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Walk and Talk Therapy

Posted on September 22, 2020 at 5:05 AM

Nature is a wonderful healer, and walking in the great outdoors is definitely one of my ‘therapies’. Being out among the elements somehow seems to contain me and take me out of myself at the same time. I feel comforted, and de-stressed, particularly when I walk by the sea. My thinking becomes clearer, and if I have been emotionally overwhelmed or burned out, the landscape calms and soothes my frazzled nerves.


Walk and talk therapy takes us beyond the four walls of the therapy room, allowing the natural world to become the therapeutic space. Walking side by side with a therapist can feel less static and intense than sitting face to face, and can allow difficult issues to be addressed with greater ease. Walking increases blood flow, which can help make thinking more fluid and increase creativity and insight. Research also shows that walking in nature can reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress, as well as decreasing negative emotions and increasing positive ones.


In these days of eco crisis and uncertainty about our future, walking and talking therapy can also reconnect us to the natural world in meaningful, personal ways, increasing our appreciation for nature and its capacity to support and sustain us.


I offer walk and talk therapy along Felixstowe seafront, and if you are interested, or would like to find out more, please email [email protected], or get in touch via the Contact page.


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