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.
Coaching, counselling and psychotherapy in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 8HJ, UK
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mentoring and advice for a range of problems..
Hello, and welcome to ABC Coaching
and Counselling Services
needs are our concern. Your happiness is our goal.
Are you looking for help with emotional, behavioural, relationship or practical problems? If so,
then we can help you.
We are a creative partnership in coaching, counselling and
psychotherapy, and we have developed a highly efficient and effective process which gives you hope, insights into your problems
and their solutions, and increased self-mastery in your life.
Our holistic process for helping you has been built out
of a study of more than sixteen systems of coaching, counselling, psychotherapy and various philosophies of life.
Our process includes a directly warm and empathic relationship,
combined with years of experience, backed up by extensive research, beginning in 1980 at the start of our partnership.
Our model is called Emotive-Cognitive Embodied-Narrative
Therapy (E-CENT), and it integrates CBT, person-centred counselling, and emotive-systems (like Gestalt therapy and psychoanalysis,
Attachment theory, and others).
And we relate
to you as a sensitive emotional being, who also has some (limited) capacity to think. But
you can learn to think more effectively about your self, your life and your goals.
Working with one of us, you
will quickly learn problem-solving strategies which can be used immediately to improve your life,
and which you can continue to use for the rest of your life.
We provide a curative, healing and educational relationship within which you can
work to transform your life. And we also provide insights into some of the most relevant research that we have studied
Or telephone us on: 01422 843 629
(or 44 1422 843 629 outside the UK)
Counselling, coaching and psychotherapy help,
in Hebden Bridge, near Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX7 8HJ.
And all over the world via the telephone, and email exchanges.
Established in 1998: Eighteen years of helping
people with their emotional, behavioural and relationship problems; and their ability to think more clearly
about what they want and how to get it.
Hello and welcome to ABC Coaching and Counselling Services, which
is one of the most creative partnerships
in coaching, counselling and psychotherapy – between Jim Byrne and Renata Taylor-Byrne.
Even earlier: Since 1980,
we have bought and read most of the really interesting
new books on coaching, counselling and psychotherapy, and personal development and self-management. We have digested them
thoroughly, and translated those rich texts into nuggets of gold for our clients.
What we offer: When coaching and counselling
clients come to see us with their problems of daily living, we pass on to them the wisdom of the ages!
If you’re looking for relief from
emotional suffering; help with relationships, or anger, or self-confidence;
or highly rated helpand guidance with virtually any kind of problemthat you cannot resolve on your own; then you’ve come to the right place!
We can help you with practical problems; relationship problems; career problems; problems
at home or at work; stress or anger problems; sadness, grief or depression; anxiety or worry; or how to get from where you
are now (stuck) to where you want to be (happy and free).
ABC Coaching and Counselling Services was established in
December 1998, by Dr Jim Byrne, who is a doctor of counselling from the University of Manchester, UK. And since that
time, we have helped hundreds of individuals to overcome their problems, achieve their goals, and to become happier, healthier
and more relaxed. See theClient Testimonials page, here.***
Renata Taylor-Byrne joined the company, from Calderdale
College, to establish her own coaching and counselling division, part time, in July 2012. And she is now full time.
At Calderdale College, Renata had run a range of counselling
courses for many years; and also a range of personal effectiveness courses, including assertiveness training, confidence building,
stress management, communication skills, and many more.
Jim and Renata jointly designed a range of courses at Calderdale College, back in the mid-1980s, including: Stress
management; time management; confidence building; interpersonal communication; stress management; study skills; and so on.
These courses were taught to every student, across all the college faculties.
Dr Jim Byrne and Renata Taylor-Byrne provide a range of
counselling, coaching and psychotherapy services, in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, UK, HX7 8HJ; and all over the world via
telephone and email.
Their services are based upon Emotive-Cognitive Embodied-Narrative Therapy (E-CENT) which is a fusion of Attachment Theory, Transactional Analysis (TA), Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CT, CBT), Psychoanalysis
(and object relations), Moral Philosophy, Narrative therapy, and many other elements. They both produce regular blogs,
and informational papers.
