• Walk and Talk Therapy

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    Sometimes sitting in a temperature-controlled, comfortable room with a couch can feel claustrophobic or stifling. Though I love the therapy room, I also enjoy spending my free time testing my limits in the outdoors and connecting with nature.

    Clients have found the different environment helps them to open up more easily and offers opportunities to speak more freely as they move their body instead of sitting still in a room possibly feeling “on the spot”.

    With all the benefits of walk/talk therapy, there are of course risks. For instance, though we could be walking on a less-travelled trail, there is always the possibility that we could encounter other hikers or even someone that either you or I know personally. In that case, I would take every measure to keep the interaction as brief as possible and would not introduce you as my client, though they could possibly infer the nature of our therapeutic relationship by knowing my profession. There is also a physical risk. I do carry general liability insurance, but you would need your own insurance to cover any injury that could occur. I am not medically-trained and cannot provide care for physical injuries that could occur, though I will take every measure to connect you with a medical professional and/or EMS.


    Whether you see yourself as an “outdoorsy” person or not, it is evident that our origins are deeply connected with nature. Research shows that simply taking a walk in a natural area can decrease negative, ruminating thoughts and  decrease depressive symptoms.


    Distractions in our world are only increasing. Hiking with another person takes you out of the pseudo-connection found through the internet and into the natural world. After a year of isolation, a walk outside is a safe and effective option to address underlying feelings of disconnection.