Similar to a Dove symbolising peace, a Skylark is a bird that symbolizes hope and joy. What caught our eye specifically though, was that this bird represents “joy not understood by empirical methods” which we find to be so valuable in the pursuit of happiness. Although we use scientific methods in our treatment, there are elements to life that are unmeasurable, intangible, and sometimes, without words. One of these elements, is the feeling of liberating, tremendous joy that we all strive for.
There’s a famous poem, that we came across in our Skylark research, about social justice and the difficulties of enduring the disappointments and disillusionments of daily life – and how people long to be a like a Skylark: a bird without fear of these things, when really, everyone experiences them. As counsellors, we are here to support people in navigating towards that sense of hope and joy.