Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. -Eddie Cantor
WHAT:Walk the Talk Therapy is a counseling session that has been taken to the streets.Often these sessions take place outdoors where the therapist and client walk side by side during the journey of therapy.Taking a walk together is an active metaphor for therapy.This therapy technique fuses the mind-body connection that many people require to make a change.
BENEFITS: Today's fast paced, capitalistic, media saturated, demanding society does not leave room for us to breathe.The process of walking slows us down while helping us to be mindful and practice being in the moment and in our bodies.Many clients feel that Walk the Talk Therapy is a more relaxed environment than the counseling office.Others state that it is a great way to jump start or support an active lifestyle.
Clients express that these sessions reduce stress, make you feel better instantly and increase overall feelings of calm.This can be a great way to kill two birds with one stone: conditioning your physical and emotional well being.Walking while sharing your struggles and life stories can be meditative and help you to get grounded.
Being physically and emotionally present allows us to practice not rushing through our lives but truly experiening it.Movement helps both the client and therapist to stay present, attuned and active in the process of change. The science of walking enhances the "happy" brain chemicals released through endorphins.
LOGISTICS:Walk the Talk Therapy is not for everyone. Just as with all approaches to therapy, clients are able to discontinue at any time.Clients that are good candidates for this technique will be physically fit enough to walk with periodic breaks for 30-90 minutes, depending on the length of the session. This type of therapy is a therapeutic offering not a requirement for my clients.
Candidates will be clients who feel comfortable discussing most portions of their treatment in open spaces where confidentiality can not be guaranteed and there aren't concerns about being seen with their therapist.Clients that feel seated therapy is not working for them may also be a good fit for this approach.
Whether you are looking for an aerobic therapy walking session or a meditative, relaxing walking session, I am happy to match your pace.Walking spaces include outdoor tracks, public parks, and I can even meet you at your workplace for all or part of your lunch break.The space will be determined by taking into consideration the comfortability and safety of both the therapist and client.
Want to bring your dog? Great.Your pet can help you to feel more relaxed and comfortable.For some clients it can be a distraction, so you should make a decision based on your circumstance.Walk the Talk Therapy is an approach to counseling that can be introduced at any point in our work together.
Just speak up and let me know what type of session you prefer.