Walk and talk therapy is an alternative to working in the traditional therapy room setting. Rather than sitting inside four walls, we literally go outdoors to walk and talk, exploring issues and concerns in the natural environment. You set the pace – whether it be a brisk stroll, or meandering with a bench stop – you decide what works for you. Walking alongside each other, literally and metaphorically, can feel like being on more of an equal footing. This can encourage you to open up and engage with difficult feelings, which in turn enables a deeper exploration of issues.
Rhythmic exercise, such as walking, can in itself be soothing, helping you to relax, making sessions more productive. Being in a natural environment seems to enable new, creative ways of thinking to come to light; it’s as though the exercise and the freedom can enable you to see things from a different perspective, opening up new possibilities, finding solutions where perhaps you were unable to before.
We are increasingly cut-off from our connection to the natural environment and nature, and yet walking grounds us, enabling us to re-connect to the world around us, to tap into a sense of well-being and calmness, whilst at the same time giving us some feel-good endorphins. Walking and talking can help with many issues, such as depression and anxiety, low self esteem, relationship difficulties, life transitions, grief and loss.
How does it work?
Initially, we would meet in my therapy room, to discuss your requirements and issues like confidentiality (see below). On the day of the walk, we would meet at an agreed place for a 1-hour session, following a circular route. The pace on the day would be set by you.
What about the weather?
Many people are happy to walk in all weather, but it will be your decision whether to have the session outdoors, or to hold it in the therapy room. Again, this is something we would discuss during the first session.
The Wirral is full of lovely walks – beaches, heaths and woodland. We would discuss what types of walks you’d like during the first session.
How much does it cost?
Sessions are £45 per 1-hour session. I offer a block booking for 6 sessions at the reduced price of £243 (10% discount). Low-cost sessions are available for those on low income and are subject to availability.
The initial appointment takes place in my therapy room and gives you a chance to share what you’re looking for. It’s also an opportunity for us both to see whether we think we would work well together. If you don’t feel you want to continue after the initial session, I will happily suggest other therapists whom you might like to work with. Similarly, if I feel I don’t have the skills or experience to work with you, I may be able to suggest other therapists who would be more suitable.
How frequent are the sessions?
Client and therapist meet once a week, for a session which lasts one hour. Regular weekly meetings give the client time to reflect on and process the work discussed during each session.
What about confidentiality?
Obviously confidentiality is important and we would discuss what you would like to do if we meet someone you know when we are walking. Seeing people walking and talking side-by-side is very common, and we may just pass by, engrossed in our conversation, or pause until you felt happy to continue talking.
Do you do longer walks?
Yes, longer sessions can be organised by arrangement, and in different locations – please ask.
If you think walk & talk therapy might be for you, get in touch.