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 therapy. This may be helpful for people who feel anxious, stressed, or depressed.
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. This approach also helps some people feel more relaxed and comfortable about opening up than when sitting in an office.
Walking sessions take place at an agreed upon trail or park. It can be our primary way of meeting together or it can be something that we do when you find it helpful, to supplement our online or in person meetings.
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.
While physical activity and being outdoors has many health benefits, sometimes people feel more comfortable in a completely private 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.