What is Walk and Talk Therapy?
Since I wrote my last blog post, about 6 weeks ago, daily life for most of us has completely changed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people have either lost their jobs, have reduced hours, or are working from home. Parents are struggling to home-school children, and we are leaving the house only for essential items like food, or to exercise. We may not have seen close relatives for some time, unless we happen to be living in the same house. These are massive and difficult changes that we are all trying to adapt to. Its very normal to feel stressed and anxious about this current health crisis.
Due to increasing coronavirus restrictions, I have temporarily stopped seeing people face to face, and like everyone else, I am practising safe physical distancing (the usual term is social distancing, but physical distancing is more accurate. We don't actually have to stop being social, we just have to stop being physically close to other people).
At the moment I am able to offer two therapy options, which are very different to what I am used to, and very different from each other as well.
The two options are: phone or video sessions (known as 'Telehealth')*, and 'Walk and Talk Therapy'. Telehealth means we will connect via technology, and this can mean we can still make art, if that is what you like to do, although you will need to supply your own art materials. Walk and Talk Therapy literally means going for a walk with the therapist, whilst discussing your concerns, and enjoying the natural environment, in a suitable location. Its a great option if you don't like the idea of Telehealth. I have done a few Walk and Talk sessions now, and people have reported liking it a lot.
So what is great about Walk and Talk Therapy?
- If you feel agitated talking about difficult topics, it is great to give your body a chance to move, to dispel some of that nervous energy
- If you are feeling lethargic, it is also great to get your body moving
- Being in nature is very good for us, and helps us to feel relaxed, and less stressed
- Exercise is basically very good for us, and will help not just with physical but also emotional well-being and stress reduction
- Sometimes it can be hard to make eye contact when we are speaking about emotional topics, but this is not necessary in a Walk and Talk session
- And finally, we might go to a park you didn't know about before, so you have a new place to explore and enjoy.
So if you wish to try either of these options, please make contact, and we can discuss what will work for you. In the meantime, you may like to read this blog post about stress reduction. Take care and stay safe.
*For Telehealth, you can still use your usual Medicare or NDIS packages. For a while, all Telehealth sessions had to be bulk billed, but this is no longer the case, except in some circumstances. Please discuss if you are not sure about this.