Walk and Talk Sessions
Walk and Talk sessions are just as they sound. They are counselling sessions held outside the psychologist’s office. Sometimes sitting down face-to-face with a psychologist can be confronting. Walk and Talk Therapy allows you to experience the benefits of traditional counselling, except you are walking while you are talking.
We will arrange to meet at a mutually agreed location. You might choose to go for a walk through your favourite park, or you might opt to sit in your favourite spot outdoors. Currently these sessions are offered in locations around the inner northern suburbs of Brisbane. Unfortunately, the weather can be unpredictable. If it rains, we can opt to have your session indoors, over the phone, on Zoom or find an alternative sheltered location.
Clients have advised that they often feel more relaxed in an informal outdoor settinng. This enables them to open up more freely and to feel a greater connection to the therapy session. Benefits of walk and talk therapy include:-
Physical activity releases endorphins which can help with symptoms of anxiety and depression;
Moving your body can help you process your emotions, both from a psychological and physiological perspective;
Being out in nature can help you ground and be more mindful;
Walking can boost your mood and reduce stress hormones; and
Gentle walking promotes better sleep cycles and improves circulation.
Each session is tailored to the needs of the clients including the distance travelled and the pace of the walk. Like regular therapeutic sessions with a psychologist, the sessions are 50 minutes in duration. We ask clients to set the pace of the walk which enables clients to feel more in control of their sessions.
Even though we’ll be talking out in public, I will keep discretion at the forefront of my mind. I'll be mindful of not talking loudly so others could hear. If an area is populated with people we can go to a quieter space. If approached, I'll take your lead so no-one needs to know who I am or that we are in a counseling session. I will carry tissues with me, and if you do get upset, we can stop, find a place to sit and rest for a bit until you are ready to continue.