By Christina Lynch Psy.D
This logo represents the mental suffering and healing our clients experience and entrust to us as part of the therapeutic relationship.
The thorns represent the crown of thorns Our Lord wore during His Passion. Our client’s suffering is symbolized in the thorns which Our Lord asks us to hold in our hearts while our clients share their pain. The Lord then asks us to return His crown of thorns with their suffering back to Him, the Divine Physician, so that He can heal their mental anguish. The flower and the buds represent new life allowing them to break free from whatever may be blocking their spiritual growth.
The flower in the logo is a dogwood flower. There is a legend that at the time of the Crucifixion the dogwood had been the size of the oak and other forest trees. So firm and strong was the tree that it was chosen as the timber for the cross. To be used thus for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the tree, and Jesus, nailed upon it, sensed this, and in His gentle pity for all sorrow and suffering said to it: “Because of your regret and pity for My suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grown large enough to be used as a cross. Henceforth it shall be slender and bent and twisted and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross….two long and two short petals. And in the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints, brown and rust and stained with red, and in the center of the flower will be a crown o thorns and all who see it will remember.”