To make an appointment, please call Renata or Jim today
Psychology and Psychotherapy Quotation No.1:
We counsellors and clients have to face up to
problems of loss and separation from loved ones; and to complete the sense of loss and pain – so that we can heal: “Psychological problems arise when
people use inappropriate ways of dealing with past hurts, especially those involving loss and separation. Means of avoiding
pain (avoidance-activities, customarily termed ‘mechanisms of defence’) can result in actions which hamper personal
growth and the development of the dynamic relationship” of being with another person in “aloneness-togetherness”.
Robert F. Hobson, Forms
of Feeling: The heart of psychotherapy, Page 183. (71)
Dr Jim’s comment: In other words, if you do not face up to past pain, it may be
impossible to form pain-free relationships in the present.
Unsolicited client testimonial
Dr Byrne, Many thanks for the great help and advice that you offered to my wife and me when we consulted you about the state
of our marriage. We both feel as if we have had a good servicing and overhaul of our thinking and feeling equipment.
Your insights about the way our childhood experiences meshed together - in that ‘avoidant-clinging' pattern - has been
most helpful. We no longer push each other's buttons the way we used to do, and we can reflect upon our own behaviours
and be more realistically self-critical. I will be in touch again soon for a top-up session..."
and D.G., Rochdale, Lancashire, UK. (Three sessions of face to face counselling for relationship conflict and attachment styles).
The home of Emotive-Cognitive
Embodied-Narrative Therapy (E-CENT)
Integrating: Attachment theory; Rational therapy; Psychodynamic
(‘Object relations’) therapy; Cognitive therapy; Transactional analysis; Moderate Buddhist and Stoic philosophies;
Narrative therapy; Moral philosophy; and other modalities; plus awareness of the importance of physical exercise, diet, relaxation,
The 'cognitive revolution' is over. The 'emotional revolution' has begun! The 'emotional dog'
was never wagged by its 'cognitive tail'. The cognitive tail needs emotional input in order to wag.
Counselling and therapy as a system of helping clients with
emotional, behavioural and relationship problems has been in a constant state of evolution and revolution from the moment
Sigmund Freud published his first book. His two main followers abandoned him within a few years, to set up their own schools
of therapy - Jungian and Adlerian therapies. Before Freud had even died, Melanie Klein, who was trying to be a 'good
Freudian' deviated so far from his views that he disowned her. She had shifted the focus from adult sexuality to childhood
stress and strain in relationship; but she saw the main problem as being the child's own 'phantasies' (or delusions) –
(and this tradition has been carried on by Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck, in their own ways!). One of Klein’s main
students, or supervisees - John Bowlby, whose own experiences and researches led him to believe that it was the external environment
which mainly upset the child - was rejected by Klein, and ostracized by British Psychoanalysis for about forty years. Today,
Bowlby's theory (Attachment Theory) is one of the most reliable, accepted and validated theories of childhood development,
in the world of developmental psychology, counselling and psychotherapy, and also in neuroscience, and especially in interpersonal
neurobiology (IPN). While Freud's theory was taking off in the US, a great resistance was mounted by the behaviourists,
who rejected 'the mind' (and not just the non-conscious mind). But as they were reaching their hey-day, one of their
key researchers noticed that monkeys in 'behaviour reinforcement' experiments seemed to have a mind of their own. Karl
Pribram, however, made a false move next. He concluded that what was going on in the mind of the monkey was 'thoughts'.
He failed to consider that his monkey might have 'feelings'. So off went the bandwagon of the 'cognitive revolution'.
Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy in the lead, followed by Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Therapy, Meichenbaum, Arnie
Lazarus, and so on. All heading down the false trail which assumes that humans are primarily thinking beings
(cognitive beings). However, the refusal to take emotion into account was bound to fall apart eventually, and today
we are facing the Emotional Revolution. And our system of E-CENT (Emotive-Cognitive Embodied-Narrative Therapy) is in
the vanguard of that revolution - though quite some distance behind Allan Schore and Daniel Siegel.
Our clients are primarily emotional beings, who also have
some limited capacity to think. And they are also brain-mind-environment-wholes, who’s emotional and behavioural
malfunctions or distortions are a product of diet, exercise, relaxation; current and historical relationships; environmental
stressors; and so on.
