Verena founded Lotus and Fern after spending the last few years working with incarcerated adults. While carrying out countless assessment and treatment sessions in this context, one of the things that really stood out to her was how many clients reminisced about the ways that their lives may have been different had they been given the opportunity to learn about themselves and develop more adaptive ways of coping with their challenges as children.
While it is certainly still possible and advantageous for adults to learn more about themselves and practice new ways of coping, these clients often reflected on the opportunities lost, the relationships affected and how much harder it is to engage in this process after decades of seeing themselves or others in an unhelpful light and long histories of turning to maladaptive strategies in an attempt to cope with life’s challenges.
This is what this work is about.
Verena aims to provide as many young people as possible with the support they need to develop the self-confidence, resilience and coping skills to live fulfilling lives sooner rather than later. This is a lifelong investment because learning these skills now will help children and adolescents grow into adults who know themselves, value their worth and cope adaptively with their difficulties. And in turn, adults who truly know and value the worth of others, and possess the capacity to support those around them.