Tag: counselling

The Grip of Addiction – by Jim Clancey BACP Accred

Addiction comes in many shapes and sizes. Drinking, shopping, gambling, drugs, pornography, gaming, sex and so on.  The repetitive returning to a behaviour that was initially supportive, can become counterproductive and harmful. What once felt like a gentle holding can become a firm grip that is difficult to break free from. Whatever the reasons for…

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Researching counselling – Some useful resources

Researching counselling support? Following on from our previous blog, we thought the links and resources below may be useful. There are so many choices it can be confusing. Whilst most of the therapists at The Terrace use a range of theories in their work, it is useful to understand your options. Have a look at…

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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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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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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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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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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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On letting go, and being here…

“If you want to fly on the sky, you need to leave the earth. If you want to move forward, you need to let go the past that drags you down.” ― Amit Ray, World Peace: The Voice of a Mountain Bird Today we have been thinking about letting go – of people who can…

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On transformation and facing your fears – the role of mindfulness on the journey to peace

Mindfulness is something we are deeply committed to here at The Terrace, and have offered a number of blog posts highlighting the value of poetry in the promotion of stillness and being present in the moment. So when we came across the poem reproduced here today, we just had to share it. Called Unconditional, it is…

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‘Boys don’t cry’ – Will the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation help men open up?

The Guardian newspaper reported today that former star of the Premier League, Clarke Carlisle, has said he felt “no shame” about his suicide attempt in December 2014, when he was ‘incredibly unwell’. The former Burnley and Leeds United  footballer  stepped in front of a 12-ton lorry on the A64 near York and was seriously injured….

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The Terrace Taunton: The first twenty years: An interview with Jane Gotto

2014 was an exciting year for The Terrace in Taunton, marking as it did the twentieth anniversary of its establishment and its development into a leading psychotherapy and complementary health centre in Somerset. There was much to celebrate, and even more to look forward to  – no one is slowing down now. To mark the…

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Dealing with anger in angry times (1)

Do you sometimes open a newspaper, or turn on the television and almost immediately feel your blood boil? Does the language used by politicians and presenters seem designed to raise your blood pressure? Does the shouting, drama and fear expressed in TV soaps or reality shows make you feel ‘on edge’? Sometimes it seems we…

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Post-exam stress: Be mindful with poet William Stafford..

Over the past two weeks we have been offering exam tips over on our Facebook page, and here on the blog. At last the exam season is drawing to a close and those who have been under immense pressure over the past few months can begin to unwind and resume their routine. Of course the…

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Can you measure happiness? And should we even try?

We recently published a post on ‘let’s talk’ by Rin Hamburgh, a regular contributor to the Positive News network, which aims to  ‘inform, inspire and empower our readers, while helping create a more balanced and constructive media’. We are happier if read more positive news it seems; if we appreciate that despite what many journalists would…

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A commitment to stop abuse: the NSPCC is our charity for 2014

Here at The Terrace in Taunton we have, for a number of years now, ‘adopted’ a charity with whom we work for a year and for whom we raise funds at various events. In the past we have supported bibic and St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice and both remain dear to our hearts. However, in 2013…

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Make St Valentine work 365 days of the year….

More relationship tips for St Valentine’s Day – and today is the day… For many, this is a day that can really intensify feelings of loneliness, and we do recognise that.  The commercialisation of one day of the year upon which all our hopes of love are apparently supposed to hang can be frustrating and,…

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Relationship tips for St Valentine’s Day & beyond..

In recent weeks Jane Gotto has been offering a ‘Relationship Tip of the Week’ on our Facebook page for those of us interested in Valentine’s Day, or for anyone interested in a good opportunity to refresh and look at a relationship. Today we bring some of the most recent ones together and next week will make…

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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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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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