Due to circumstances associated with Coronavirus and the government’s advice on continued social distancing, I am offering walk & talk therapy too.
We may be feeling anxious about indoor face to face counselling, in light of Covid-19 and with the continued need to respect social distancing, ‘Walk and Talk’ therapy offers us an alternative option: Namely, counselling in the fresh air combined with a walk, connecting nature.
Being out in nature helps relaxation, promotes a sense of calm and reduces our stress. Walking generates momentum, which can help us if we feel stuck or trapped and help with the flow of our thoughts & emotions. Exercise too, releases endorphins to improve our mood and boost our energy levels. Movement is known to be helpful for processing our emotions and encourages creative, deeper ways of thinking. Clients often report that they have experienced an emotional breakthrough at the end of a ‘walk and talk’ session.
There is a sense of freedom being out in the great outdoors to release built up emotions through regulated breathing. Time to pause, reflect, process and engage in the here and now, which is very soothing and gently enhances your physiological and mental wellbeing. Enabling you to give yourself the space to notice, observe and explore your choices from the different parts of yourself.
Being connected to the outside world can be beneficial. Walking and talking can help with depression and anxiety, loss and grief or any kind of difficult life transitions you may be facing – personal, relationship-based, family or work related. Walking can help to ground you.
You can set the pace, and if you want to stop and look at something, or sit on a bench to reflect, that’s all part of the therapeutic experience. ‘Walk & Talk’ therapy is a wonderful alternative to sitting indoors.
Our first session will be online (via ZOOM) for introductions, to get to know each other and assess how I can support you and for you to feel comfortable with ‘walk & talk’ therapy. During your first session we will also discuss issues of confidentiality and how you will negotiate encountering other people when out walking. Whatever the location or environment, seeing people walking and talking side by side is a very common sight. A client and therapist walking side by side don’t look any different.
If bad weather prevents the ‘walking & talking’ session from happening, the counselling session will take place over Zoom. All ‘walking & talking’ sessions will take place during daylight hours only.
I am not available to take on new clients until later in the year. Please refer to BACP register for a qualified counsellor.
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All information that you choose to disclose will be treated in confidence, If it’s necessary for me to pass on any confidential information, I will, wherever possible, only to do so with your consent. Everything is confidential apart from harm to self and others which follows the BACP ethical framework.