Why Walk & Talk Therapy?

Nature has always been a place where I feel most connected. Whether it’s walking in a forest, sitting on a rock by a waterfall, boating on the lake, or spending time in my backyard – I truly feel that this time is healing and restorative.

For the past few summers, I’ve spent a great deal of time hiking the Main Loop of the Bruce Trail in Hamilton. The hike is about 45-50 minutes in length, and I’ve always found that at the end of it, I feel more clear-headed. This time is so special to me – it has always felt therapeutic, and like it re-charges me after a difficult day. It wasn’t until I was listening to a Podcast for therapists (link at the bottom of the page, if you’re interested!) this spring and heard a therapist talking about how she does Walk and Talk therapy with her clients in San Francisco, that I got the idea to do Walk and Talk therapy. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it before!

Walk and Talk therapy is ideal for nature lovers, who like me feel energized when they are spending time outdoors. It is especially beneficial for people who are anxious, or who may find it intimidating to be sitting face-to-face with a person. Walk and Talk can also be a great solution for clients who are high-energy and have difficulty sitting still for long periods of time, or who do their best thinking while they’re on the move. And of course, Walk and Talk provides a great opportunity to get some physical exercise at the same time as mental exercise – always a great combination!

Walk and Talk therapy may not be for you if you have difficulties with walking for extended periods of time, or a medical issue that would prevent this type of activity. Confidentiality may also be a consideration for some. Although the trail we take generally isn’t very populated, there is a chance that others may overhear part of the conversation. If that makes you uncomfortable, then maybe more traditional counselling in the office is more appropriate for you.

So how does it work? For clients who are interested, I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation to discuss the benefits and drawbacks to Walk and Talk, and whether it’s right for you. If you decide that it is, we will meet a few minutes early the day of the first session to sign the Walk and Talk consent before we begin our walk. As I do for all counselling sessions, I will write my notes afterwards so there will still always be a record of what we discussed and next steps. If at any point you change your mind and want to transition to office-based sessions, no problem! You are free to switch back and forth between the two at any time.

Have more questions? Give me a call at (289) 689-7194 or send me an email at kayleen@rootsinwellness.ca and I’d be happy to chat!

Kayleen Edwards

Registered Psychotherapist


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