What is a “Walk & Talk” Approach to Therapy or Coaching?
- Walk & Talk Therapy is an approach that brings the therapy and coaching to the outdoors. It is applying the same interventions as in-office sessions, but in an outdoor setting, while walking at a comfortable pace. Such interventions include: insight-gaining conversations, motivational interviewing for habit change, solution-focused questions for helping identify strengths, and techniques for setting and achieving your life and wellness goals.
- Some people find Walk & Talk Therapy to be more relaxed or meditative than therapy in a traditional office setting. They feel more connected to their bodies and to nature, and therefore have a different experience during Walk & Talk than in an office session.
- While Walk & Talk Therapy may support a fitness routine or jump-start an active lifestyle, it is NOT a workout or exercise session. Although I am a Certified Personal Trainer, I will be functioning ONLY as your Counselor or Wellness Coach, but in an outdoor nature environment.
- Walking is good for our physical and mental health. Research has consistently supported the positive impact that regular exercise has on mental well-being. Exercise may play a significant role in improving depression and anxiety symptoms, and reducing physical health risks.
Who is Walk & Talk Therapy Right For?
- Walk & Talk Therapy is beneficial for people who want to “get moving:, both literally and figuratively.
- People who are easily distracted or who feel more comfortable communicating “side by side” rather than “face to face” may benefit from Walk & Talk Therapy meetings than traditional office sessions.
- Walk & Talk Therapy & Coaching may be appropriate for clients seeking help with a range of issues, including:
- depression & anxiety
- life transitions
- grief & trauma
- relationship challenges
- establishing and maintaining healthy lifestyle or permanent weight loss
- emotional or binge eating
Walk & Talk Therapy Fee
- The fee for Walk & Talk Therapy is the same as an in-office meeting for the Station Camp Greenway, and Bledsoe Creek locations: $100 per 50-minute session.
- Due to the increased commute time necessitated for the Radnor Lake location, the fee is increased to: $150 per 50-minute session.
- Therapy appointment time begins and ends at the agreed upon outdoor location.
- You, the client, will set the pace for the Walk & Talk Therapy sessions. Whether you prefer a slower, more meditative pace, or a more active, faster paced, vigorous session, Walk & Talk Therapy seeks to “match your pace”.
- When you request a Walk & Talk Therapy session, you will have a 90-minute initial intake session in the office ($150), where we will discuss potential risks and benefits of Walk & Talk Therapy. We will also discuss your desired goals for therapy or wellness coaching. Based on this visit, you and the therapist will make a decision whether to continue with Walk & Talk Therapy sessions.
- Walk & Talk Therapy is not appropriate for ALL clients. There are some situations that would contraindicate Walk & Talk Therapy as an appropriate mode of therapy, and these will be screened for, and discussed thoroughly, during your initial office visit.
- Privacy: A major concern the client needs to be aware of is that, with Walk & Talk Therapy, we will be in public spaces, where we risk encountering familiar people. Your confidentiality is of utmost concern. In the initial office meeting, we will address how you would like to handle such boundaries situations. For example, how we will manage sensitive material if someone approaches or passes us on the trail. I will support you in making an informed decision.
- Physical Considerations: As your counselor, I seek to provide a safe psychological space for you, as well as a safe physical space. Certain physical conditions may not be appropriate for Walk & Talk Therapy, or will require physician clearance prior to engaging in Walk & Talk Therapy sessions. Such conditions will be discussed during the initial office visit, and include: allergy to bee stings or poison oak, history of muscular-skeletal problems, cardiac conditions, asthma, or other health concerns I should be aware of. Consultation with a physician is recommended prior to engaging in any new physical activity.
Where do we meet?
1. Bledsoe Creek State Park, Gallatin TN
2. Station Camp Greenway, PARK AT DOUGLAS-CLARK HOUSE, Gallatin TN
3. Radnor Lake State Park, EAST PARKING LOT, Nashville TN
How Do I Make An Appointment?
Call Emily Sullivan at 615-510-4551