Some of my clients like to get outside and move their bodies during therapy. Many studies have shown how beneficial exercise and nature are for mental health. By walking outside during our sessions, we can incorporate nature and exercise directly into psychotherapy. This approach also helps some people feel more relaxed and comfortable about opening up.
Walk and talk therapy is good for those who want to be physically active and who find a natural environment supportive for the therapeutic process. It may be helpful for people who feel anxious, stressed, depressed, lacking in confidence, or who want to get more in touch with their bodies and physical capacity.
Walking sessions take place at an agreed upon trail or park, or in the neighborhood around my office. Our first meeting will take place in my office. After that, walking can be our primary way of meeting or it can be something that we do when you find it helpful.
The purpose of walking therapy is not strenuous exercise. Most of the time you will be encouraged to find a comfortable pace that will allow us to talk and reflect, and breaks will be taken as needed.
While physical activity and being outdoors has many health benefits, the privacy of an office can also be beneficial. Sometimes people feel more comfortable in an office setting, or find that sitting helps them focus inwardly more than walking. We can assess together what would be best for you at any given time.
If you have any questions about walk and talk therapy, or want to discuss it further, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.