Emotions and cognitions (or
feelings and thoughts) are braided together, into the historical pathway trodden by each social-individual through their own
cultural learning. But the feeling strand comes before, and is more powerful, in many ways, than the thinking
strand. When cultural education is effective the individual learns to moderate their emotional excesses by reasoning
braided strand of emotive-cognitive-behavioural-embodied-narrative-history - which makes up the core of each social-individual
- cannot be dumped; or transformed by alchemy. If it is maladaptive, then it has to be worked upon, unpicked, re-threaded,
re-knitted, patched, and un-knotted. And this work has to be done in the presence of a healing relationship, which corrects
what went wrong in earlier relationships. This takes time and patient analysis and re-thinking/re-feeling.
Notice: We have recently changed the name of our sytem of counselling,
coaching and psychotherapy from Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy to Emotive-Cognitive Embodied-Narrative Therapy (E-CENT).
See theInstitute update.*** Obviously, given that this website has
hundreds of pages, it may take many weeks (and possibly a few months!) before they can all
be updated with the E-CENT label.
Dr. Allan Schore, is a clinician-scientist
at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. He
is the author of three seminal volumes as well as numerous articles and chapters. His work has been an important catalyst
in the ongoing "emotional revolution" now occurring across all clinical and scientific disciplines.
In E-CENT counselling, we teach our coaching and therapy clients that we are body-minds, and that the mind depends
upon diet, exercise and relaxation, etc., in order to function properly: “To keep the body in good health is a duty – otherwise we shall not be
able to keep our mind strong and clear”.
The Buddha, from a quotation in Julia Cameron’s
(1995) book, The Artist's Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self.
Dr Jim’s comment: The reason the Buddha is right to make this point is this: We are not minds that also have
bodies! We are actually body-minds. And although it is possible to distinguish the body from the mind, it is not
possible to separate them; ever. And you cannot have a healthy mind (component) in an unhealthy body(-mind).
In E-CENT counselling, we are busy ‘adding back the body’ (to the ‘disembodied mind’).
In holistic medicine, progressive doctors are busy adding back the mind (to the material body). For example:“When someone’s
belly hurts”, writes Dr Thomas Delbanco, “I ask very quickly what’s going on in the mind as well as in the
abdomen. When someone is depressed, I think also about what might be going on in the body that’s leading to the
depression. Mind and body are inextricably woven together”.
Quoted in page 8 of Healing and The Mind,
by Bill Moyers, London, Doubleday, 1995. (-3)
Dr Jim’s comments: I have treated a good number of men who have been depressed
because of systemic candidiasis (or overgrowth of fungus in the gut), resulting from eating a junk-food diet high in sugar,
salt and transfats. Many of them also had problems with uncontrolable anger outbursts. I have treated some women who
were anxious because of lack of physical exercise and overuse of caffeine and sugar. And I have had clients whose
psychological symptoms were more directly related to life stressors, unworkable relationship arrangements, inadequate sleep,
and so on. Sometimes the main problem is a result of what the individual thinks or believes; but life is most often much more
complex than that! (-4)
"Follow your heart, but make sure you take your brain with you!" Alfred Adler
"The point is to integrate
body-brain-mind-environment, and to manage all the components well, instead of elevating one of them to supreme position".
Dr Jim Byrne
Here's a little video clip by
Dr Jim Byrne on the following subject: What is Emotive-Cognitive Embodied-Narrative Therapy (E-CENT)?
Brief video introduction
to Renata's coaching/counselling style:
MANHOOD: An action program to
change your life
A Personal Development
Group for Men in Hebden Bridge
Jim Byrne, November 2015
If you are a man – aged between 21 and 121 – then you may be interested
in this new personal development program that I am offering with immediate effect, in Hebden Bridge, on Wednesday evenings
from 7.00pm to 8.30pm, for seven weeks.
If you are feeling angry, anxious or
If you feel lost in the world…
If you feel burdened by your social relationship problems – with your father, your son(s),
your partner, your ex-partner(s), or the other people in your life…
this group will definitely help you.
My decision to offer this seven week program was inspired by my recent reading of Steve
Biddulph’s book – titled Manhood: An action plan for changing men’s lives.
