Rosebuds and Thorns Worksheet


Download this pdf to help guide you and your client through a collaborative discussion of goals. Highlighting the blossom (motivating factors) and thorns (fears/barriers).


Roses and Thorns Worksheet

Psychosocial Support Tool for Introspection and Reflection

Download this pdf to help guide you and your client through a collaborative discussion of goals. All goals have motivating factors to accomplish them and perceived barriers that keep people from reaching for them! Let’s help our clients get to the root of their future goals.

This is a fantastic tool to support clinical discussion and reflection. Occupational therapy facilitates discussion to improve self-reflection and introspection (executive function with emotional regulation).

Longer Description:

Embarking on self-reflection through the analogy of a rose with thorns offers a profound lens through which to examine the complexities of our experiences. Much like the multifaceted nature of a rose, our lives encompass both moments of beauty and challenges.

The rosebud serves as a symbol of growth, resilience, and inherent beauty. It represents the moments of joy, success, love, and fulfillment that grace our lives. Just as a rosebud gradually unfolds its petals, we too undergo a process of growth and transformation, revealing our inner strengths and potential.

Conversely, the thorns represent the obstacles, setbacks, and conflicts that punctuate our journey. They test our resilience, patience, and perseverance, often presenting formidable challenges to overcome. Yet, much like the thorns of a rose stem serve a purpose in protecting the delicate flower, these challenges play a vital role in shaping our character and fostering personal growth.

By embracing both perspectives—the rosebuds and the thorns—we gain a deeper understanding of our experiences. We recognize that life is a tapestry woven with moments of beauty and adversity, each contributing to the richness and depth of our journey. In acknowledging the beauty of the rosebuds and the lessons learned from the thorns, we cultivate gratitude and resilience.

Through self-reflection, we uncover the inherent wisdom and insights that emerge from navigating life’s complexities. We learn to find meaning and purpose in every aspect of our journey, recognizing that every experience—whether joyful or challenging—contributes to our growth and evolution.

In essence, the analogy of a rose with thorns reminds us that life is a delicate balance of beauty and challenges. By embracing both aspects with grace and gratitude, we can navigate our journey with resilience and emerge stronger, wiser, and more appreciative of the richness of our experiences.

Other helpful links:

Check out BOT Portal: Resource Site for Occupational Therapy Students and Practitioners

Keywords for Psychosocial Occupational Therapy Documentation