Tree of Life
Aims: This therapeutic space will offer support for young people in Enfield known to the EASA service. It will enable them to learn about their strengths and skills, reflect upon their hopes and values and how to achieve their goals. It will involve joining with others in a small group to create a story of their future hopes, as they would like them to be. This therapeutic space aims to enhance wellbeing.
How: Using the metaphor of the Tree of Life, we will explore how our roots and the knowledge and understanding we have taken in from important people/interests in our lives, contributes to who we are. We will learn about how this has given us riches and many strengths and skills. We will discover how these gifts have enabled us to weather life’s storms, with the support of others around us. We will connect as group or ‘forest’ and appreciate each person’s unique contribution to their story, further strengthening and affirming a sense of hope.
Other young people attending the group said:
Person X: ‘I learnt about my strengths’. ‘I learnt more about myself’…‘The others were so patient and kind’… ‘The layout of the tree was good and helped us follow a structure and think of how things worked and linked from one thing to another.’
Person Y: ‘I liked the roots and branches and knowing about my hopes like to have a special space.’…‘This was better than I had imagined it to be’….‘I liked meeting everyone’…‘Thank you’.
Person Z: ‘Thank you.’…‘Heart emojis on the screen.’… ‘The storms was the best bit – learning how to deal with the storms’…‘Finding space can help is what I learnt’.