This book begins with a startling bang:
don’t have a life. Instead, we have just learned to pretend. Much of what men do is an outer show, kept
up for protection”. (Page 1)
What this quote implies is this: We
are not particularly authentic. We are not operating from our inner animal/spiritual core. We are most likely
operating from a fantasy of the ‘hard man’ who is never vulnerable; never weak; never
in need of understanding; never in need of gentleness or loving kindness. And
our emotional expression may be restricted to excessive or frequent anger or depression – but not much else besides;
though perhaps anxiety is in there.
Steve Biddulph’s analysis or diagnosis
is this: We did not have enoughfathering; or enough fathering of the right kind. We were not initiated into an adequate or accurate understanding of what it means to be “a man”. (Even if we are Jewish,
and went through a Bar Mitzvah, we are not really ready for the transition
from boyhood to manhood – except in the frozen, ‘let’s pretend’ mode described by Steve Biddulph.)
But most of our cultures and sub-cultures do not have formal or adequate ‘rites of initiation’ designed to take
males from boyhood to manhood.
Psychology and Psychotherapy Quotation No.2:
How are stories defined in narrative counselling and therapy? “Personal narratives, or ‘self-stories’, are
not merely inert, neutral, passive images. They have emotional resonance. The continual process of self-storying
activity feeds back into, and affects, people’s attitudes, actions, relationships and sense of identity”.
Payne (2007) Narrative therapy: in Dryden’s Handbook of Individual Therapy, page 404. (72)
Jim’s comment: Stories
are emotive-cognitive scripts; and involve thinking, feeling and acting; and they shape our self-concept and our values. And
they are encoded in our body-brain-mind, and are not just auditory echoes in our heads.
Unsolicited Client Testimonial
♣ "Hi Jim, ... I cannot stress enough how important you have been in helping me through probably
the hardest time of my life! You clarified the issues and reassured me in equal measure, and guided me onto the right
path for me to move forwards out of the darkness that surrounded me. I know how important it is to keep going with my
C.T., Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK. (Two sessions of face to face counselling for distress
about deeply personal matters).
Therapy - A coaching/teaching/training approach
By Dr Jim Byrne – Doctor of
My name is Jim Byrne, and I am a very happily married Doctor of Counselling.
I have been in private practice as a coach/ counsellor/ psychotherapist
for more than sixteen years, in Hebden Bridge, near Halifax, West Yorkshire; and all over the world via the telephone and
During that time, I’ve
been pleased to help dozens and dozens of couples with all kinds of marriage, relationship and communication problems.
Here are just three of the testimonials I’ve received
from some of those couples:
Email feedback: "Dear Jim, ... PS: We consulted you by telephone a few years ago, for relationship conflict, involving
a very serious rift ... And we are now happily married with a nine month old child. Your help was fantastic, and we
still use the phrases and descriptions you used then. In fact, we have a list of insights on a laminated poster on our
living room wall, to keep us on the straight and narrow! We will always be grateful for those insights." S.W. (and
P.W), Sheffield. (Six sessions of telephone counselling [using speaker phone] for couple conflict and relationship advice).
Plus: Here's a brief video clip introduction to Dr Jim Byrne's approach to couples therapy and marriage counselling:
Specialist Counselling-Supervision Service
For Couple's Therapists
By Dr Jim Byrne
Doctor of Counselling
and Couples Therapist
Although I am happy to work with counsellors and therapists
from any discipline, or any area of specialism; I also have a special talent for helping couple therapists to
handle the stresses and strains of their field of work.
So if you are a couple’s therapist, and you want to work with a supervisor who knows this field of
work intimately, after sixteen years’ experience; and who has developed a structured approach to couples
therapy which avoids conflict and stress, then I can help you.
Stress in the counselling
It may be difficult for many people
to believe, but the open secret in the world of counselling and therapy is that “couples therapy stresses out therapists”.
(The New York Times, Elizabeth Weil, ‘Does couples therapy work?’ 2nd March 2012).
One of the insights of that article is this: most
therapists are too soft and gentle to be able to manage the aggression that is brought to the counselling room by distressed
Pearson and Bader, a couple of psychologists,
from the Couples Institute in Palo Alto, California, describe the role of the counsellor with volatile couples as being “like
piloting a helicopter in a hurricane”.
