I have the opportunity to offer my clients not only, face to face, online and telephone counselling but I am also able to offer walk and talk counselling as well as an alternative the choice is yours.
I am able to offer this service as my office at Fairkytes Arts Center is less than a 2 minute walk from Langtons Gardens, that is a very popular and well-loved historical garden located in the middle of Hornchurch. With mature trees and a lake with areas to sit, relax and unwind.
The reason that I offer this to my clients is some people feel more comfortable walking and talking, finding it easier to start discussing their problems when strolling along side by side rather than sitting within a room. I am happy for my client to set the pace of the walk if you want to meander along and have a relaxing walk that is fine, but equally we can set a quicker pace if that’s what you feel comfortable with.
The footpaths are easy and flat to walk and are set within beautiful gardens, for some people being surrounded by nature can feel relaxing and reassuring. If you would like to stop and sit at a bench we can continue talking and be part of the nature surrounding us.
I have found walking and talking therapy effective with people of all ages as an alternative to being in my counselling room as they have a sense of freedom and feel more able to unburden themselves. Just being connected to the outside world can be beneficial, and walking and talking can help with numerous problems, not just depression and anxiety but loss and grief, or any kind of difficult life issues you may be facing.
An important thing to consider before doing Walk and Talk therapy is that you’ll be a little more “exposed” than doing therapy in the counselling room. There’s a chance that people may overhear us talking, or that we’ll be spotted somewhere together. You might run into someone you know, or someone I know who doesn’t realize that we’re working. If you choose therapy outside of the office, we’ll talk about how you want to handle these things if they do happen. Confidentiality is an important part of the counselling process, so it’s entirely up to you if you’re comfortable with this. We can talk more about it together so that you can make the best possible choice for yourself.
As our wonderful British weather can be very changeable my office is nearby if the weather is too bad for walking session.