About walking talking therapy
The events over the last few years across the world have changed many things. Online working has become more popular and many people are desperate to get out and about and into nature, particularly those feeling stuck in small living spaces and in cities. This has also changed therapy and how it is offered. Though I have been working outdoors and online for many years now with many clients all over the world, the demand has never been higher.
Here at walking talking therapy we can walk, we can talk or we can sit and I can listen.
We can meet online or go for a walk and talk but we will do whichever works for you and which ever feels more comfortable for you. I also offer home visits in these areas in the UK.
In and around Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Essex and North London. The walks are also in and around the areas listed, but I also offer virtual walks where we can walk together virtually or during a telephone call.
What is walking talking therapy?
Basically, it means walking and talking during your therapy session, rather than being enclosed in a clinic room, sitting in designated chairs. This can feel quite intense for some clients, to have the therapist sit opposite them. Walking next to each other, side-by-side, even with the social distancing guidelines in the current climate, can for some feel more equal and less formal. However, walking isn’t a must, sitting down somewhere in nature is also an option. It means doing therapy outdoors, in nature, often including or bringing nature and movement into the sessions. You are welcome to bring your dog along for the walk too.
Walking talking therapy is part of the eco-psychotherapy umbrella, which is the combination of ‘ecology’ and ‘psychotherapy’ or ‘psychology’. Within this field we find a variety of outdoor therapies and nature therapies, including walk and talk therapy, horticultural (gardening) therapy, adventure therapy, animal-assisted psychotherapy, like equine-assisted therapy (with horses) or canine-assisted therapy (with dogs) and expanding even further to include wilderness therapy and nature art therapy.
I work with adults, children, young people, couples and families and rates vary depending on the need of the client.
I also offer support to companies, businesses and sports clubs offering mental health support to those that want/need it in the workplace including schools and education settings.
Ethos and Approach
We believe in the providing a supportive intervention from the first contact through our therapeutic assessment.
We will focus on working alongside clients and their families if needed to address the difficulties they may bring to us that may be impacting upon their mental health and wellbeing.
As a Specialist Nursing led service we adopt a multi-modal approach drawing upon psychodynamic, dialectical behavioural, cognitive behavioural, trauma-informed and group analytic theory.
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health
- Young Adult Mental Health
- Adults mental health
- Improving Mental Health Through Technology/ Internet safety
- Group Therapy
- Peer Support
- Personality Development and Disorder
- Anxiety and Depression
- Eating disorders
- Mother and baby (post natal depression)
- Mental health in schools
- Early help
- Crisis management
- Family work
- Parent/child work
- Substance misuse
- Suicide prevention
- Self harm
I look forward to hearing from you,