In a world that’s constantly hustling and bustling, finding the right therapy approach that suits your lifestyle and preferences is crucial. Walk and Talk Therapy is a refreshing and innovative twist on traditional counseling that combines the benefits of beautiful outdoor spaces, gentle movement, and
the therapeutic process.
5 Fabulous Facts about Walk and Talk Therapy
Nature’s Therapy Room
Embracing the great outdoors, Walk and Talk Therapy takes you into nature’s therapy room. Surrounded by fresh air, greenery, and the soothing sounds of nature, this unconventional setting can provide a calming and grounding atmosphere, facilitating a more relaxed and open therapeutic experience.
Many people find it easier to open up and share their thoughts and feelings while engaged in physical activity. The rhythmic movement of walking can serve as a natural icebreaker, making it simpler to dive into sensitive topics.
Stress Reduction and Physical Benefits
Movement is well-known for its positive effects on mental health. Engaging in a walk during therapy not only helps to alleviate stress but also releases endorphins, the “feel-good” hormones. The physical activity can be particularly beneficial for individuals dealing with anxiety or depression, providing a holistic approach to mental well-being.
Meeting You Where You Are
Our team will strive to meet you where you are, physically, emotionally, and geographically! Physically, you set the pace, whether it’s a brisk hike, gentle walk, or mostly time spent seated on a bench, we will find the balance that’s right for you. Emotionally, you share and explore what you’re ready, when you’re
ready. Geographically, we have multiple trail options to choose from, reach out to learn about our current trail options to find a spot that is best for you.
You Can Walk and Talk All Year Long, Yes, Even in Canada
Our team offers walk and talk sessions all year long. We’ll dress for the weather and enjoy our time in nature. But some days are just not right for getting outside. In those cases, you can reschedule, or switch your session to in person, online, or by phone, or simply skip a session. You can also choose to do
walk and talk sessions during the seasons you prefer, and any of our other options any other time of year. We’re flexible and will work with you to meet your needs.
Dogs and Babies Welcome
We understand that some people need to bring a little one along while they work on their own self-care. All of our walk and talk trail options are dog friendly, and many are stroller friendly as well.
Baby carriers are another great way to enjoy the trails. If the best way for you to take care of you is to bring a little one along, we’ll work with you to figure out how to best make that happen.
Incorporating physical activity into therapy can be a game-changer for many individuals seeking support and guidance. Walk and Talk Therapy provides a unique and effective alternative that not only prioritizes mental health but also recognizes the importance of our physical well-being.
So, if you’re ready to “walk the talk” on your journey to personal growth, this might just be the therapy approach you’ve been searching for. Step outside, take a breath of fresh air, and let the healing begin.
By Joy Pekar
Intern Therapist, Roots in Wellness
MACP (candidate), RP (qualifying)