Counselling and
stress management
in Southampton

First steps

Read the Five Elements page to get more context.

During therapy, I may provide suggestions, based on traditional models of the five elements and my clinical experiences, of what the five elements could mean. Here's a small taste of each element based on its related seasonal quality.

A time for growing.

Hello Spring. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Spring is represented by the Wood element. A new cycle begins. Whether a small sapling or mighty oak tree, as the days start to lengthen, ask yourself: Who am I growing into? Maybe it's time to explore your Wood element.

Early summer.
A time for creating.

The days are really warming up now. Maybe take a moment outside to close your eyes and feel the rays of the sun as they caress your face. Ask yourself: How can I use my creativity to make the most of this year? There may be more options and possibilities than you think.

Late summer.
A time for connecting.

It's harvest time. We reap and hopefully celebrate what's been growing and maturing. The high point of a yearly, or any important cycle, ask yourself: How am I connecting? How you relate to others and yourself forms the ground of your life. Say Hi to your Earth element.

A time for letting go.

The days start to shorten. Take a moment to make yourself comfortable, become aware of your breathing and focus on your out breath. What's it like to let go? After the fullness of any in breath, of any experience, explore what it's like to let go and release as best you can.

A time for learning.

Yes! It's still Winter in the Five Element calendar. Spring is almost here but its not quite launched yet. You may be drawn to reflect on the last calendar year but maybe another important cycle in your life is coming to an end. What has this cycle taught me? What am I struggling to learn? What do I need to learn? How can I apply this learning as the promise of a new cylce, of new beginnings, beckons?