Walk and Talk Therapy
What is walk-and-talk therapy?
I provide walk-and-talk therapy in the northern and eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Walk and Talk therapy is a nature-based therapy approach to counselling service delivery. Nature-based therapy, eco-psychotherapy, bush adventure therapy, and green therapy are all used in an outdoor setting for therapeutic work.
The outdoor setting incorporates sitting or walking in urban parks, rivers, woodland, and wilderness settings. The nature experience can be a passive backdrop to therapy and incorporated into the treatment through metaphor, relationship building, role play, modelling and stabilisation.
During the Covid pandemic, taking therapy 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 mood. For some people, the natural environment offers an easier way to express their thoughts and feelings than indoors.
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 online to understand your goals and needs and discover whether this option suits you. Appointments are between 1-2 hours long, walking at a comfortable talking pace. Walks are in several locations in the northeast 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, nature-based, and bush adventure therapy.
“If you are in a bad mood, go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood, go for another walk.”
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