Sunday, 15 October 2017

UPDATE: 15th October 2017

It took quite a while to construct the ‘diet and nutrition’ section of the index to our new book on how to use diet and exercise to manage your emotions. And I have not even begun the exercise section yet! Here are some extracts (‘snips’) from the letter-D section:

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Renata has just published her latest blog post, which is on the benefits of sleep: “This blog is a rave review of a book review which I read, two weeks ago, in the Sunday Times Culture Magazine (October 1st 2017). It was written by James McConnachie.
He was reviewing ‘Why We Sleep’- a book written by Matthew Walker, who is a professor of neuroscience and psychology at Berkeley, California. The book was published in September of this year.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Taylor-Byrne, R.E. and Byrne, J.W. (2017) How to control your anger, anxiety and depression, using nutrition and physical activity.  Hebden Bridge: The Institute for E-CENT Publications.
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Do you know how to optimize your emotional wellbeing using diet and exercise approaches?
This book is intended for educational purposes only, and does not purport to be medical advice.  Bear in mind that each individual body is probably pretty unique, because of its unique nutritional journey through life.  We are changed by the foods we eat, and some experts would say we ‘are what we eat’.  However, we also know that physical exercise changes the biochemistry of the body-brain, which changes moods and emotions, as well as promoting better cardio-vascular health, and oxygenation of the whole system.
Furthermore, there are many expert nutritionists and nutritional therapists available today, at reasonable fees; and you would be well advised to see a nutritionist, or some other kind of holistic medical practitioner, if you are concerned there might be a link between your current emotional state and your diet. And there are increasingly available lifestyle coaches, health coaches, and exercises coaches and personal trainers, who can help to get you into a new set of healthier dietary and exercise habits which will promote greater physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Nevertheless, despite the caveats above, there is undoubtedly a lot of very useful educational material in this book, based on recent, sound, scientific research, which could be helpful in guiding you towards your own answers to your questions about emotional health and wellbeing. The ideas in this book will also be an invaluable resource for counsellors, psychotherapists, health and lifestyle coaches, self-help enthusiasts and others.



Thursday, 5 October 2017

There is no standard or invariable structure that can be applied to all E-CENT counselling and therapy sessions.  There are several core models that we use to guide our counselling process – and they will be reviewed below – but they tend to occur in various, unpredictable patterns, depending upon the client’s narrative, and various automatic counsellor-judgements. 
There are at least twenty standard principles that guide the thinking of the therapist, but not all of these are activated by any particular client, or client-problem: (See Chapter 3).  And the E-CENT counsellor is, in any case, guided from non-conscious levels of mind, rather than consciously working out how to respond.  So how can I quickly give you an overview of a ‘fairly typical’ individual E-CENT counselling session, as a map of the territory to be explored?
Here is my ‘quick tutorial’ on how to apply E-CENT counselling in practice... For more, click here to go to my Homepage: ABC Coaching and Counselling Services, Homepage.***
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Saturday, 30 September 2017

The Preface of our new book is now available on our website. This is how it begins: "Despite our learning about the body-mind connection, from stress management and from Chi Kung, we continued to be controlled by the dominant psychological and psychotherapeutic model (as expressed in rational and cognitive therapy, and all other systems of therapy), in which the mind and body have been pulled apart and treated as separate entities. And therefore we continued to believe it was possible to help individuals who had problems with depression and anxiety, simply by talking about their beliefs, perceptions, interpretations and attitudes – regardless of how they managed their bodies.

"We both continued to have this schizophrenic attitude towards the body-mind – seeing them as united (for purposes of stress management), but strongly believing them to be separate (for purposes of psychology and psychotherapy).

"This schizophrenic approach fell apart in 2007, when I (Jim) began to ‘add back the body’ to the psychological/ psychotherapeutic understanding of human disturbance. (See the Holistic SOR model, in Byrne 2016[1]; and the body-connection, in Chapter 3 of Byrne 2017[2]). https://abc-counselling.org/diet-exercise-mental-health/


Saturday, 23 September 2017

REBT CBT Book: title, Unfit for Therapeutic Purposes





Dramatic video presentation on Rational and Cognitive therapy...

Tuesday, 19 September 2017