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Walk + Talk Therapy
Walk + Talk Therapy also called walk and talk therapy, is a relatively new, innovative counseling method. Instead of sitting isolated in an office, we focus on moving forward, confronting our fears, and overcoming them.
Walk + Talk Therapy is just as it sounds— the client and the therapist are outside walking during therapy, instead of sitting inside an office.
This counseling method encourages people to be more physically active to promote both mental and physical well-being.
Our mind is connected to our body. That’s why it’s crucial to establish a healthy and balanced relationship between our mind and body. The focus on negative thoughts is shifted towards moving, breathing, and just enjoying a good talk by walking.
I could walk a mile in your shoes, but I already know they’re just as uncomfortable as mine. Let’s walk next to each other instead . . .
WALK + TALK THERAPY FITS EASILY INTO YOUR DAILY ROUTINE. RESEARCH HAS CONFIRMED THAT “WALK AND TALK” THERAPY CAN LESSEN SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY, ENCOURAGE POSITIVE CHANGES IN BEHAVIOR, AND IMPROVE MENTAL CLARITY.
Being in a serene setting calms the mind and allows faster access to emotions.
Walk + Talk therapy locations include places like Phoenix Mountain Preserve, Scottsdale/Arcadia Canal, Scottsdale Greenbelt, Granada Park, and Chaparral Park.
Before we begin Walk + Talk sessions and decide on a location, we will meet in my Scottsdale counseling office for an intake session, where we will discuss issues of confidentiality, safety, and discretion when encountering other people.
With walk and talk therapy, you can enjoy a good walk and communication with your therapist.
What’s more, if you have difficulties establishing a trusting relationship with your therapist, this form of therapy is an excellent opportunity to help you connect.
If you had trouble building relationships with other therapists, this form of counseling can remove much of the stress and anxiety that comes with in-office sessions.
Our mind is connected to our body, and when our body moves, our mind is more open to the present moment and change.
Walking can be a mindfulness exercise in allowing the horizon to keep one present, helping those who need to be outside the confines of four walls.
Being outdoors often soothes the mind and shifts our thinking to increase clarity.
Research has shown that exercise can significantly decrease anxiety and depression while improving overall mood. Walk + Talk Therapy encourages clients to be more physically active in order to promote both mental and physical health. It deepens ways of thinking and helps clients to get “unstuck” while confronting difficult issues. Walk + Talk Therapy also allows clients to feel like they are moving forward, ahead of their issues and encourages them to tackle their challenges with more power and efficiency.
WHO COULD BENEFIT FROM WALK + TALK THERAPY?
Individuals may benefit who . . .
are looking for an alternative to the in-office session but want to maintain the in-person therapeutic approach;
would like to create a significant change in their lifestyle by incorporating physical movement, talk therapy, healthy habits, and positivity; would benefit from the meditative and energizing effects of walking in nature and getting fresh air.
Benefits include . . .
clearer thought processes and open-minded brainstorming abilities,
a decrease in symptoms of depression and anxiety,
feeling less inhibited and more in touch with feelings,
an increase in confidence and feelings of empowerment and mastery, and
the reinforcement of the use of walking as a healthy coping mechanism.
It will be more like building a trusting relationship with a friend or acquaintance than with a counselor.
Conditions that walk + talk therapy can be useful in treating include anxiety, stress, depression, addiction, bereavement, and anger-related issues.
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Walk + Talk Group Therapy
Walk + Talk Group Therapy happens outside with 15-25 minutes of topic or skills being introduced, followed by 35-40 minutes of walking discussion and processing. Why group therapy? The group process easily addresses many of the symptoms people find most difficult. Groups address the isolation we feel when we are struggling, in a group you cannot suffer alone. Groups give access to a complete support system, groups help individual practice skills in real time and real life situations. Groups are cost effective, as well.
Who benefits from group therapy? Well, just about anyone can benefit from group therapy but here are a few: You are new to therapy; a group can be a nice introduction to the therapeutic process and help kick start the self exploration process. You are a person who has some coping skills but cannot seem to apply them when you need them most. You are working with a therapist who has suggested or recommended you attend a group.
Group Topics Offered: Anxiety, Medical illness, Chronic Pain, Women’s Issues and Life Transitions.