walk and talk counselling...
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks
Walk-and-talk can provide a natural, relaxed way to work through the same kinds of issues you would bring to counselling online or in a room. We walk or travel together (for those with wheels) side by side exploring issues just as we would in a conventional counselling session online, or face-to-face, but we arrange to meet up locally somewhere out in nature where you can feel more able to shake off the confines of the indoors, and perhaps also avoid the potentially uncomfortable feeling of sitting opposite me in a room. It can be a way of helping you physically and emotionally get yourself outside and 'outside' yourself.
Walk-and-talk (also known as ecotherapy, or nature-assisted therapy) may seem like an unconventional way of receiving counselling, however research has shown there can be benefits on many levels:
Walks are low level, gently paced and suitable for most walking abilities - there are also lots of local paved-path options for those who need accessibility for wheels.
Your initial session will be face-to-face or online so we can discuss your needs and expectations, talk through any concerns and questions, and agree what kind of environment you would prefer to walk in.
Walking as a physical act of movement can help in a metaphorical sense of your body sharing the 'moving' also taking place in yourself, your thinking, beliefs and behaviours.
Nature itself presents us with possibilities, opportunities and a variety of perspectives which can be a source of inspiration as you begin to look at different options and choices for yourself.
Several studies have shown that being in nature boosts positive emotions and the ability to reflect on life problems
Breathing in fresh air and stimulating gentle exercise can help those who may feel depressed and demotivated
Being physically grounded in nature can help those who feel anxious and who need to feel more connected and grounded in themselves and the world around them
Difficult emotions like loneliness, isolation, and anxiety can feel less overwhelming in a natural environment.