Walk + Talk Therapy is just as it sounds— the client and the therapist are outside walking during therapy (or on a treadmill with inclement weather) instead of sitting inside an office. Research has consistently shown that exercise can significantly decrease anxiety and depression while improving overall mood. Walk + Talk Therapy encourages clients to be more physically active in order to promote both mental and physical health. It spurs creative, deeper ways of thinking and helps clients to get “unstuck” while confronting difficult issues. Walk + Talk Therapy also allows clients to feel like they are moving forward and ahead of their issues and encourages them to tackle their challenges with more power and efficiency. At True Mind + Body, we have found that incorporating walking into psychotherapy sessions enriches the counseling experience. Our clients have told us that looking forward rather than directly at a therapist can help them engage more openly and feel less inhibited.
Who could benefit from Walk + Talk Therapy?
- Would like to create a significant change in their lifestyle by incorporating physical movement, talk therapy, healthy habits, and positivity
- Are looking for an alternative to the in-office, face-to-face, therapeutic approach
- Would like to break through unhealthy habits and incorporate more activity into their lifestyles through a safe and supported approach
- Would benefit from the meditative and energizing effects of walking in nature and fresh air
Benefits of Walk + Talk Therapy:
- Increases energy and allows clients to feel less inhibited and more in touch with their feelings
- Promotes clearer thought processes and open-minded brainstorming abilities
- Increases confidence and feelings of empowerment and mastery
- Increases physical and cardiovascular health
- Decreases depression and anxiety symptoms
- Reinforces the use of walking as a healthy coping mechanism
- Jump-starts walking as fitness routine and as a way to maintain an active lifestyle
Walk and Talk Therapy With Lazzaro
Exercise is good for the body and the mind. It may improve psychotherapy sessions, too.
Instead of seeing patients in a traditional office setting, Lazzaro practices sessions that combines exercise with psychotherapy — mostly around Vancouver BC, Stanley Park, Kitsilano Beach, Granville Island, Queen Elizabeth Park and others relaxing locations for a good Walk and Talk Therapy sessions, around Vancouver.
Walk and Talk Therapy sessions it’s very similar to traditional psychotherapy, except you are walking while you are talking about issues. I have found that bringing a little bit of movement enriches the session. My clients are intrigued by the idea and are naturally drawn to being outside.
It encourages a patient to be more physically active for mental and physical reasons. It helps a patient get unstuck” when confronting difficult issues. It spurs creative, deeper ways of thinking often released by mood-improving physical activity.
Walk and Talk Therapy sessions. It's very similar to traditional psychotherapy, "except you are walking while you are talking about issues. I have found that bringing a little bit of movement enriches the session. My clients are intrigued by the idea and are naturally drawn to being outside." It encourages a patient to be more physically active for mental and physical reasons. It helps a patient get "unstuck" when confronting difficult issues. It spurs creative, deeper ways of thinking often released by mood-improving physical activity. "Some patients may become anxious when confronting something difficult in a traditional seated, face-to-face interaction" . "Walking in parallel with visual distractions may allow for easier engagement."
Walk and Talk Therapy: Is It Right for You?
Numerous scientific studies have shown
the positive effects of exercise on the brain,
especially for people with depression,
anxiety, self-confidence and more.
Walk and Talk Therapy: Tapping Into Nature’s Healing Power,
I observed that patients at all levels of fitness can benefit from fresh air and exercise when it comes to processing their feelings.
Many patients consider the association of being outdoors with recreation and vacation, two very positive things that most people want to experience more and more.
Clients who try walk-and-talk often have very dramatic shifts in their thinking about relationships in their lives.”
Walk and Talk Breakthroughs
Movement propels people forward — literally and figuratively.
Something changes when people warm to this [sessions]. “They come in their body armor — their suits — and when they change their clothing and when they see me in my sweats and sneakers, they loosen up. The literal and metaphorical ability for them to move, to experience freedom and a lessened sense of confrontation, of ‘being under the microscope,’ that they may predictably feel in my office setting.