Walk and Talk Therapy combines the benefits of traditional talk therapy sessions with mild exercise. It can help clients relax more than if they were sitting in an office. Walk and Talk Therapy also allows the brain to release certain chemicals that help decrease depression and anxiety while improving mental health.
Walk and Talk Therapy FAQ’s
How is Walk and Talk Therapy different from traditional therapy?
The main difference is that sessions occur outdoors as we walk together. Please wear comfortable clothes and walking/running shoes.
What about bad weather?
If the weather is bad, then we can move the session to the office.
Is this a strenuous workout? Will I be able to keep up?
This is not a stressful or fast-paced walk. You will set the pace. Sessions are focused on allowing you to process your thoughts and feelings.
What fitness level do I need to be?
Walk and Talk Therapy clients are all fitness levels. You set the pace. If you prefer to sit on a bench, that is fine too.
Can I see my therapist in the office if I choose?
You can switch to our traditional office at any time.
Is there an additional cost for Walk and Talk Therapy?
There is no additional cost. It is the same fee as a traditional session.
What about confidentiality?
If we see someone you know, you can decide how to handle it. Your therapist will maintain your confidentiality. A signed consent form is required to address confidentiality prior to beginning.
What are the typical locations?
Nearby parks, beaches, and the Pinellas Trail are typical locations.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes, depending on where we decide to meet and your dog’s temperament and personality.
Walk and Talk Therapy in the Media/Resources
- WebMd – Walk and Talk Therapy
- American Psychological Association – A Natural Fit
- Awakening to Walk & Talk Therapy