Fresh air, light exercise and the opportunity to tackle difficult issues – such as grief or loss, anxiety, depression, confidence issues or a life transition – without the formal setting.
Walk and Talk Counselling provides a sense of freedom, allows deeper thinking, and is much less intimidating than traditional counselling – and as a result, changes often happen much faster.
Walk and Talk Counselling is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. You set the walking pace and you can stop or sit down whenever you need to.
Why Walk And Talk Counselling?
Walking naturally lifts your mood – it releases feel-good endorphins and reduces the stress hormone, cortisol, which can lower anxiety and make it easier to see a positive future.
Walking side by side outdoors feels a more relaxed and natural way to talk for many, so is far less intimidating than a traditional face-to-face counselling setting.
Studies have shown that walking improves creativity, which makes it easier to look past current situations and work out ways of moving forward.
Life can be busy and finding time for exercise and relaxation can be hard. Walking and talking is a convenient way to make changes in more than one area of your life.
With a relaxed environment, feel good endorphins and heightened creativity, change often happens quicker than in a traditional setting.
Exercise boosts the effect of natural sleep hormones such as melatonin and with the additional benefit of exercising the brain, the quality of sleep and time taken to fall asleep can be improved.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where does it take place?
It also allows us to agree logistics, such as what we will do if the weather is bad, where we will walk, and what we will do if we see someone either of us knows.
After the initial session, our walk and talk sessions can either be from Jeskyns Park and we will met at the cafe or from Morrisons in Northfleet and we will walk along the cycle path. We will meet at our agreed time and we will walk for 45-50 minutes. If at any time you’d prefer to work together indoors, we can revert back to my counselling room in Northfleet. Most walk and talk sessions are held weekly.
Why not just go for a walk?
Although there are benefits to walking, these are secondary to the counselling process.
It may look like we are simply having a chat to any passers-by, but there is a purpose to our discussion; I will be helping you meet your goals and move forward in life.
What about the weather?
If the weather looks bad, we can simply move back indoors for that session.
I’m not very fit, will it be suitable?
The focus of walk and talk counselling is on you, not on how fast or far you can walk so it is suitable for people of all fitness levels. You set the pace and at anytime we can stop or find a bench to take a rest.
How do I get started?
To find out more or to book your first walk and talk counselling session, give me a call.