Walk and talk therapy eases stress and helps promote relaxation and clear thinking. Some clients prefer a less formal setting and the natural world can often create a feeling of safety and comfort for those who resonate with a less professional environment.
Clients get “unstuck” and more grounded as the nervous system unwinds in nature. Walking during therapy can help shift heavy emotions. The body begins to relax, and the mind opens to insights that can change old patterns. Moving forward along the creek and under the redwood trees becomes a metaphor for walking forward in your life.
In addition to enhancing mood and bringing vitality, this experience can help unleash creativity and bring creative solutions to any difficulties you are experiencing in your life. Being in natures helps clients access a feeling of aliveness that can be a counterpoint to feelings of loss, grief, depression, and anxiety.
Clients who have been traumatized and adolescents who are active may also resonate with “walk and talk” therapy Trauma survivors often carry a lot of shame and may have created defenses and walls to protect themselves, so they feel safe and avoid pain.