Licensed Clinical Psychologist
What is it?
It is simply psychotherapy that takes place outdoors while walking. You get the combined benefit of nature, therapy, and movement. We are fortunate to have easy access to the beautiful American River Parkway next to my office where there are quiet paved and unpaved paths.
Walk and Talk Therapy allows for a novel therapeutic experience. It combines the benefits of bilateral movement while talking through issues and “moving towards” your valued goals. It also affords opportunity for mindful action. Some people prefer talking while walking over sitting in an office, or they just might like to do it some of the time.
How Does it Work?
First, we discuss pragmatic issues and discuss informed consent for risks and unexpected issues that could come up while outside. I have a special consent form/waiver specific to Walk and Talk Therapy. You can decide to try it just once or decide to do it on a periodic or regular basis. It’s up to you!
Is This an Exercise Session?
Our primary purpose is your psychotherapy, and I will still be your psychologist, not a trainer. Even though walking is exercise, this is not meant to be a strenuous workout. We will walk at a pace that is comfortable and allows for us to talk easily. It is not about the destination but the journey…
What about the weather?
We can decide to change our plans if too hot or cold or wet. We can be flexible! You always have the opportunity to come in for an office, phone or video session instead!
Walk and Talk Therapy
Contact me to discuss the possibility of walk and talk therapy !
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