Our individual counseling services are designed to help you overcome personal challenges and achieve your goals. What better way to add to your mental health than getting out in nature and walking!
For years now, I have always been encouraging my clients to get out and take a walk on a daily basis - even if its just for 30 seconds (really! I'm not kidding!). Not only do our bodies need movement but our brains do too. Walking can help balance our ANS (automatic nervous system) which when out of balance can cause our sympathetic nervous system to be activated, causing stress reactions (racing heart, anxiety attacks). Stress will never go away (yes, you read that right) but we can learn to move stress through our bodies and physical movement can help this. Better yet - walking therapy sessions also provide positive social interaction, breath work, and releasing of emotions which, all together, increases serotonin and closes the stress cycle!
Movement therapy, which Walk and Talk is, has been shown to treat many forms of mental health concerns, including depression, ADHD, anxiety, bereavement, PTSD, and other stressors in our lives. Movement helps to create a growth mindset. There is a rhythm to walking and we are working both sides of the brain and we are then opened up to our thought patterns and new approaches.
Walk and Talk therapy encourage a mind-body connection which so many of us lack, especially if we come from a trauma past. Movement helps facilitate releasing emotions and decreases mental stress and physical stress - this is why I'm always encouraging my clients to get some sort of movement every day. When we are actively moving and talking about feelings, we can work on recognizing and then unpacking the repressed emotions our body has stored.
Living in the desert can prove challenging in some months but we will find what will work for you. I look for green parks and quiet areas so that we are as private as possible. Being outdoors and walking in public spaces won't always allow for complete privacy, however, confidentiality is always discussed up front and we talk about what to do if 'being seen' happens.
Breaking down the walls and getting outside can benefit your therapy in many ways. It can provide a more comfortable atmosphere for you if you don't always like to make eye contact (or feel you should). Or maybe you find yourself constantly inside and want to get out for a little bit. Walk and Talk therapy has also been shown to be very beneficial to those who are neurodivergent.
If this sounds like the right fit - contact me today and step outside!
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