In Emotive-Cognitive Embodied-Narrative Therapy (E-CENT), we have evolved ahighly structured approach to couples therapy, which locks the couple into a ‘gentle-person’s’ agreement
to follow anagreed structurewhich prevents arguments, conflict, volatility, or overload of the counsellor.
counselling, coaching, psychotherapy and training
By Dr Jim Byrne
Anger comes in various forms.
its aggressive form anger is destructive. Aggressive anger is a form ofuncontrolledrage and hostility,
which can easily become physical aggression, conflict and assault of others – resulting in physical harm to others,
or causing them to physically harm you!
In its assertive form anger
is constructive. Assertive anger stops you becoming a doormat for others. It fuels your assertive
communications to others, in which you ask for what you want, and say a strong ‘No’ to what you do not want.
There is also a passive-aggressive form, in which you put up with unreasonable
behaviour, insults, etc., form others – each time collecting a hate-fuelled ‘brown stamp’, which goes in
your mental stamp book. When you’ve collected enough of these passive brown-stamps, you flip from passive to aggressive
mode, and you cash in your stamps in exchange for an explosive outburst of hostility and rage at the other person or persons.
This passive-aggressive form of anger is also, clearly destructive.
I can teach you how to reduce your destructive anger tendencies, and to only use your assertive anger tendencies,
in a reasonable, productive way: Anger Management with Dr Jim.***
About my Anger Management Counseling service: Many people
come to see me with problems of anger, at home and/or at work. They find that they have a short fuse when they are frustrated
by others; or when others cause them to look foolish; or when people behave badly when they should know better.
I have helped many people to reduce their angry responses to a more
reasonable level, by working with them on how to think and feel cooler and calmer when facing difficulties, like insults,
threats, or frustrations.
Others come from families in which anger was modelled for them as a legitimate way to solve
conflicts of opinion. However, they later find that enflaming their feelings of anger - and acting on those feelings
of anger - does not work in the wider world.
10 Principles of Anger Management
Dr Jim Byrne has created a range of approaches
to anger management. You can learn those principles by consulting him for anger management counselling and therapy,
in Hebden Bridge, or by long-distance communication (telephone or Skype) from any part of the world; or by using his anger-management
self-help resource pack. Here is one of the core principles that Dr Byrne teaches in his anger management practice:
Principle 6: Avoid developing
automatic, habitual anger triggers – because some situations that look like they justify anger actually do no such thing.
You may often feel affronted in situations where no affront exists and nothing needs to be done by you. Some contexts
in which doing nothing is called for – in which case you should let it go - include:
(1) Situations of chaos, in which nobody could be expected to have
prevented the frustration or difficulty – for example, a busy motorway, or a crowded pavement, and somebody ‘gets
in your way!’
of intent to offend on the part of the offending party. Imagine you are boating on
a foggy river. I big white boat comes out of the fog. It is heading straight towards your boat, and likely to
cause a collision and some damage to your hull. You become very angry. Then you notice that the boat has nobody on board
– it is adrift!
are just like that boat. Nobody on board! Non-consciousness abounds. Do not assume intentional
offence as your default position.
Copyright (c) Dr Jim Byrne, 2015
Two options: If you are looking for coaching or counselling
help to manage or control your anger, then try on of the following options:
Depression is a painful, discouraging and draining condition. Life looks bleak
and dull, and bad feelings seem to fill our bodies as well as our minds. Sometimes individuals become depressed because
they get stuck in the grieving process. That is to say, they lose something or someone significant to them, and thus
they need to engage in appropriate sadness. But they push the sadness away, and get stuck with long term depression
instead of short term sadness. The trick with grief is to feel the sense of loss keenly, and thus to complete it.
began my counselling career as a Rational Emotiver Behaviour Therapist (REBT), but I have since moved on and become much broader-based;
integrating several systems from the major schools of counselling and therapy.
