WALK & TALK THERAPY
Walking and nature is a big part of my life and being in the great outdoors offers me a reset and has been a place of incredible healing over the years. Walking is now part of my daily self-care routine and I can honestly feel the difference when I haven’t had my daily walk. I have always hoped to merge my love for nature and walking with the work that I do and I feel that the current climate has given me the perfect opportunity to start so please take a look at the walk and talk page for more information and if you are interested please let me know.
What is walk and talk therapy?
Walk and talk therapy offers the benefit of both counselling and being out in nature. Instead of taking place in a traditional setting (face to face in a room or via video call) the therapist and client walks beside you in a neutral outdoor setting of your choice.
What are the benefits?
- For some clients walk and talk therapy may feel less formal and intimidating enabling them to relax and be more open to explore different thoughts and feelings.
- Research already shows that walking in nature can promote calm and lift your mood.
- Walking is a gentle physical exercise that is known to reduce blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and reduces the production of the stress hormone cortisol. Light exercise also releases endorphins into the bloodstream reducing pain and increasing feelings of wellbeing.
- Being outside and in nature can increase serotonin levels in the brain and has been known to help people suffering with depression and anxiety disorders.
How it works?
If after our initial consultation you decide I am the right therapist for you, we can talk further about how walk and talk therapy could work for you. We can discuss a suitable place for therapy to take place and make and agreement around how we will manage confidentiality. The sessions will last for 50 mins and you will set the pace and decide if you wish to walk for the who session or stop and sit part way through. If you try walk and talk therapy and you decide it isn’t for you we can return to the more traditional counselling setting to continue our work.
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