I believe exercise is a huge component in mental health. More and more studies have
shown a correlation between regular exercise and increased positive mental health. I
often encourage exercise for my clients but I know that most people are busy. Finding
time to exercise and go to a therapy session in addition to the other obligations of daily
living is often challenging. If this sounds like you, you might find that combining your
exercise and therapy into the same 50 minutes block of time is a good solution.
Walk n’ Talk for Teens
Some teens find it difficult to sit in a room and talk about what is going on in their lives.
The thoughts and emotions that they felt while they were occurring can be difficult to
access later in a clinical situation. This is why walk n’ talk may be a good option. Some
teens can talk about difficult or painful issues more easily while they are being physically
Is it strenuous?
When we Walk n’ Talk, you will set the pace. Whether you're a person who thinks
better on their feet during a leisurely stroll, or someone who needs a workout combined
with a therapy session, you can determine the pace of the walking. We could even do
a more strenuous hike. Just remember: we'll need to keep to a pace where we can talk
comfortably - after all it is called Walk n' Talk.
How does it work?
Generally I like the first meeting to take place at my office - to take care of paperwork
and for us to get acquainted. Once we determine Walk n’ Talk is a good fit, we will start
doing sessions outside. We can meet at the Rogue River Greenway at the bridge or at the Palmerton Arboretum. In the case of a rainout we can choose to reschedule. I
normally do these sessions on specific mornings of the week.
Is it confidential?
Unfortunately, because these sessions occur outside, I cannot guarantee
complete confidentiality. We will discuss this fully in our first session. It is possible that
we will come across acquaintances as we are walking, or parts of our conversation may
be overheard. You must be willing to take this risk when you agree to this therapy.