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.
far - as at 12th April 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 CENT Counselling; The Birth of CENT; Build Self-Confidence; and some others.
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
‘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
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)
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.
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
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.
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.
On this site you will find lots of informational resources (mainly requiring
an access fee) about coaching, counselling and psychotherapy services to help with all kinds of emotional, behavioural
and relationship difficulties and problems; and public performance difficulties. Counselling, coaching and psychotherapy
in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, UK; and all over the world via the telephone system and by email.
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ABC Coaching and Counselling Services is the home of
Emotive-Cognitive Embodied-Narrative Therapy (E-CENT) - which
is an integration of: Attachment theory; Rational therapy; Psychodynamic (‘Object relations’) therapy; Cognitive
therapy; Transactional analysis; Narrative therapy; Moderate Buddhist and Stoic philosophies; Moral philosophy; and other