When it comes to therapy, not every approach will fit with every client...
Each client is different, but opening up your approach to therapy will help you expand and grow your practice in a unique way.
So what is Walk-and-Talk therapy and is it right for your practice? The definition of Walk-and-Talk Therapy is a mindfulness-based body-oriented therapy that can make it easier for clients to relax, stop ruminating, release physical tension, breathe deep and receive mind-body insight while processing experiences in a different way.
With that being said, here are 3 advantages to having Walk-and-Talk Therapy as part of your practice.
1. It Is a New & Unique Approach To Therapy
When people think of therapy, they have a "passed down point of view". Most often, people think of being in an office or in front of their computer and talking to someone one-on-one. While some people may prefer this approach, it might not be the optimal setting for everyone. Being that Walk and Talk Therapy is a newer approach, it may open up the way we see therapy in general and attract a different group of audience that was never an audience in the first place.
2. It Gets People Out Of Their Comfort Zone
Sometimes the best breakthroughs happen when people feel like they are free and open to discuss exactly what is on their mind. There is just something about nature that allows us to open up and express the feelings that may be lingering inside.
3. It Encourages An Active Mindset
Striving to be active is such an important part of mental health. Kids and adolescents seem to respond well when it comes to Walk and Talk Therapy. It encourages them to be active and take care of their overall health, including mental health.
Just like anything, there are going to be some disadvantages to Walk-and-Talk-Therapy as well.
1. You Can't Control The Weather
Unfortunately we cannot guarantee 70 degree sunny weather 365 days a year, so not every day is the best day for a Walk and Talk Therapy session. Weather can not always be predicted (at least not correctly). So it is important to remember that sessions may not always go on as planned. It is crucial that you always have a back up plan, such as a virtual session instead.
There is the possibility that you or your client may see people that you know during your walk-and-talk therapy session. If this happens, it’s important to have something in place to help face these obstacles.
3. Legal Concerns
If the session isn't being held in a controlled environment, there is always a chance that something problematic will come up. My best tip is to make sure you are covered by having the right paperwork in place to avoid issues that can be avoided. Simple Practice has some great informed consent forms that may help you with this new approach to stay protected.
Bringing a new approach to your practice can be a great addition to your private practice, but it is always a great idea to get familiar with a new approach to make sure it is a great fit for you and your clients. I hope this blog post helps you understand this approach and encourages you to view other approaches you may want to add to your practice.