The CENT Books page

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 CENT is committed to producing a range of books on Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy. 

So far - as at 7th March 2015 - seven books have been written, and one adopted, as shown below.



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 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!*** )

A_Wounded_Psychother_Cover_for_Kindle.jpg1. A new book on the childhood of Albert Ellis and the impact of his suffering on the shape of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)


GreatingJoy3.jpg2.  Creating Joy: How to be much happier, right now!

~~~ CENT e-book No.5: How to Control Your Anxiety: A rational approach using REBT/CBT


Chill_Out_cover_1.jpg4. Chill Out: How to Control Your Stress Level, and to Have a Happier Life


KulchieKid.jpg5. Kulchie Kid: Growing up in a Crazy Culture! A memoir of childhood, by Daniel O'Beeve


Cover.77.jpg6. CENT Counselling: How to apply Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy in Counselling and Self-help


Cover of e-book No.17. Therapy After Ellis, Berne, Freud and the Buddha: The birth of CENT 


Cover002.jpg8. Beat those Christmas Blues! Emotional first aid: How to think your way through problems this Christmas, Thankgiving and Hanukah...


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)




 Creating Joy: How to be much happier, right now!  by Dr Jim Byrne

GreatingJoy3.jpgThe 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)

~~~ 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

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 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...


 Kulchie Kid: Growing up in a Crazy Culture! by Daniel O'Beeve

KulchieKid.jpgThis 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

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 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 

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 CENT

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.

11. Think 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?' 

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