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Psychotherapy & Complementary therapies – how to convince, not confuse

There is no doubt that the world of psychotherapy, counselling and complementary therapy has much to offer us as human beings, working  towards emotional well-being and physical good health. But occasionally, it seems, the simple fact that there are so many different types of therapy to choose alongside, or instead of, conventional medicine confuses  the…

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Poetry for Mindfulness – I go among trees and sit still…..

On ‘let’s talk’ we occasionally like to post a favourite quote,  a poem that strikes us as relevant to the work we are focusing on or simply words that mean something to us at a particular moment, on which we can focus our minds and enjoy ‘quieting’ our mind. Today we thought our readers (and…

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Breathing-space for your Brain – the science of mindfulness

  By Celia Kozlowski – science writer Celia Kozlowski is a freelance science writer and editor based in Somerset who completed the Mindfulness-based stress reduction training at The Terrace in Taunton and has written, through the ‘scientific lens’, how mindfulness works. The World War II slogan is everywhere these days—tee shirts, mugs,: Keep Calm and…

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2014: On the New Year – resolutions, re-acting and relationships…

Happy New Year and our best wishes to you for health and happiness in 2014. There are many ways people support themselves towards health and happiness at the beginning of the year  – many of us start by making ‘New Year’s resolutions’. That’s great – and it is an opportunity to see what you like…

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On the darker side of the sparkle

This is an interesting post asking us to think about those for whom Christmas is not always a happy time. It offers a checklist of the things to look out for if you are susceptible to depression or anxiety yourself, or see it in others.

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Grump or Grinch? How to let in the Christmas Spirit without Marley’s Ghost

Today we have another Christmas thought from Jane Gotto here at the Terrace. Firstly, we are not directing this at those who find Christmas a difficult time of year for reasons of  isolation, or depression and anxiety for example. It can be a hard, and sometimes life-threatening time of year. If this sounds like you,…

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Homeopathic tips for dealing with miserable winter colds & flu…

We recently held an evening talk here at The Terrace that was so well received we decided to share the speaker’s notes with you. Our subject was ‘Boosting your immune system for winter’ and we have already posted some aromatherapy hints here. Today we are sharing the thoughts of one of our skilled homeopathy practitioners,…

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“O why do you walk through the field in gloves, missing so much and so much?” ~ on being still and connecting with life

We follow this blog – zenandtheartof tightropewalking – and find it often deals with issues of importance to us here at The Terrace. This post is about our fear of engaging with the world around us, our fear of being bored and the lack of ‘connectedness’ in our lives. Our post about our Advent ritual…

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Creating a connected circle – an Advent ritual

This is another Christmas tip from Jane Gotto at The Terrace – a rather special one that you could use in a family group, in a circle of friends or in a workplace. December begins on Sunday and with it comes the thrill of the Advent Calendar. Sadly, the ritual of opening a door a day to…

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Guess who! Is a ‘Secret Santa’ a ‘stressbuster’ for the festive season?

So – we are already on to Christmas Tip No. 3 and it isn’t even December yet – but have you seen how so many people are already looking frazzled, carrying bags full of gifts they are not sure anyone will even like? Have you already browsed the ‘3 for 2’ shelves in department stores,…

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Boost your immune system – using aromatherapy in the home

On Monday 18th November The Terrace hosted a free talk given by three of our highly trained complementary therapists. It was so popular we thought we should share the fabulous tips the therapist offered. Today we focus on the work of Irene Cox, who offers advice on the use of aromatherapy to promote well-being. If…

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Keeping Christmas fresh and interesting…

Our second ‘Christmas Tip’ of the week, to ensure you come through the festive season healthily and with your relationships intact… So today we ask the question – Has the Christmas ritual become stale, and boring? Sometimes we just repeat what used to work, and wonder what has happened. What can have happened is children have…

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Christmas tips for a healthy & happy festive season….

Well there is no getting away from it – the shops are full of sparkle. They are also full of expensive gifts we may not have the money for and are playing background music that grates like nails down a chalkboard. With only a few weeks left until Christmas we thought that our popular  ‘Relationship…

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Successful family relationships – how parents AND children need support

Today’s post is written by Karen Green, who works from The Terrace. Karen is a fully qualified Chartered Clinical Psychologist and is registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS).  As a clinical psychologist who works with children and families I am faced with a wide range of concerns which have to be considered in the context…

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Shaping Anger – a workshop for couples

The Terrace is pleased to announce that Jill Gabriel is bringing her ‘Shaping Anger’ workshop to The Terrace in Taunton this autumn. This group has been running for many years in Bath. Since 1983 Jill has worked and trained as a counsellor and psychotherapist in both analytical and humanistic psychotherapy. For twenty two years she…

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How does the weather affect our mood?

The rain to the wind said, ‘You push and I’ll pelt.’ They so smote the garden bed That the flowers actually knelt, And lay lodged–though not dead. I know how the flowers felt. Lodged by Robert Frost For some of us, our mood seems inextricably linked to the weather. If you live in certain parts…

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The many faces of autumn….

On ‘let’s talk’ we occasionally look at the way we sense our feelings are reflected in the work of artists, poets, film-makers and writers. Creativity and mood are very closely linked and many who find no other way to express their feelings find an outlet in creative expression. The season is now definitely changing. We…

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By popular demand – a digest of our ‘Relationship tips of the week’

For the past three months or so The Terrace has been sharing a ‘Relationship tip of the week’ on Facebook each Friday. Short sentences of supportive words to take into the weekend, they have proved very popular so we thought a digest of tips might be useful. Perhaps you have missed one or two, or…

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Counselling – How does it help? Is it for me?

The Terrace is holding an Open Evening on Monday 16th September at 6pm Counselling and psychotherapy are recognised and established tools in supporting people through the ‘tough times’ and to grow better relationships, both at home and at work. Why would I come? People come because they want to feel better. Individuals, teenagers, couples and…

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Can we grow ‘accustomed to the dark’? – Emily Dickinson & facing your fears

A poem today, from the wonderful Emily Dickinson, who wrote so eloquently about despair, depression and sorrow, but also, in this poem, hope and facing your fears, meeting challenges and finding a way through. It is about ‘groping’ for a way out of that ‘darkness of the brain’, and although those brave enough might hit their…

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