Why Fern Green Wellness?


Why Fern Green?


I love being in nature. Especially in green environments with trees, plants, grasses and ferns. I lived and worked in New Zealand in 2014-2015 and I loved how much wilderness there was to explore. In many cultures, including the Maori culture in New Zealand, the fern is symbolic. It represents sincerity towards others, shelter, hope, posterity, transformation, inspiration, awakening, renewal and hope. Through my research into the fern and it’s meanings to people throughout the World, I realised that many of these words represent what I believe counselling can offer.



The fern begins life tightly coiled then goes through growth and change as it unfurls to take on its final form. With the right environment it goes through periods of growth and development. The counselling process can involve a similar pattern and movement given the right conditions. The right conditions can be provided by me, your counsellor. Through our work together parts of you will begin to soften. You’ll begin to let go of things that are weighing you down, or keeping you closed off from living life to the full. You will be able to see yourself in a different way, feel more positive about who you are and what you are capable of doing.



Why Wellness?

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

World Health Organisation

As important as it is for us to explore why you’re not feeling well I also believe focus belongs to helping you feel well again. Exploring what wellness looks like to you and how you would like to incorporate wellness into your recovery.  Having experienced mental illness / distress, I want to equip you with the skills and tools you need to help yourself if times get hard again. Counselling is about learning more about yourself and getting better at recognising when you’re starting to struggle. It’s also about being aware of things that help you maintain wellness and cope in difficult times. I believe that self-care is a great part of wellness and recovery, as is self-acceptance and self-forgiveness. This is why I personally practice yoga and mindfulness meditation.

when you start to feel better it offers a chance to re-evaluate life. You will look at things differently, priorities may have changed. We can spend time in our closing sessions exploring what steps you will take after counselling to maintain what wellness looks like to you.