Category: Adults

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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Could nutritional therapy be for you? Pop in on 18th May!

Although it officially started at the end of March, spring is finally in the air! Winter has been holding on bringing with it cold, dark days which can have a detrimental effect on our health. So here are a number of health signals that mean your body may need a gentle nudge towards the transition…

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nutrition for health and energy

Everything we eat and drink affects how we think and feel! Our mood, learning ability and memory are all affected by the type and quality of foods we eat. With this in mind we are delighted to welcome nutritionist Claire Kimber to the team at The Terrace. Here are some key facts from her 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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Conflict in Couples; the value of working with anger in relationships

– by Jill Gabriel, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist. For many of us, it is a challenge to understand and tolerate conflict as a healthy part of intimate relationships. This may be rooted in our upbringing, especially if anger was expressed in ways a child might find confusing and frightening. Being in intimate relationships and raising children…

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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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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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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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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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A moment’s madness…Preventing Road Traffic Accidents affecting young people

Here at The Terrace we are always keen to promote campaigns that support young people as they take on the responsibilities of adulthood. Pressures on them are numerous, and it is important to ensure there is the proper education in place to ensure they have all the information they need to make healthy decisions. One…

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Insomnia – How psychotherapeutic techniques can help.

Here at The Terrace we are lucky enough to have a group of therapists skilled at working with clients on specific issues. Today we are highlighting insomnia – an inability to sleep – that can affect any of us for brief periods (due to a short-term stressful situation for example). However, for some it can…

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Switch off the email notifications, switch off the stress….

Do you ever switch off? REALLY switch off? Many of us take a break by going for a walk, chilling on the sofa with a box set of our favourite programme, or having a meal out with friends. But is it really relaxation if we take our phones with us and allow it to make…

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Bullying – Top tips for parents and carers

November 16th marked the beginning of ‘Anti-bullying week’ and we thought it would be a good idea to highlight some of the information and support offered online. After all, bullying doesn’t just take place in the playground, or at work. Cyber-bullying has opened up a myriad new ways to exert power over the vulnerable, particularly over…

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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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Guest post: A Little Play (dough) Goes a Long Way

Here at the The Terrace we are always keen to promote ways to relieve stress and aid our general feeling of well-being. Play therapy is something we usually think of in relation to supporting vulnerable children, but in this guest post, written today by Sarah Cruickshank, we can see there is value in play for…

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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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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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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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