Whilst Counselling is often an indoor activity, there is a growing movement encouraging the use of open space to support the therapeutic process; combining movement and fresh air, with talking through your thoughts and feelings.
We will start with an initial meet in my room in Hythe before venturing outside in future sessions, this allows us to develop a contract and understand the key differences between indoor and outdoor therapy.
We will always move at your pace and there are opportunities to rest along the way if you are new to walking.
If you are interested in this type of Counselling, please feel free to get in touch.
- Do I need walking shoes/boots?
I would strongly advise the use of sensible footwear! You don’t have to go ‘pro’, but 50 minutes walking in work shoes can be a little uncomfortable; this is, however, a suggestion and not a requirement.
- Do I need to be fit?
This is in no way a training session! The focus is on the Therapy, and not the exercise.
- Where will we walk?
I have several routes around Hythe; we can alternate or we can stick to the same route. This is something that can be discussed during our assessment session.
- What if it’s raining?
It is said that there’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing; if you’re happy with the rain, then so am I. In fact, different weather can bring out different emotions and can really help the process. If it really is too much to go out in, we will use my room in Hythe or reschedule.
- What if it doesn’t work for me?
No pressure at all, we can use my traditional in-door space instead.
- Will it cost me more?
Absolutely not, walking sessions are priced in exactly the same way and will cost £40 per 50 minutes (My standard fee for a 50-minute session is £40, however I offer a sliding fee for individuals on a low income.)
- Is there any research to back this up?
The available research for walking/outdoor therapy is growing. Hays (1999) states that walking has huge psychological benefits. There are several books available to purchase that deal specifically with this type of therapeutic approach.