Why Seahorse Counselling and Psychotherapy?
To the ancient Greeks seahorses were the 'horses of the sea', in Greek mythology it was the seahorse who pulled Poseidon (God of the Sea) through the oceans. They named seahorse hippocampi.
In modern times the hippocampus is part of the limbic system within the brain, involved in our emotional processing and regulating stress.
The image of the seahorse is both majestic yet gentle and something that is somewhat unique that the male of the species births the babies. Perhaps then the symbol of the seahorse can offer us a representation of the balance of both feminine and masculine energies which we too hold within our psyches. Depth psychology terms these two drives the anima and animus, the unconscious masculine and feminine within us all.
In my work I am conscious of the more dynamic and also more receptive energies and where we may want to draw on different energies at different times in our lives, or perhaps we have been cut off from these qualities and can find helpful tools by strengthen and finding more useful tools as we navigate forwards.