Walking and Talking?
Walking and talking therapy is what it says on the tin. Instead of sitting in front of your coach in a traditional therapy room, the coaching session takes place outdoors walking side by side.
It is coaching in motion, and although it is not a fitness session, it is often more dynamic than a traditional indoor session. If you have felt stuck in therapy in the past, being physically active helps release some tensions and stimulates new thoughts and ideas. It is a metaphor for moving forward.
During a walking and talking therapy session, you lead the pace just like in a traditional coachling session. Yet the dynamic is fairly different. You and your coach are on the same footing, literally.
Walking side by side can be much less intimidating and helps release inhibition...
It can be taken as an introduction to coaching, followed up by a more formal type of therapy if you’re apprehensive about being alone in a room with a therapist looking directly at you.
Also, people sitting in an office all day and for whom the idea of sitting yet again for a coaching session can be prevented from seeking coaching, walk and talk therapy might be an option they would like to consider.
Even if you’re confident talking face to face to a coach, you might become apprehensive when confronting particularly tricky issues for you. The combination of walking and fresh air allows for easier engagement and processing, and you can feel more grounded as you’re moving forward while walking.
What to expect
in the first session?
Usually, the first session takes place at your coach’s practice or by phone, however we can take it outside if you feel like it.
During your first session you also discuss issues of confidentiality and how you 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.
For some people, walking outside might itself confront issues they would like to address such as a fear of open spaces or a fear of feeling judged for their appearance. Having a therapist on your side might ease a return to engaging in social situations. The focus of walk and talk therapy is not on how fast or far you can walk but on you, your process and what you are comfortable with.
Walking and talking therapy is also particularly helpful for people feeling they are trapped in a life or roles that don’t fit them anymore.
Being outdoors and talking about their issues enhances the renewal of a sense of freedom...
What if I am
unfit to walk?
If you are unable to manage walking, I can offer office based sessions, or in the garden of your home. Feel free to contact me for personalised sessions.
For those clients unable to manage walking, for whatever reason, I do of course offer office based sessions. However, I always try to personalise sessions to the client, and will often conduct sessions in the seclusion of my garden, or in the client’s home.
Most therapists practicing walk and talk therapy are not deterred by a few drops of rain, but it is the client’s call, and many therapists offer the possibility of either calling off a session due to bad weather or conducting the session indoors.
I’ve seen this process lead to amazing results with my clients. Yes, it is unique. As are the amazing clients with whom I have had the privilege to work. My clients are the heroes of their own lives, and we can help getting balance back in your life, and escape from depression, anxiety, the stress of modern living, confusion, lack of self esteem, and of course family and relationship issues.
I am very proud of the work we do together, and supporting them on their journeys of change.