Counselling – what is it, what can I expect and how do I find the right counsellor for me?

The aim of counselling is to help a client develop a healthy sense of self, understanding their issues with clarity and respond appropriately. Firstly, what is Counselling? Counselling is sitting with a counsellor who is qualified to actively listen to your story and the difficulties you have, with empathy and understanding.   This counsellor listens and…

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The Humanistic approach: Not what is wrong, but what happened?

The practice of Humanistic Psychotherapy has gained significant recognition in recent decades. Having been a humanistic psychotherapist since the early 1990’s, Jane Gotto, Director of The Terrace, has noticed research and results have brought the humanistic approach – putting the person in the centre of the work – more mainstream. It is now challenging some…

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Teenage time-bomb: Why are our teens struggling with their mental health?

It has always been tough to be a teenager – it is a rite of passage; a period when wanting to be treated as an adult combines with the vulnerabilities of childhood to make an often confusing mix of emotions. But are 21st century pressures increasing the risks of long-term health issues? News today suggests…

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A Ritual to Read to Each Other, by William Stafford

As it is summer, and many of us are still finding time for relaxation – in the sun at last perhaps – we thought we would post another poem, this time by William Stafford, again read by David J Beauman. It is a terrific piece, called ‘A Ritual to Read to Each Other‘ and on…

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More poetry for Mindfulness – Horses at Midnight without a Moon – by Jack Gilbert

In the next few weeks we are migrating this blog over to our new website, so we have kept posts to a minimum. But as we head into our summer breaks  we are looking forward to taking time out, relaxing and working to ensure our energy levels are topped up for our autumn schedule. To…

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Thin Slices of Anxiety: Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) illustrated…

An article in The Guardian struck me quite forcefully today. It highlighted the value of a book that I have come across before – its pictures representing a personal struggle against anxiety in a way that speaks to me – and to many others who have to find ways to manage the feelings associated with…

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Managing stress – Men’s Health Week 2016

Today – Monday 13th June – marks the beginning of Men’s Health Week . This year the theme is stress, and the Men’s Health Forum which promotes the week in the UK asks: ‘We all get stressed. The question is: what do you do about it?’. Statistics show that 76% of suicides are by men…

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Infant Mental Health Week – let’s start as we mean to go on….

This week marks the first UK Infant Mental Health Week, with the aim ‘to open up the conversation about the importance of the first 1001 days: conception to age 2 period’. Many therapists are now looking at the importance of a child’s mental health from as early as conception, and certainly there is already evidence…

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5 fabulous exam tips for the final push…

Nearly there – the exam period is in full swing and all that revision should be paying off. Well, we hope so. It is a tough time for anyone finishing a school or college year; whilst others can relax and enjoy the early summer sun, there is last minute revision to be done and the…

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Therapy for Charity – Open Day May 2016

On Friday 6th May 2016 we held our first fundraiser of the year, and a great day is was too, a chance for clients old and new to treat themselves whilst helping us to raise funds for our fabulous hospice at St Margaret’s Somerset. A selection of treatments and therapies were available at a reduced rate, with all the money…

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The Brain with David Eagleman -What is reality?

Here at The Terrace we like to keep up with the latest thinking, especially when it comes to matters relating to the way we think and act, and what makes us, us. Earlier this year we saw a documentary in a series that explored how the brain, ‘locked in silence and darkness without direct access to…

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Depression Awareness Week -keep the campaigns going

Darker than grief, an implosion of the self, a sheet of ice: no matter how you describe it, this is a terrifying state to be trapped in Tim Lott, The Guardian Tuesday 19th April 2016. This week is Depression Awareness Week. Perhaps, when there are so many ‘awareness’ days, weeks and now months, we start to…

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Mental health in rural communities: A farmer’s life

Last week, officials from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) agreed to pursue the development of a mental health strategy for the farming industry, prompted by David Simpson MP, who demanded government intervention to deal with the specific mental strains that farmers face. Despite appearances – the rolling fields, animals peacefully grazing and fields of crops…

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‘Open Day’ Fundraiser for St Margaret’s Hospice

This year we are fundraising for a charity that is held in great affection across Somerset. St Margaret’s Hospice

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Start the day the right way – another healthy breakfast option

On ‘let’s talk!’ we have previously offered ideas for healthy meals and snacks.  Becky’s overnight oats went down really well, as did Jane’s Tabbouleh salad and when we shared a ‘healthy’ chocolate cake (well it is relatively healthy, as long as you don’t eat the lot in one go…..) we were greeted with disbelief. But we…

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More poetry as therapy- Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

In therapy, many counsellors work with clients who perhaps feel ‘stuck’ in a pattern of recurring behaviours that prevent them from fulfilling dreams, pursuing healthy relationships, or coping with challenges and developing resilience. Reading inspirational quotes on social media highlights how many famous sayings there are on the subject of living a mindful life, of…

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‘let’s talk!’ about EMDR

A therapy we have recently been asked to feature on ‘let’s talk’ is known by the acronym EMDR. This stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing and it was developed as a psychological therapy by American clinical psychologist, Dr Francine Shapiro, in the 1980s. Dr Shapiro also published the first research papers supporting the benefits…

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Treating Tension Headaches and Neck Pain with The Bowen Technique.

We have written a couple of posts about the Bowen Technique on ‘let’s talk! and they have always proved really popular. It is gentle, making it attractive to those who prefer a treatment that is less invasive. It can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, but here our expert Bowen therapist, Kate Weeks, looks…

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Domestic abuse: can ‘Drive’ change perpetrator behaviour?

Here at The Terrace we have a focus on couples work, and were interested to hear reports yesterday that some men, deemed to pose a high risk of domestic violence, will be given therapy on a one to one basis in order to address their abusive behaviour. Called ‘Drive’, the initiative is currently restricted to…

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‘Let’s talk!’ – about mens’ mental health

We have written before about the difficulties men face when they are experiencing mental health issues. It is nearly a year since we wrote of the Mental Health Charter for Sport & Recreation in Boys Don’t Cry and since then we have seen periodic moves to raise awareness of suicides amongst young men, for example….

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