Walk and Talk Therapy
Movement in your Body creates movement in your life -Erin Stutland
Ryan is now offering walk and talk therapy in Austin, Texas. This is a great option for clients who process their thoughts and emotions more easily while moving their bodies, and being in nature!
Some common questions…
What makes this different than traditional talk therapy?
Walk and Talk therapy is emerging as a new trend, both as an addition to regular talk therapy, or as a replacement for it. A client would receive the same benefits as the regular psychotherapy approach, with the added benefit of exercise, which is scientifically proven to have a positive effect on, both, the mind and the body.
Can anyone do Walk and Talk therapy?
This approach can be beneficial for most people, but there are situations where therapy in an office may be more effective. Your needs and options will be discussed during the initial consultation. Also, please remember to consult your physician before beginning this, just as you would any new movement routine.
What can I expect from a Walk and Talk therapy session?
Just as in regular talk therapy, each session is different, and is tailored to the goals and needs you have on that day. You will have the opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings, or discuss whatever issue is present for you as we walk; or if a more meditative, quiet movement is calling to you in the moment, we may do that as well. If at any point the conversation or movement becomes challenging, we may find a quiet place to sit until you are ready to continue. There is only one rule: to take mindful care of your mind and body and to know that you are always in control of your body and your session.
What do we do in the case of bad weather?
In the case of inclement weather, we may grab our umbrellas and go anyway, meet at an indoor venue, or have the session in my office that day.
What do I wear? Wear comfortable clothes for movement that are compatible with the weather forecast. Also, comfortable walking shoes are greatly encouraged.
What if someone sees or hears us?
I will take great care in the protection of our time together, but being out in public does put us at risk for a breach of confidentiality. We will be mindful of those around us, walking at a distant from others when possible, or finding less crowded routes. We will also discuss ahead of time what our plan will be in the event that someone we know approaches us. My priority is that you feel safe during our session, but if confidentiality is a large concern for you, then we will discuss alternative options (such as keeping our sessions inside the safety of my office walls).
What days and times is Walk and Talk therapy offered? I offer Walk and Talk therapy sessions on Friday mornings at 10AM, 11AM, and 12PM. Weekly, and bi-weekly options are currently available.
How much does it cost? My Walk and Talk therapy sessions costs as much as my traditional talk therapy sessions: $125/session. I accept cash, credit, and check. I do not accept insurance, but am happy to provide receipts for you to submit for reimbursement.
This sounds interesting! How do we begin?
If you are curious about trying this, email me to set up an initial in-person consultation session to meet each other, and to discuss if this is right for you. After the initial office consultation, we will pick a time and place to meet, put our walking shoes on, and get moving! If you are a current client wanting to incorporate this into our work together, let me know and we will discuss your options.