I still rely on some
of the insights of REBT in my work, but I would not focus down as hard as Dr Michael Edelstein on the belief
component of the depression - and especially not his narrow focus on 'shoulds' and other 'demands'. (See the video clip
that follows). I would also focus on the client's diet, level of physical exercise, relationships, attachment style,
sleep pattern, 'attitude towards gratitude', vitamin D levels, and ways of building hope for the future. (I might add
several different elements to this list, depending upon the specific problem presented by the client, and their specific social
is what I teach my counselling clients about anxiety: When individuals are confronted
with an apparent threat or danger, just up ahead, they have an automatic, instinctive tendency to respond with "fight"
or "flight". If you have a problem with social anxiety, then you are attempting to flee from the threat of
being judged, or appearing in a bad light, in a public place. If you are suffering from performance anxiety, in public
roles, or in interviews or academic exams, then you are most likely telling yourself two things:
I must not fail because significant other people will not like me, or accept me so much, and that would be unbearable;
I must not make any mistakes in public, because I will
not accept anything less than perfection from myself.
I can teach you a more empowering way of managing your life which you can then apply in those situations
in which you feel anxious.
a little introductory video clip on anxiety:
& Panic Counselling, Social Anxiety & Phobia Treatment, Generalised Anxiety Disorder Help
Our presentation discusses how panic attacks and anxiety are very common
mental health issues that can affect anyone. The methods we use to manage our anxiety affect our emotions, our body and mind
and our overall health as well as our quality of life:
and coaching for self-confidence issues should include these insights: The beginning
of our loss of self-confidence is the beginning of the recognition that we are limited in our abilities and skills, and sometimes
other people perform better than we do in certain tasks.
We may also compare our physical appearance,
strength, voice, income level, and so on unfavourably with another person, and put ourselves down (inappropriately) for our
In general, the
destruction of our self-confidence begins when we decide "I am an X and Ishouldbe a Y", where X and Y can be any juxtaposed qualities,
traits or personality features, or identification with particular behaviours. For example, "I am short, and I should
be tall!"; "I am fat, and I should be thin!"
Jim Byrne produces an occasional blog on subjects related to: counselling
and psychotherapy; wisdom; and personal development; including helpful books, quotes and insights. The current blog
can be found here: A counsellor blogs about various topics***
For example: Annex D5: Personality adaptations in E-CENT counselling theory; and
the relationship between thinking, feeling and behaviour in REBT and TA… Also, reviews of the models of mind produced
by Plato, Freud, Melanie Klein, aAlbert Ellis, nd many others...
By Dr Jim
Byrne: Copyright (c) Jim Byrne, 2009-2015
E-CENT counselling, we teach our clients a range of general principles of life which help them to better understand who they
are, how they came to be the way they are, and how to change their lives for the better. In
a broad sense, E-CENT was developed by Dr Jim Byrne over many years of study and application,
in private practice with almost 800 counselling and psychotherapy clients.
Here is just one example of the 19 core principles:
Principle No.3: Third, the first five or six years of life are taken to be determinants of what kind of life the individual
will live. Very largely, the narratives, scripts and frames that the child learns and forms during this period
– which manifest in the form of moods and emotional states, expectations, beliefs and habitual patterns of behaviour
- will determine its trajectory through life, all other things being equal. There is, of course, some degree of
malleability of the human mind, and so what was once shaped badly (by dysfunctional relationship experiences) can to some
extent be reshaped into a better form by subsequent ‘curative experiences’, with a love partner or with a counsellor
For more information about these 19 principles of counselling psychology
and psychotherapy, please go to‘What is E-CENT?’***
Day 13 of the E-CENT Stress
Management Counselling Program
a balanced diet
Dr Jim Byrne (copyright (c) Jim Byrne, 2001, 2009, 2011, 2012 - Updated 24 January 2016)
There is no universal agreement about the precise kind of diet which will promote
or reduce stress, although we have some pretty good ideas of some of the major culprits, and some of the main forms of ‘best
practice'. As with other forms of healthy eating, it is advisable to eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. (Many
experts recommend the 'Mediterranean diet'). Eating organic foods is one way of minimizing the chemical pollutants that
get into our bodies and impair our ability to function healthily in the face of the pressures and strains of daily life, according
to Bart Cunningham, PhD. There is also recent research which suggests a link between trans-fats (including hydrogenated fats in processed
foods) and aggression, irritability and impatience. (See Scientific American article, 'High trans-fats predicts aggression'.***)
The Stress Management Society
gives the following advice: "If you want a strong nervous system, boost your intake of vitamins B, C and E, together
with minerals magnesium and zinc. The best source of these nutrients is from food, rather than supplements. So eat a balanced
diet of meat, nuts, seeds, fresh fruit and vegetables and oily fish. If you need to snack during the day, try pumpkin or sunflower
seeds and fruit, particularly bananas. Fresh organic food is the best source. If you can’t get fresh, frozen vegetables
are a reasonable alternative as much of their nutritional content is retained." Source:http://www.stress.org.uk/Diet-and-nutrition.aspx
We suggest you
follow most of this advice, except for the supplementation of vitamins and minerals. Unless you are on a wholly organic
diet, your food will be largely denatured and devoid of much nutritional value; therefore you need to use vitamin and
mineral supplements of a good, natural-source quality.
