What is Walk Talk Therapy?
Walk Talk Therapy is just like it sounds - the client and the therapist are outside walking during therapy instead of sitting inside an office. Many clients say that Walk Talk Therapy can be a more relaxed environment than the therapy office with an added mental and physical health benefits. If you are looking for an alternative approach to traditional talk therapy, walk talk therapy may be the right fit for you.
Reasons to Walk and Talk...
Walking and talking eliminates the confinement of a therapy room
Provides an alternative approach to therapy outside of traditional talk therapy
It may encourage you to live an active and healthy lifestyle
Clients have reported walking and talking provides, "clarity, builds strength, provides emotional balance, increase in energy, openness, focus, motivation, and a reduction in mental health symptoms."
Research has shown many physical health and psychological benefits
Exercise may be the non-drug equivalent of antidepressant medication (Otto & Smits, 2011)
Research over the last decade has proven that exercise boosts brainpower; specifically the use of exercise increases the ability to carry out tasks that require attention, concentration, focused thinking, organization, and planning (Bassuk, Church, & Manson, 2013)
Exercise boosts dopamine, which improves mood and feelings of wellness and jump-starts the attention system (Ratey, 2008)
Walking can boosts endorphins, which eases stress, tension, anger, fatigue, and confusion
One study found, "the amount of walking each day predicated a wide variety of positive psychological conditions" (Thayer, 2006)
Walk Talk Therapy Process
Initial session will take place in the office
A comprehensive treatment plan will be developed with you, including the creation of short and long term goals
Assessment measures will be utilized to track progress and overall experience
Appointments last between 50 - 60 minutes
Therapist will check-in with client before, during, and after session
Walk Talk is NOT intended to be a workout