WALKING AND TALKING THERAPY
Walking and talking therapy takes place outdoors. You set the pace so if you want to meander along and have a relaxing walk that is fine, but equally a quicker pace can be set if this is what you feel comfortable with. You do not have to be fit to do walking and talking therapy and we do not have to walk for the full 50 minutes.
I have found walking and talking therapy effective with people of all ages. Some clients are more comfortable walking and talking and find it easier to start discussing their problems when strolling along a country path. Older clients who follow a gentle pace find being surrounded by nature very reassuring. While some of my young teenage clients have found it a good alternative to being in my counselling room, as they have a sense of freedom and feel more able to unburden themselves.
I believe nature is intrinsically good for the soul, whether we are troubled or not, but especially so when we are struggling with problems. Just being connected to nature can be beneficial. I find that whatever people’s problems are – depression, anxiety, loss and grief, or any kind of difficult life transition, whether they are personal, relationship-based, family or work-related – they can be comfortably talked through while walking. And in these times of anxiety brought about by COVID-19, being outside in the open air is even more important. Walking can help to ground you and that in itself is good.
Mental health charity Mind carried out extensive research, which showed that walking in the countryside could help reduce depression and anxiety. In their survey, they reported that 71% of respondents felt decreased depression and less tense after a “green” walk, while 90% felt their self-esteem increase after a country walk.
If you would like to find out more about walking and talking therapy, please do not hesitate to get in touch.