Redwood Sunset from British Columbia, Canada (where I was born) – Photo credit: Brandy Bain

I wanted to base my practice around a concept which emphasises strength and recovery from difficulties: resilience. Resilience means looking at dissatisfaction, stuckness, and distressing events in life as something temporary which can be worked through as a capable and adaptable person, with lessons gained in the process.

In considering entering counselling you may be saying, “Right, I’m carrying this pain with me now, but I’m going to find a way through it and come out the other side with insight and renewed strength.” You are finding a way to thrive through hardship.

California Redwoods – Photo credit: Scrubhiker/Flickr/CC

Redwood trees represent resilience in nature with many felt connections between themselves and the strength of the human spirit:

  • Thick bark which is impervious to fire, water, and pests – “thick skin”
  • When knocked down they will attempt to grow via their limbs – “if I get knocked down I’ll keep fighting and growing”
  • Will shift angles when terrain changes, with roots adjusting to steady themselves – “remarkable adaptability”
  • Roots can intertwine and at times will fuse together, providing tremendous strength against the forces of nature – “reaching out for social support”
Intertwining Roots – Photo credit: Joanne Eddy

Together we can work to access and build on your self-understanding and resilience, travelling down your path towards a more liveable life.

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