Tree of Life
We use a simple metaphor of a tree to represent elements of a person's life; roots (origin, family, ancestry, culture), ground (place of residence, hobbies), trunk (skills, memories), branches (hopes, dream, wishes), leaves (important people) and fruits (gifts) (Ncube, 2006). We re-tell the stories of our lives, reauthoring a preferred narrative and witnessing the re-telling which is very powerful. We also have sessions entitled 'storms of life' where we encourage thinking about what support we need individually and how to access that support and how the group can support each other when difficulties arise. The final part to the Tree of Life is the certification ceremony where parents and significant carers are invited to celebrate our new found understanding of ourselves and each other.