It’s exactly as it sounds: instead of meeting me within the bounds of the office, the session is held outside while walking. Several studies have shown that being in nature boosts positive emotions and the ability to reflect on life problems. It is a multi-sensory experience, linked to higher levels of oxytocin (the ‘feel-good’ hormone) that reduces blood pressure and encourages clients to spend more time outdoors. This form of therapy works brilliantly for anxiety, depression, grief, work related stress and anger issues. Also great for self-development sessions and individual business coaching for active clients that enjoy spending time in nature.
It suits you perfectly if:
- You don’t want to be confronted in a confined space and may find direct eye contact too much.
- You are a parent with babies or toddlers and struggle to find time for an appointment. With walking therapy there’s no worry about the children: they’re in the buggy, asleep or enjoying the fresh air and it’s good for everyone.
- You spend all your time at work behind your desk and maybe you never take the time to go out for a walk.
- You are an active person and prefer dynamic settings.