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Walk & Talk Therapy is counselling in motion. Some people find traditional face to face counselling a bit overwhelming, and Walk & Talk therapy can be a good alternative as walking side by side can be less intimidating, and it can help release inhibition.
Walk & Talk is not a fitness session but it is often more dynamic than a traditional indoor session. You lead the pace, and walking side by side you’re looking ahead. If you have felt stuck in therapy in the past, being physically active releases some tension and stimulates new thought and ideas. It is a metaphor for moving forward.
Our first session will take place at my practice. It will allow us to decide where we’ll meet for our outdoor sessions. Some people like walking by the waterfront, others prefer strolling in one of the many parks and gardens Brighton offers. I could meet you by the Brighton i360, at St Ann’s Well Garden or Preston Park. We will also discuss issues of confidentiality and how we will negotiate encountering other people when out walking, and we will agree on what we will do if the weather is bad. I personally don’t mind a little bit of rain or snow but you might not.
Thereafter, our counselling sessions will take place where we’ll have agreed upon and we will walk and talk for 50 minutes. If at any time you feel the need to sit down, we will.
I particularly enjoy a walk at the crack of dawn. So, if you would like to Walk & Talk before work, I’ll be happy to organise that with you. You can bring your dog along too.