Walk and Talk therapy is a simple, yet modern approach to therapy that takes therapy off the couch, beyond the four walls of an office and literally on the path to healing. The therapist and client walk together during sessions, while addressing the issues that led to an interest in therapy.
Many clients feel that walking during therapy allows for a more relaxed environment than traditional therapy. Some clients feel more fit and energized during and following sessions. Other clients feel the experience of sharing their struggles while walking to be meditative.
Why it’s helpful:
- Walk & Talk Therapy gets clients moving- literally and figuratively.
- It’s conducted outdoors, which can be very grounding and relaxing.
- Clients are allowed to set their own place, which can be empowering physically and emotionally.
- Research studies show that physical activity can improve the mental and physical health of clients.
- Physical activity can also reduce levels of depression and anxiety.
Walk & Talk FAQ’s
How is Walk and Talk Therapy different from traditional therapy?
The main difference is that sessions occur outdoors as we walk together. Besides the essential, tennis shoes, nothing else changes.
What about bad weather?
Clients make the “weather call.” There is an office location available. Umbrellas and coats will work as well, but it’s up to you.
Is this a cardio workout?
No. There is nothing physically strenuous. It involves slow to moderate walking and clients set the pace. Sessions are focused on allowing you to process your thoughts and feelings.
I’m not in shape, can I do it?
Walk and Talk Therapy clients are of all sizes, shapes and fitness levels. Clients set the pace, and if breaks are necessary that’s fine. Competition and obtaining a physical goal is not the purpose. It is our goal to support you and ensure your comfort level.
What if I don’t like it?
Clients have the choice to switch to traditional office settings. Alternating weeks is also an option.
Is there an additional cost for Walk and Talk Therapy?
There is no additional cost. It is the same fee for a traditional session.
What about confidentiality?
If by chance, we run into someone who you know, the client can take the lead in establishing how to handle it. Clients can steer into another direction or politely wave. In parks, people are accustomed to seeing people walk together. We will maintain your confidentiality. A signed consent form is required to address confidentiality prior to beginning.
What are the typical locations?
Usually parks are typical meeting locations. We can discuss which parks are closest to you during the intake process. We currently service parks in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake and Hampton.
What are the typical times?
It’s up to you. Based on availability. Some choose to start their day with a session, some opt for a lunch break power up, an after work wind down, or a weekend wrap up.
Walk & Talk in the Media/Resources
- WebMd – Walk and Talk Therapy
- American Psychological Association – A Natural Fit
- Awakening to Walk & Talk Therapy
Service Locations throughout Hampton Roads: Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Hampton and Newport News