Walk and talk therapy is a form of therapy session taking place outdoors, rather than being in a therapy room. Therapists and clients can use their local surroundings to their benefit, such as having the session while walking along the coast, using local footpaths, forest routes, walking around hills and valleys and other local natural spots.
Walk and talk therapy can be especially helpful for you if you don’t normally have the opportunity to get out into nature very often or if you feel you might thrive better in nature environment rather than indoors. It might be helpful for clients who may feel a little anxious or claustrophobic in the environment of a one-to-one session in a room.
Working therapeutically outdoors can help releases endorphins which has a known positive impact on mental health and is generally mood-enhancing. As we move forwards in the sessions physically, the sense of looking forwards to the changes can sometimes help with feelings of being ‘stuck’.
It is worth bearing in mind that working outdoors also has its limitations and disadvantages. For example, it can be difficult to manage privacy and confidentiality in public space where there are other people around. The weather change can affect the therapy plan. In general, there are always more risks associated when we are not in a more controlled environment like a private therapy room.
If you are interested in or are considering having Walk & Talk therapy, please get in touch with me to discuss.
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