Why 'The Roses'?
A little bit of metaphor;
Life presents us with a lot of challenges and we don't always know how best to deal with them. Sometimes we avoid problems, hoping they will resolve on their own, all the time worrying about them, sometimes we feel anxious and confused about what to do, we can develop coping mechanisms that add to our problems. People can give us advice but somehow the solutions don't seem the right fit. When people come for counselling they feel opposing forces within them as a result of these difficulties and are unsure about how to move forward.
The Union Rose, or the Tudor Rose as it’s more commonly known, represents a union between these forces. The symbol was originally created by Henry Tudor at the end of the War of the Roses, in which the warring houses of York (represented by the white rose) and Lancaster (represented by the red rose) were joined, bringing stability to England.
Roses symbolise balance, new beginnings and hope; outcomes to aim for during our work together. The thorns, which may lead you to seek out counselling, signify pain and loss as well as defences, which are employed to help us cope.
We are not born with the knowledge of how to navigate every experience, especially painful ones, which may leave us feeling stuck. Counselling is a useful tool, providing support, consistency and space to make sense of the thorns in both the past and present. This insight provides new growth from where we can start to piece together what direction to face in next.