Walk and Talk Therapy
Walk and Talk therapy is a nature based therapy and one of the approaches to counselling service delivery. Nature based therapy refers to the use of the outdoor setting for therapeutic work. Other terms have been used such as 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 or actively incorporated into the therapy through the use of metaphor, relationship building, role play, modelling and stabilisation.
You may be interested in taking your appointments into nature and having walk and talk therapy. The benefits of walk and talk may 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 than in the confines of an indoor setting. The first session is held online to have a greater understanding of your goals and needs and discover whether this option is suitable for you.
Walk and talk therapy durations can be between 1-2 hours in length and are taken at a 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.