WALK AND TALK THERAPY
You probably visualise counselling as sitting opposite your counsellor in a traditional therapy room. But it doesn't have to be like that.
If you enjoy being outdoors, and walking, then walk and talk therapy might be for you. It offers all the same therapeutic benefits as traditional therapy but the counselling session takes place outdoors walking side by side. It isn't a fitness trial; we walk at a relaxed pace to allow for us to talk.
There are a number of benefits to walk and talk therapy. Firstly, being physically active in the fresh air can help you feel more grounded, release tensions and stimulate new thoughts and perspectives. It's also particularly helpful for those who feel stuck in some way (in life, a relationship, a job etc) as walking can feel more dynamic than traditional therapy and can bring a sense of freedom and a feeling of moving forward.
Secondly, if you're apprehensive about sitting in front of a counsellor in a therapy room you might find walk and talk less uncomfortable; walking side by side can be much less intimidating and helps release inhibition. Even if you’re confident talking face to face to a counsellor you might become apprehensive when confronting issues which are particularly difficult for you to talk about.
Finally, if you suffer with issues such as fear of open spaces, or of feeling judged by others for you appearance, having a counsellor at your side can ease some of the apprehension and allow therapeutic work to be done in a 'live' situation.
The first session takes place in my therapy room and further sessions take place in the Rivington area.