About Me

Who is Anna?

Blue dragonfly Counselling and Psychotherapy belongs to Anna MacRae, a woman who has lived in different parts of the UK, born and reared in Scotland on the Isle of Mull in a wee village where everyone knew everyone (although it has changed drastically in the last 20 years), Having lived in Northern Ireland for the last 15 years, has recently moved back home to Scotland. My working life has always been around people either through customers/children or within the health and social care industry (hospitals and care settings). Having completed a health and social care degree, found that the modules selected were more on a mental health route. Alongside voluntary roles (to help underpin learnings) and trainings within those roles all seemed to lend towards a mental health direction. Having made the decision to attend the integrative counselling course, I have not looked back since. I am still on the journey of personal growth and development, healing wounds and shifting energies within.

It is a great privilege to be alongside clients as they transform and heal, to be able to be trusted and to have innermost wounds shared in sessions with clients hope and trust in me to hold. It takes great courage to bring awareness to wounds inside and have the confidence and faith in the psychotherapy processes, where I can assist and guide clients within their inner system to honour the vulnerabilities and pain and allow the process of awareness, insight and healing to take place. It is a place of great responsibility and pleasure. Hence the constant learning and updating of knowledge I feel committed to my obligation to be the best I can be, so my clients get their best experience in their journeys.

Firstly

Why a dragonfly? Well, that’s partly because I like them, as simple as that! Partly because of the dragonfly symbolism which is, amongst many things, transformation, adaptability, and self-realization, which is what happens within therapy.

During its transformation the dragonfly molts several times (anywhere between 8-17), undergoing great struggles and new beginnings, these are done often in great periods of darkness and isolation below the waters surface for the majority of their life before they transform into each new chapter.

Adaption being a frequent part of the life cycle and are usually difficult or uncomfortable to adjust to before we accept new beginnings and opportunities. When they finally transform into the beautiful dragonflys we know, they are in their final form, as such, they show us how it is to live in the moment and take advantage of the time given to live life to the fullest.

The dragonfly is a symbol of growth, maturity, and wisdom that one would achieve after living fully and gaining life experience. The dragonfly does this with such elegance, grace and beauty. the dragonfly reminds you you can be quick and light, or hover and be still, or change your path to any direction.

The dragonfly has special visionary powers, almost all their brain power (80%) is dedicated to sight, thus they are also symbols of vision and insight (they can see 360 degrees, like the owl) The dragonfly reminds you that you can look at things from different perspectives, letting your mind be flexible, and allowing your consciousness to expand beyond the mundane and into the vastness that is our own inner universe.

The dragonflys flight across water represents an act of going beyond what is on the surface and looking deeper into the implications and aspects of our own self-realization.

Envision the lightness of your being, like the dragonfly, and you can manage the changes coming your way with strength, confidence, maturity and wisdom.

Secondly

Why blue? Again, quite simply it is my favourite colour. The colour blue has huge symbolic relevance in lots of areas of our lives amongst them: music, art, history, cultures, civilisations, nature, business, sport, gender, religion and politics. It carries with it great meaning:

On one side: Intelligence, knowledge, communication, trust, efficiency, serenity, spirituality, duty, logic, coolness, reflection, calm, healing, integrity

On the other side: Coldness, aloofness, lack of emotion, unfriendliness, melancholy, sadness

Blue is the colour of the mind and is essentially soothing; it affects us mentally. Strong blues will stimulate clear thought and lighter, soft blues will calm the mind and aid concentration. Consequently, it is serene and mentally calming. It is the colour of clear communication.

The blue dragonfly asks you if you are being authentic? Are you presenting yourself and are you communicating in a way that reflects the truth of who you are and the highest version of who you were meant to be? As the saying goes, “The truth will set you free.” The blue dragonfly reminds you that we all need to stand in the truth and speak our truth.

Thirdly

The Caim.(Gaelic, meaning ‘protection’ or ‘sanctuary.’ This term is derived from the root word meaning ‘circle,’ ‘to bend/turn,’ which is evident when the Caim is being drawn) I’m drawn to the symbolism and meanings behind these ancient patterns and shapes. The Celtic symbols arrived in Scotland/Ireland, with the Celts an indigenous race that lived in groups across Northern Europe from pre 600BC to the Medieval Period.

The ‘Caim’  was the Celtic tradition of casting a ring or a circle of protection.

In therapy I use our ‘space’ to provide protection, trust, containment and safety for the therapeutic relationship to build and therefore to provide that sanctuary for healing, transformation and growth. This is the space where I ‘hold’ clients while they travel into their internal world, where they meet parts of themselves and form some understanding and awareness of actions, thoughts and beliefs they have been carrying for some time. This gives a safe place for unburdening and healing.

Fourthly

The Triquetra/trinity knot. (The meaning of this Celtic Knot is that with no beginning and no end, it represents unity and eternal spiritual life). The symbol’s line interweaves through the circle in an unbroken flow. There is no definitive Celtic symbol for family, but there are several ancient Celtic knots that represent the meanings of eternal love, strength and family unity. With these symbols, there is a common theme of love, loyalty, strength, unity and religious faith.

This Celtic symbol has three intertwined parts which represent the belief that everything of significance is in three parts. These can included- Earth, sky and sea; mind body and soul; Earth, Sun and Moon; heaven, earth and waters; birth, life and death; maiden, mother and crone; mother, father and child; beginning, middle and end, to name but a few.

With the arrival of Christianity to Scotland/Ireland in the 5th century, the Celtic trio was extended to include the Holy Trinity: God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. It also represents the unity of spirit when enclosed in a circle. The circle protects it, so the symbolic spirit cannot be broken. For me within therapy it is very much relating to the learning from the past, healing in the present and going forward into the future.

“You cannot control everything that happens to you; you can only control the way you respond to what happens. In your response is your power.”

— Anonymous

“There can be no growth if we do not remain open and vulnerable to what is new and different. I have never seen anyone take a risk for growth that was not rewarded a thousand times over.”

— John O’Donohue

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”

— Lao-Tze
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Anna MacRae

Fd Sc. Integrative Counsellor,
Sensorimotor Psychotherapist,
Internal Family Systems (IFS) Practitioner,
Couples Counsellor.

+44 (0) 78 3752 2572

info@bluedragonflytherapy.com

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