Tag: Psychotherapy

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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Anger is an ally

Following on from our last post, we would like to share with you a really interesting read about anger. Written by Jenner Roth (founder-director of Spectrum) and originally printed in 1994, it looks at working with anger and its manifestations. Most people think of anger as synonymous with violence. Their image of anger is of…

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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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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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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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‘let’s talk!’ about ‘parity of esteem’ in mental health

Over the past few weeks we have heard the term ‘parity of esteem’ used a lot, in relation to mental and physical health. It is an important phrase with an important meaning, but how many of us really know what it means? And would parity of esteem actually improve the way mental health services are…

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Shell Shocked Britain – The First World War & inter-generational trauma

As we approach the first Remembrance or Armistice Day commemorations of the First World War centenary  it is appropriate to be mindful of what exactly we are marking on Sunday, and on the 11th of November 2014. Yes, we are offering up our thanks to those who gave their lives in the Great War and…

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Dealing with anger in angry times (2)

In a previous post we looked at the ways in which we can cope with feelings of anger in a society that is increasingly prone to focus on the negative; stereotyping and reporting on issues that can make our blood boil. We looked at how we can focus on those issues that we can influence,…

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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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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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Legal Aid – still available for Family Mediation

There has been lots of publicity about changes to the Legal Aid system, but  legal aid is still available for family mediation from Ministry of Justice approved organisations. South West Mediation is an approved organisation, and are the largest provider of family mediation in the West Country. At your first meeting the mediator can assess…

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Have you seen ‘My Life As a Dog’? A film full of life lessons…

‘My Life as a Dog’ is a Swedish film released in 1985 and having just had the privilege of watching it I realised what a truly touching film Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom has created. In brief, the film is an examination of the adult world through the eyes of an 11-year-old boy in the late ’50s….

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The Terrace Humanistic Psychotherapy and Complementary Health Centre is based in Taunton, in the heart of the beautiful county of Somerset. Many therapists work with us, offering a wide range of counselling services, complementary health and massage and manipulation therapies. Here at The Terrace we have become increasingly aware of the importance of raising awareness…

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