Pearl means “unique”, attesting to the fact that no two pearls are identical. Pearls begin life as a humble grain of sand that is transformed into a beautiful gem. They symbolize the best within us honesty, purity, wisdom and integrity. They not only provide a mirror in which to see ourselves, but give us insight into how we appear to others.
Pearls are formed inside the shell of certain molluscs as a defense mechanism against potentially threatening irritant such as a parasite inside its shell or an attack from the outside injuring the mantle tissue. The mollusc creates a sac to seal off the irritation keeping it safe from harm. This is nature’s way of protecting the inner pearl from injury.
Humans too build psychological defenses as protection from threats, trauma, and other life difficulties. Counselling provides the space to explore and understand these defenses and learn from them as to why they are there and what you can do to reveal the “pearl within”. Having a supportive person listening and being there for you is the experience in counselling. After a while you will learn to see things differently empowering you to take control of your life and your feelings.