The concept of a wave is a fairly universal one,

a symbol that can represent a number of things. Often, the experience of a difficult emotion is described as a wave, as each feeling is actually quite short-lived, lasting for only up to several minutes. However, we may relate to our emotions with judgment, fear, or perhaps try to avoid them altogether. Without adaptive strategies to channel the energy of our emotions and allow them to ebb and flow, they intensify, and we may begin to feel as if we might drown. WAVE Psychology and Center for Wellbeing provides therapy and resources that aim to strengthen the ability to "ride" the waves of emotions, rather than feeling controlled by them.

A wave may also represent the vast, complex sea that is our psyche. In addition to embracing the present moment, WAVE Psychology helps guide you through what may seem like a scary task -- confronting the depths of who you really are, from your past to your present. 

Finally, waves are commonly used to symbolize the breath, which, like our emotions, ebb and flow, moving in and out, supporting us in each moment. The breath is arguably the one constant of our physical selves and can serve as an anchor to ground us, amidst the ever-changing landscape of our lives. WAVE Psychology and Center for Wellbeing offers mindfulness-based strategies that help to cultivate an awareness of the breath and its usefulness as a tool for improving awareness, facilitating change, easing distress, and strengthening one's sense of self.

Emotional discomfort, when accepted, rises, crests, and falls in a series of waves. Each wave washes parts of us away and deposits treasures we never imagined.
— Martha Beck