Walk & Talk Therapy

Instead of sitting in front of your therapist in a traditional therapy room, the therapy session takes place outdoors walking side by side. During a walk and talk therapy session, you lead the pace just like in a traditional counselling session.  Walking side by side can be much less intimidating and helps release inhibition and can nurture the therapeutic liaison. It can be taken as an introduction to counselling, followed up by a more formal type of therapy if you’re apprehensive about being alone in a room with a therapist looking directly at you. The focus of walk and talk therapy is not on the speed or distance you can walk but on you, your development and what you are relaxed with. Walk and talk therapy is also particularly helpful for people feeling they are trapped in their lives and has the additional bonus of the physical benefits the exercise brings.

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I have known Mark Wheeler for several years now.  I have always been impressed by his enthusiasm, ability and empathy.  He is a skilled researcher and a caring, effective counsellor, not to mention a genuine, good person.  Mark’s work with Military Veterans with PTSD is innovative and timely, and his results are excellent.

Dr Nick Cooper

Centre for Brain Science, Department of Psychology University of Essex

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