Therapy in Natural Spaces
Walk, Talk & Sort
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world”
– John Muir
I have always felt the restorative and healing benefits of being in nature and offering walking/talking therapy to my clients feels completely natural.
There has been extensive research over the past few years, including research by the mental health charity Mind, that show how beneficial a “green” walk can be, reducing anxiety and depression and increasing self-esteem. In their survey, 71% of respondents felt decreased depression and anxiety while 90% felt an increase in their self-esteem after a “green” walk.
It does not suit everyone, some clients prefer the environment of my counselling room. For many clients, receiving counselling whilst out in nature can feel very freeing and spur creative deeper ways of thinking, be it walking or simply sat outside. The combination of fresh air and walking can allow for easier engagement and exploration, and there is something very grounding about the process.
I believe nature is food for our soul at all times, but especially so when we are struggling with problems. Walking side by side rather than sitting face to face enables some clients to feel more comfortable and to share their thoughts more easily.
Receiving counselling whilst walking is a form of mindfulness-based body orientated therapy. My clients have found that it helps them to relax, releasing physical tension and regulate their mood.
Our first session will always take place in my counselling room, or online. This will help us to establish what kind of therapy will best suit you, and if we walk & talk you set the pace.
I am fortunate to be able to offer clients walks immediately from my counselling room (handy if the weather turns dire!) or we can meet at other pre-arranged destinations.