Walk and Talk Therapy
Insight and Connection Walk and Talk Sessions
Are you interested in taking your counselling sessions outside with Walk and Talk Therapy?
From my office in Hove we can go for a walk which includes in total about twenty minutes spent walking along a tree-lined suburban street, and half an hour walking around Hove Park.
If you don’t know Hove Park, it is a large 110-year-old park in the centre of Hove, with lots of beautiful old trees.
So why choose Walk and Talk?
Getting some gentle exercise and doing so out in nature can help you to get even more from the experience of exploring your current difficulties with a professional counsellor.
Walk and Talk Physical Benefits
Most of us these days lead very sedentary lifestyles. Getting your 10,000 steps in isn’t easy! So if you sit down all day, you might not like the idea of sitting for another hour in therapy.
There are so many physical benefits to regular walking. It can halve your risk of heart attack and stroke, improve your blood pressure, and lower your cholesterol. It can help you to maintain a healthy weight. And it can reduce your risk of developing cancer, diabetes and dementia.
Walk and Talk Psychological Benefits
Walking has been found, among other things, to improve confidence, lower stress, and improve cognitive function.
Walk and Talk Therapy could be particularly beneficial if you have been feeling stuck. Have you been feeling trapped in a life or role that isn’t working for you any more? Walking sessions can be really dynamic, with thoughts, feelings and new ideas flowing more freely.
Lots of people feel a bit apprehensive about the idea of sitting with a therapist looking directly at them. By walking side by side rather than sitting face to face, you might feel more comfortable. You might feel less inhibited, freer to open up more, or able to go deeper into yourself.
Even those of us who have settled into counselling have areas which we find it particularly difficult to face and talk about. Looking ahead, moving, and breathing in fresh air can help you feel grounded. This can free you up to tackle those issues in new ways.
With Walk and Talk, you set the pace, of both the walk and the conversation. It can really help you to get in touch with your sense of personal freedom, and your capacity for autonomous choice. All of this can help you to find new ways to move forwards with your life.
Walk and Talk Practicalities
Hove Park is popular with runners and dog walkers and has various recreational facilities such as the tennis courts, children’s playground, and climbing wall. This sense of community can be comforting. But it also means that we will need to consider carefully how we can maintain confidentiality with people around. We can talk about this in the office before we start walking.
As for the weather, we can consider before we start what you would like to do in case of rain or snow. We’ll always have the option to do the session indoors instead. Walk and Talk will be led by you and we can stop at any time.
If childcare is an issue for you, give me a call to discuss how we could do Walk and Talk sessions with your baby or toddler in a sling or buggy.
We will usually need to have our first two or three sessions indoors before starting Walk and Talk. I might also occasionally suggest doing a session in the office for other reasons we can discuss when we meet.
Although the benefits of walking are many, I am not a fitness instructor and Walk and Talk therapy is not an exercise class! The focus of Walk and Talk sessions will not be on how far or how fast you can walk. It will be on you, your relationships, your struggles, and how you can feel better.
What to do Next
Walk and Talk Therapy is an option whether you are new to Insight & Connection or whether we are already working together.
So many things were helpful
So many things were helpful that it is hard to choose just one. Most helpful was probably how compassionate you were towards me. This slowly helped me shift the way that I relate to myself. Counselling felt like a very safe and warm space, in which I could look at myself with more kindness and allow myself to express feelings and needs. This has helped me personally as well as making me more open in my relationships with other people, privately and at work. Thank you Catherine. The two years with you have meant a lot to me and have changed me in many ways.
I could not have asked for a better independent witness to my story
I could not have asked for a better independent witness to my story than Catherine. As she joined me on my journey she was kind and supportive. Encouraging me to see things in a different light. I will probably return at some stage; Catherine's instinctive approach and skill of picking out key elements in my narrative helped me make sense of things at this difficult time for me. Thank you. Everything was clear & straight forward. Which is no mean feat when you are operating in a global pandemic!!
Catherine always remained calm and collected
Catherine always remained calm and collected even during times filled with conflict in couples therapy. She managed to bring back my then boyfriend to a calmer state and I felt like she was standing up for me when I couldn't. I felt like I had a good bond with her and trusted her so that I could open up in front of her.
I feel I am in a very different place
One of the most useful things about going to counselling was learning so much about myself. I feel I am in a very different place from when I first started and I owe it to the support and help which Catherine offered. I will not rule out returning if I feel I need to, but for now I feel happy with the place I am in.
I really found the whole experience really helpful
[What was most helpful about your counselling?] “Having a different perspective on my situation and what I was going through. Talking through how I was feeling and then being directed by Catherine to look at things in a different way and make connections to other parts of my life and relationships helped to make sense of things. I really found the whole experience really helpful and exactly what I needed at the point I was at. Thank you for your help.
She helped me through the fog of self doubt
Catherine describes herself as a demystifier – and she is. But not just of psychobabble. She helped me through the fog of self doubt, delusion, depression that clouded me in a difficult period of my life. And in place of fog she helped install the ropes and tackle I needed to climb onto dry land, out from the cold, and find a seat back by the fire. But equally, she possesses a superpower (and a useful one for a therapist): she has an off-the-chart ability to listen. To make you hear her listening, to adjust the quality of silence you sometimes need to say what you didn’t know you were going to say, to make you feel heard. Her empathy is palpable; yet I’ve never once felt patronised. Most extraordinary is that she does all this without judgement or prejudice, but with sincerity and good humour. It’s pretty much the perfect combination and I can’t think of anybody who wouldn’t benefit from talking to Catherine. And I can’t thank her enough.
You were excellent
Thanks for all your help. I will be in touch if I need to in the future. You were excellent.
Catherine was wise and supportive
Catherine was wise and supportive, picking out elements of my story and helping me see things in a different way. I will probably return at some stage; Catherine has been very kind and helpful at a difficult time in my life.
The help you’ve given me has been invaluable
I just want to say a huge thank you for the past year. The help you’ve given me has been invaluable and I’ve learnt so much about myself, my past, and my relationship to the wider world. Your guidance and help will stand to me for the rest of my life and I’ve made so many positive changes in the past year, a lot of which I feel I owe to you. Thank you so much for everything.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your help and understanding.