Walk and Talk Therapy
Walk and talk therapy combines therapy and exercise with the benefit of being in nature. The NHS recommends walking for your physical health. In addition, scientific research has shown that walking is beneficial for your mental health. Nature does not judge and helps you to connect to your emotions and experiences. Having therapy in a green space and walking can:
- improve your self-esteem and confidence
- reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, improving your mood
- reduce stress, help you to relax and feel good about yourself
- support you in feeling connected and reduce loneliness
- improve your physical health
Walk and Talk Therapy is supporting you in finding your sense of control and purpose. Instead of sitting in a room, we will be walking alongside. You will determine the pace, decide if you would like to sit down for a while or engage with your surroundings. Being outdoors can therefore feel liberating as you might experience it as less restraining than counseling indoors. Getting outside is good for us human beings.
This is my favourite tree in Lammas Park. It was hurt but healed. It carries a scar but has new life. This tree gives me hope and joy. It is a metaphor for survival, change and moving forward.
I offer Walk and Talk therapy in Elthorne Park, Lammas Park and Walpole Park in Ealing, as well as Kew Gardens. These are only some of London’s 3000 parks that can support you to boost your mental health.
In an initial free telephone conversation we will discuss confidentiality, what happens if we see people we know, dogs and any health considerations. You need to prepare for the weather, wearing suitable clothing and shoes, maybe bring a hat and an umbrella.
I am available to be outdoors in any weather. If you prefer to have a session indoors, we can move to telephone or online if you give me 6 hours’ notice.