“ Spring is Nature’s way of saying: Let’s Party!” (Robin Williams)
It’s the first full week of spring and the crocuses in our back yard are ‘pushing through’. Granted, the daffodils got a head start and came through the ground a month ago, at the same time as the first robins touched down on the front lawn. But now the new season is official, and I can hopefully store away the snow shovel without looking over my shoulder or up in the sky!
Spring reminds me of three important ingredients to effective counselling and therapy:
Movement . . . Change . . . Growth
“ I believe in process. I believe in 4 seasons.
I believe that winter’s tough, but spring is coming.
I believe that there’s a growing season. And I think
that you realize that in life, you grow. You get better.”
No season like spring ‘hits’ all of our senses with the ‘process’ of growing - bulbs emerging from the soil, new buds on the trees, and fields being cultivated and planted. Counselling and therapy is a process that builds and moves in stages, inviting us to grow, learn about ourselves, and ‘make’ ourselves better. It’s an experience that creates and promotes learning and growth.
“ In the winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move.”
Winter brings dormancy to the natural world. Spring instills movement - grass being raked and cut for the first time, backyard ponds and pools being readied for a new season, and deck furniture brought out of storage. So it is with counselling and therapy- movement is crucial. Homework exercises make counselling sessions relevant and practical. Activity and action is essential to all healthy therapeutic outcomes.
“ In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside 24 hours!”
- Mark Twain
Spring is the season of change. It’s easy to miss if we’re not observant or attentive. Session by session, my work and role as a therapist is to help facilitate the change clients want to make in their lives and to measure these changes, be they an improved relationship, an alleviated mood disorder, or a more fulfilling purpose in life.
So ask yourself:
- How are you growing?
- Are you moving?
- What changes can you make to improve yourself and your life?