'Think Different, Think Simple'
"Following my sudden unexpected surgery and illness I was totally lost, and possibly heading for a depressive illness due to extreme fatigue and lack of insight into myself and medics alike. The strategies that you delivered Claire were fundamental in not only recovery physically, but the ability to look forward to a future filled with new opportunities. A huge thank you." - Alison, former client
Our aim is to empower you to use the therapeutic benefits of the great outdoors and to introduce you to practical strategies that help build a healthier mindset. Our sessions usually take place via walk and talk on the beautiful Cannock Chase, 2684 hectares of coniferous and broadleaf woodlands, in Staffordshire, England.
What is Walk and Talk Therapy?
Walk and Talk Therapy is an alternative to a traditional, inside-based therapy setting. Client and therapist go outside to walk and talk, exploring issues in a natural environment. Walk and Talk Therapy has become an increasing popular way to have therapy over the last 12-18 months. We have been providing this alternative approach to therapy since 2016!
Explaining the process
If you feel that Walk and Talk Therapy is right for you, please make contact with us via our ‘Contact Us’ page or telephone. We will then get back in touch with you to arrange a free telephone consultation to find out a little bit more about your circumstances and if this is the right type of therapy for you. There is no obligation to book a session or take the next step during this consultation.
If you are happy to progress, we book your first session. During this first session we complete any paperwork including the therapeutic contract and issues of confidentiality. For this reason, it is usually easier to complete this in a therapy room or over the telephone. Once we have done this, your Walk and Talk sessions can begin. We will arrange a place to meet and will always return to this place at the end of your session. Walking side by side we will begin your therapy journey. You do not need to be super fit to undertake Walk and Talk Therapy – the sessions will move at your pace.
At OutdoorCure we are big believers in the therapeutic benefits of animals, in particular, dogs! We have our very own OutdoorCure therapy dog who can accompany you on your sessions. Many clients relax more with her around and find her a great source of comfort and support. She is a great companion for your therapeutic session, whether this be in a walk and talk session or at your initial appointment.
Please contact us for more information.
Why the Outdoors, Benefits to the Walk and Talk Approach?
'In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks' – John Muir
Researchers at Kings College London found that being outdoors, seeing trees, hearing bird song, seeing the sky and feeling in contact with nature were associated with higher levels of mental well being (2018).
It has been well documented that direct encounters with the natural outdoor world can aid in healing emotional trauma, reduce stress and lower both heart rate and blood pressure.
A view of nature, even through a window, can speed up recovery from surgery. Studies found that observing the ever-changing environment of nature, enabled people to cultivate a positive attitude, renewed attention and mindfulness which strengthened their self-confidence and self-esteem.
The Benefits of Walk and Talk Therapy
Walk and Talk Therapy has many advantages. It combines the benefits of therapy, movement and being outdoors. Clients often feel more comfortable with it because:
Connecting with nature is relaxing and calming and has a positive effect on our wellbeing.
Walking side by side often makes it easier to open up. Clients feel less intimated and silences often feel more natural.
Walking improves your health and energy levels creating an uplifting effect.
It allows you to think more clearly and stimulate new thoughts/ideas.
Conversations feels easier and more natural, walking in an outdoors setting.
The movement of walking often aids the therapeutic process.
A blog by Mike Diamond of Imperial College Healthcare, NHS Trust explains why:
“The natural, rhythmic, side-to-side motion, or bilateral movement caused by walking causes nerve impulses to cross back and forth between the left hemisphere (the thinking side of the brain) to the right hemisphere (the feeling part of the brain) which induces emotional and intellectual healing from issues such as trauma and stress.”
Why not take a look at our wellbeing blog here.