Peaceful Living Mental Health Counseling

Walk and Talk Therapy

Research has consistently shown that physical activity does wonders for mental health. It’s been proven to:

  • Reduce Stress / Increase Relaxation
  • Boost “Happy” Chemicals
  • Improve Self-Confidence
  • Prevent Cognitive Decline
  • Alleviate Anxiety
  • Boost Brainpower
  • Sharpen Memory
  • Help Control Addiction
  • Become more Productive
  • Tap into Creativity

What is Walk & Talk Therapy?

Walk and Talk Therapy is a therapeutic psychotherapy session that takes place while walking outside. These sessions are not used as a form of exercise; the client determines the pace and the rhythm of the walk. Fortunately, the client will reap the benefits of engaging in this physical activity, either way. These sessions are instead used as a form of Mindfulness, and as a catalyst to get clients to talk more openly about their emotions. The shift from the traditional office setting into nature helps the client feel more relaxed and engaged. Clients can choose when and how often to utilize the Walk & Talk sessions and have the option to move the session back to an indoor traditional setting at any time.

Being in nature is meditative and grounding. So, before we begin the session, we’ll engage in some traditional mindfulness techniques to transition from the craziness of work or rush hour traffic and into our Walk & Talk Therapy session. Mindfulness is the art of noticing; the art of living in the present moment so prior to diving into conversation we’ll take time to breath, to pause, to be still, to let go and to remember. So many of us go through life on autopilot; these mindfulness techniques are important to gain clarity before engaging in conversation.

Is Walk & Talk Therapy for Me?

Walk & Talk Therapy Sessions are not for everyone. Some clients prefer sitting in a cozy room, on a comfortable chair but I challenge everyone to try out one of these sessions. Some clients have tried traditional therapy before and felt trapped by the four walls of a room. Walk & Talk Therapy works well for clients who are interested in therapy but are looking for non-traditional methods. This type of therapy also works well for clients who are anxious about starting therapy or have a hard time opening up, and for restless teens. Walk & Talk sessions allow the client to feel less like they are under a microscope and more relaxed allowing rapport to be established especially with new, anxious or guarded clients.

Some clients use the Walk & Talk sessions on an as need basis when discussing difficult topics. It can be intimidating for a client to sit across from someone and make direct eye contact when discussing difficult topics. The walking session allows for a less intimidating and more comfortable setting to share things that may not be so easy for the client, such as trauma or topics that cause guilt, shame or grief. Walking side by side and looking forward towards nature rather than sitting across from and directly making eye contact with a therapist, allow for easier engagement and vulnerability to take place.

Walk & Talk Therapy sessions work especially well for clients battling depression, experiencing alienation or feeling stuck. Depressed clients often "turn a corner" when engaging in regular physical activity. With Walk and Talk therapy we're moving forward literally and figuratively. Movement propels people forward and stimulates the brain allowing for clients get unstuck and explore passions. Clients who are feeling alienated or trapped in a relationship or job, can feel a sense of freedom and confidence with Walk & Talk Therapy. This type of therapy will allow the client to view a situation with more clarity, more insight, and make connections which they otherwise might not.

Clients who try Walk & Talk Therapy often have very dramatic shifts in their thinking. It allows for more creative and deeper ways of thinking and is conducive to the process of self-discovery. Walk & Talk Therapy sessions allow the client to get lost in their thoughts and emotions. It allows some clients to open up more than they would when sitting in a room. The blood is pumping, their endorphins are flowing and clients are more open to new ideas because the mind and body connection are working in a different way within the healing power of nature.

Helpful For:

  • Clients who are anxious about starting therapy
  • Clients who have a hard time opening up
  • Clients looking for non-traditional methods
  • Clients who need to discuss difficult topics
  • Restless Teens
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Feeling Stuck
  • Alienation
  • Tap into Creativity

Walk and Talk Therapist

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