Tag: relationships

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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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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More tips to help survive Christmas!

Well, we say ‘survive’ but really it is all a matter of planning, arranging and agreeing to a festive season that suits your needs whilst supporting other family members and friends who might also find Christmas a difficult time. December, for example, is a month in which many relationships struggle as the stress of organising…

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Building a relationship with reading….

The title of this post really has a double meaning and is inspired by the radio show Talking Books on 10Radio in Somerset. The guests today were in the relatively early stage of their relationship – newly engaged and very much in love. Clearly, they were not in need of our couples counselling, or Shaping…

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More mindfulness practice: Jumping in puddles – cultivating a ‘beginner’s mind’

Many of you will have read our mindfulness posts in the past, perhaps learning some tips to try, or some poetry to focus on as you work to stay in the present moment. It isn’t always easy to make the necessary space and time in our busy lives, but the medical profession has at last…

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‘Re-charging’ the Christmas ritual….

As the days of December rush past, leaving us little time to pack in all the annual rituals – present buying, writing and sending cards, attending the work Christmas ‘do’- as well as trying to keep the non-Christmas side of our lives under control, it is all too easy to succumb to a bug, or…

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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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Philotimo – ‘let’s talk!’ about a Greek word for our times…

Last week we watched a video that really spoke to us here at The Terrace. Released by the Washington OxiDay Foundation it takes just 15 minutes to explain the Greek concept of Philotimo – something considered to be the highest of all Greek virtues and which determines and regulates how someone should behave in their family…

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A ‘let’s talk!’ book recommendation: Emotional Geology by Linda Gillard

Occasionally, here at The Terrace, we like to suggest books, films or programmes that we have enjoyed and which we think you will find interesting and thought-provoking. So today we have a review of Emotional Geology, written by Linda Gillard and available in paperback or on Kindle. Following the lead character, Rose Leonard, as she…

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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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Holidays are for relaxation, aren’t they? Some tips for really leaving stress behind…

On our Facebook page over the past week we have been thinking about how we can make the forthcoming school holidays a time when the whole family can relax and enjoy really nourishing time together. How often have we looked forward to a one or two-week break for the first six months of the year, only…

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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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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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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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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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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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