have recently found good results from the Paloe Diet; and some of our clients have gained relief from the Gluten Free diet;
and others from the Low-FOFMAP diet.
The Paleo Diet Explained - The Original Human Diet and Your
The Diet Doctor interviews Professor Loren Cordain, one of the key theorists involved in promoting the
Content: What is the Paleo diet and why should you care? Well, it's the original human diet and it's probably
still the healthiest way you could eat.
Counselling needs the support of physical exercise: reviewing the benefits
CENT Paper No.18: Exercise is good for your body, brain and general health
By Renata Taylor Byrne and Jim Byrne
If you have ever done any form of systematic physical exercise, of eastern or
western origin, you will have experienced some of the physical and mental benefits of that practice. Your body takes
in more oxygen and you burn off stress hormones. You secrete endorphins, or ‘happiness chemicals' in your brain.
You just know it's good for you, and that it's pleasurable.
Or, as expressed by Jeannine Stamatakis, a physical trainer in San Francisco: "There is no denying
the high you feel after a run in the park or a swim at the beach. Exercise not only boosts your physical health - as
one can easily see by watching a marathon or a boxing match - but it also improves mental health". (Scientific American
Mind, Vol.23. No.3, July/August 2012; page 72).
However, the tendency towards laziness, which is endemic in each of us, tends, over time, to drag us back to inactivity
- to couch potato status. This is one of the problems. It takes real commitment and determination to exercise
our bodies day after day after day. And that is what is required, because the benefits of physical exercise, which are
actually remarkable, drain away after only a few days of inactivity.
If you know that physical exercise is good for you, and you want to be able to discipline yourself
to keep at it, then I can help: email@example.com.
That was why we were so excited about finding
a wonderful book - Spark: How exercise will improve the performance of your brain-
because it gives us dozens of good reasons to keep persisting in our daily exercise. (The authors are Dr John Ratey
and Eric Hagerman; and the book was published by Quercus, in London, in 2009).
In this brief paper, we will review about one dozen of those good reasons.
What follows is a little video clip by Brian Johnson. Titled: Spark: The Revolutionary New
Science of Exercise and the Brain by John Ratey
Johnson writes: Exercise is huge. It's scientifically
proven to be as effective as Zoloft in reducing depression and it boosts creativity, learning and our overall mojo. Fact is,
our genes our encoded to move. As Ratey says, "It's an indispensable tool for anyone who wants to reach his or her full
potential." Here's a quick look at 'The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain.'
‘A Wounded psychotherapist’ is the latest (2013) 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
are some video clips to help you to get a flavour of the ABC Coaching and Counselling Services approach to counselling and therapy:
1. This first clip is
a brief introduction to Dr Jim Byrne, ABC Coaching and Counselling Services, and the counselling services on offer.
2. In this second clip, I describe the importance of taking responsibility
for your own life, as the essential foundation for any form of successful counselling process.
Here is a brief introduction to Emotive-Cognitive Embodied-Narrative Therapy (E-CENT)
4. This is Part 2
of 'What is Counselling?' It was produced by me to update my statements about the way I think of counselling.
In particular, I mention the importance of Attachment Theory, and the counsellor being emotionally available to the client.
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On this site you will find lots of informational resources (mainly requiring
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