grinding poverty and cultural deprivation were secondary problems. And violence was all around him.
Slowly, as the story unfolds, we struggle with the author to try to identify a way forward for this damaged boy. This
story is a good example of the emergence of an insecure attachment in childhood; plus the possibilities of human redemption
and the strength of human character. The Institute for CENT agreed to publish this somewhat fictionalized memoir of
childhood in Ireland because of its psychologically curative potential.
All humans live within stories, and stories are the medium through which we understand ourselves and each
other. And some stories contribute greatly to our emotional development and maturity. This book could put you in touch
with your own childhood, or your own developmental needs. It is also quite simply a thoroughly engrossing read!
For further information about this book, see this memorir of childhood in Ireland
CENT Counselling: How to apply Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy in Counselling and Self-help
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 self management.
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, please click here.
|Therapy After Ellis, Berne, Freud and the Buddha: The birth of CENT |
This 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***
Beat 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.
more information, please go to Beat those Christmas Blues!***
Forthcoming Books on
There are also three other books on applied CENT in the pipeline:
9. *Coming sooner*: Marital Bliss:
How to be a great couple. By Dr Jim Byrne. Hebden Bridge: I-CENT Publications.
10. *Coming Soon*: How to Control
Your Anger: A holistic/CENT approach. By Dr Jim Byrne. Hebden Bridge: I-CENT publications.
Description: This book is presently being expanded and rewritten.
Your Way to Improved Self Confidence. By Dr Jim Byrne. Heben Bridge: I-CENT Publications. Description: This book is currently scheduled for complete revision.
♣ For information about the nature of CENT counselling, please take a look at 'What is CENT?'