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What is Walk and Talk Therapy?

Walk and Talk Therapy in Wollongong

Walk and talk therapy, also known as outdoor therapy or nature therapy, is a form of counseling or therapy that takes place outdoors, typically in a natural environment such as a park, beach, or forest. Instead of being conducted in a traditional therapy office setting, the therapist and client engage in a walking session while having a therapeutic conversation.

During walk and talk therapy, the therapist and client walk side by side, creating a more casual and relaxed atmosphere compared to a formal office setting. The physical movement and connection with nature can contribute to a sense of well-being and can be particularly beneficial for individuals who find it helpful to be in motion or have a preference for being outdoors.

This type of therapy offers several potential benefits. First, the natural environment can provide a calming and grounding effect, reducing stress and anxiety. The physical activity of walking can also release endorphins and contribute to an improved mood. Additionally, the change in scenery and being outdoors can provide a fresh perspective and stimulate creativity and problem-solving abilities.

Walk and talk therapy can be suitable for a variety of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, stress, and relationship issues. It may be particularly helpful for individuals who feel more comfortable opening up while engaging in an activity or those who find the traditional therapy setting too confining or intimidating.

It's important to note that walk and talk therapy may not be appropriate for everyone or for all therapeutic goals. Some individuals may require more privacy, confidentiality, or a controlled environment for their therapy sessions. It's recommended to discuss the suitability of walk and talk therapy with a qualified mental health professional to determine if it aligns with your needs and preferences.

We currently offer walk and talk at our standard rate of $120/hr, however, please ask about concession rates for students and those experiencing financial difficulty.

One of our beautiful locations for walk and talk therapy

Hope Christian Counselling
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