"These sessions take place outdoors where the therapist and client walk side by side during the journey of therapy.
Q: When is Walk and Talk therapy beneficial?
The science of walking enhances the "happy" brain chemicals released through endorphins. Studies have show that increasing physical activity can support the reduction of symptoms of depression and anxiety. Many people also find that walking with their counselor supports building a healthy relationship with a balanced/healthy active lifestyle. Clients that are good candidates for this technique will be physically fit enough to walk or use a wheel chair with periodic breaks for 30-50 minutes. Just as with all techniques in therapy, clients are able to discontinue and return to the office at any time.
Candidates will be clients who feel comfortable discussing most portions of their treatment in open spaces where confidentiality cannot be guaranteed and they are not concerned about being seen with their therapist.
Q: Is this a cardio workout or personal training?
No. The client sets the pace. The focus is on your processing, and not on exercise-although getting the blood moving connects the brain, and clients share that increasing movement in life is an added health benefit that they enjoy!
Q: Can I switch back to the office if I find I don"t enjoy this? Or can we alternate from week to week?
Absolutely! It is completely your choice to take the session outdoors for a Walk and Talk session, or to remain inside the office if that"s what you prefer. I completely respect your choice and honor what feels best to you. There may also be times I advise we stay in office when the support that is needed is not best met during a walk."
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