What is walk and talk therapy?
Studies have shown that spending time in natural environments on a regular basis has a direct positive impact on our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.
Humans are naturally ecological beings, intrinsically connected to the rhythms of the earth. Our human identity; our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, and our sense of fulfillment all depend on the quality of the relationship we have with nature. Our society often leaves us disconnected from the natural world and this in part contributes to us experiencing the emotional issues that bring people to therapy.
Psychotherapy aims to help us work through emotional challenges by increasing our awareness of how we relate to others in our world. This in turn allows us to make more conscious choices in our lives.
Walk and talk therapy takes traditional psychotherapy ideas and practices and combines them with a purposeful use of nature as a major part of the therapeutic process.
Walk and talk therapy goes beyond exploring our relationships with self and others (including the therapist) and includes the natural world as an active living presence in the therapeutic relationship. Doing therapy in a natural environment facilitates a deeper connection to nature and allows nature to become almost like a co-therapist in the process.