Walk and Talk Therapy
What is walk and talk therapy?
Walk and Talk therapy is a nature based therapy. It is one of the approaches to counselling service delivery. Nature based therapy refers to the use of the outdoor setting for therapeutic work. Other terms include eco-psychotherapy, wilderness adventure therapy, bush adventure therapy, green therapy, and equine therapy.
The outdoor setting could involve sitting or walking, in urban parks, rivers, woodland, and wilderness settings. The nature experience can be a passive backdrop to therapy. Nature can be actively incorporated into the therapy through the use of metaphor, relationship building, role play, modelling and stabilisation.
During the Covid pandemic, taking therapy to the outdoors has become more popular.
Is it right for me?
You may be interested in taking your appointments into nature and having walk and talk therapy. The benefits include improved awareness, connection, grounding, emotional release, problem solving and improved mood. For some people, the natural environment offers an easier way to express their thoughts and feelings compared with an indoor setting. Dress for the weather, bringing a warm jacket, rain jacket, hat and sunscreen. We tend to go out in all weather except for storms and hot weather (thunder, lightning, heavy rainfall, high winds, total fire bans, and significant heat).
How does it work?
The first session is held online to have a greater understanding of your goals and needs and to discover whether this option is suitable for you. Appointment durations can be between 1-2 hours in length and are taken at a comfortable talking pace. Walks are conducted at several locations in the north east suburbs of Melbourne. There may be times during inclement weather (heat, storms or windy conditions) when it is appropriate to change the appointments to Telehealth appointments.
I have trained in walk and talk therapy, nature-based therapy, and bush adventure therapy.
Training and Qualifications
Getting Started as a Walking Therapist – A Step-by-Step Guide: PESI Professional Development
Advanced Accreditation in Nature Based Therapy: Nature Based Therapy
Master of Education (Experiential Learning & Development) Wilderness Adventure Therapy Stream: Victoria University