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Walking to Clarity...

Walking Therapy is an innovative approach to counselling that takes place in the intrinsically therapeutic setting of nature, rather than in the traditional therapy room environment or currently prevalent online video context. It is counselling in motion. This approach is the embodiment of the metaphor of moving forward. It is well understood that being physically active helps release some tensions and stimulates new thoughts and ideas. Combining physical exercise with counselling and mindfulness practice, working with the mind, the body, the breath and the emotion at the same time has immediate physiological benefits, like lowering blood pressure and increased metabolism as well as reduce anxiety, enhance creativity and improve the capacity for problem solving.

 

Who is it for…

 

This approach is particularly beneficial to those who feel stuck. That can be in any aspect of your life. Work, relationship, unhealthy routines. It is important to state that this method is not for everyone. Certain issues are still better dealt within the containing and holding environment of the therapy room. For that reason, my initial consultation is always on zoom, to ensure that this way of working is what would benefit you the most.

 

How does it work ?

 

We agree to meet once a week for the usual 50 minute therapy hour to walk in an open space or parkland. Yes, you can bring your dog… During your first session we will discuss issues of confidentiality and how we will negotiate encountering other people when out walking. Whether it’s in a park, by a beach or in town, 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. During a walk therapy session, you lead the pace just like in a traditional counselling session. Yet the dynamic is different. You and your counsellor are on the same footing, literally. Walking side by side can be much less intimidating and helps release inhibition.

 

I get asked what happens with appointments in bad weather. During our first walk we can agree together what we deem to be a reason to rescheduleing. Some like walking in the rain…  This way of working together is perhaps a bit more flexible, like the weather, and life…

What happens if we bump into someone you or I know? I would ask you to keep the engagement brief, greet and pass if possible.

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