Walk and Talk Therapy
Take therapy outdoors to move toward your goals!
Tired of being stuck inside in an office or classroom sitting all day? Let’s get some fresh air and walk together. I offer walk and talk therapy sessions to those who want to get out in nature at nearby Balboa Park. Research demonstrates that exercise is good for the body and mind and may even improve psychotherapy sessions too.
Kate Hays, PH.D author of Working it out: using exercise in psychotherapy cites three key reasons for combining exercise and therapy:
1. It encourages a client to be more physically active for mental and physical health reasons.
2. It helps a client get “unstuck” when confronting difficult issues.
3. It spurs creative, deeper ways of thinking, often released by mood-improving physical activity.
“Some patients may become anxious when confronting something difficult in a traditional seated, face-to-face interaction,” Hays states. “Walking in parallel with visual distractions may allow for easier engagement.”
Walking also propels people forward. Clients find that talking and processing issues while walking helps them to see new possibilities and to access their strength–both physically through the movement, and also emotionally and spiritually. In addition to the healing power of movement, nature, fresh air and sunlight have also been proven to improve mood. Clients have expressed that walking during therapy can help shift heavy emotions and provide a sense of aliveness. People often connect nature or being outside with relaxation and fun. When walking during therapy, clients’ bodies relax and their mind is distracted, leaving them open to insights and shifting old patterns.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is walk and talk therapy any different than traditional therapy?
Q: How long is a walk and talk session?
We will typically walk 20-40 minutes in the park together and wrap up the conversation back in my office to complete your 50-minute session. Clients choose the pace of the walk and how far or long we walk together within the period of your session.
Q: Is there any additional costs for walk and talk therapy with you?
No. Walk and talk therapy sessions are the same fee as your regular 50-minute office sessions.