During a walking therapy session, you lead the pace just like in a traditional counselling session. Yet the dynamic is fairly different. You and your counsellor are on the same footing, literally.
Walking side by side can be much less intimidating and helps release inhibition. It can be taken as an introduction to counselling, followed up by a more formal type of therapy if you’re apprehensive about being alone in a room with a therapist looking directly at you.
For people who sit in an office all day the idea of sitting yet again for a counselling session may prevent them further seeking counselling, Walking Therapy is a great alternative.
Even if you’re confident talking face to face to a counsellor, you might become apprehensive when confronting difficult issues. The combination of walking and fresh air allows for easier engagement and thought process, feeling more grounded as you’re moving forward.
How about the weather?
Usually, the first session takes place outdoors to give you an idea of what Walking Therapy looks and feels like. Contracting, confidentiality and data protection will be discussed with an agreement of what to do in the event of bad weather.
At the end of the initial session a discussion around whether Walking Therapy best suits your needs or if an alternative therapy is preferred. If Walking Therapy is not your preferred choice, we can discuss options around what style of therapy would best support your needs.
The focus of Walking Therapy is not on how fast or far you can walk but on you, your process and what you are comfortable with.
Why not give it a try?
I currently conduct walking therapy at the following times:
Winter - 1st January - 31st st March - 10am - 4pm
Spring - 1st April - 31st June - 10am - 8pm
Summer - 1st July - 31st September - 10am - 7pm
Autumn - 1st October - 31 December - 10am - 4pm
Walking Therapy is conducted in following parks in London:
St James Park
Olympic Park - Stratford
Crystal Palace Park