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Walk with me
Walk & Talk counselling
Talking therapy in nature; walk and talks offer clients an alternative venue to the counselling room. They take place in parks and green spaces around Salford and Manchester.
This can be used as a way to practice mindfulness, to reduce stress and for clients who feel that the traditional counselling room setting is too uncomfortable for them or simply want a change of scene. It can also be a nice way to transition from regular weekly sessions to infrequent sessions as we move towards ending our work together - literally taking what you've learned out into the world with me by your side.
Walk & Talk counselling is also a great option for those wanting a one off or infrequent sessions as a mental health check in or to talk through a specific issue that you don't feel requires weekly counselling.
For new clients we will need to have a video call consultation first, this is free and takes about 20 minutes.
There's lots of evidence to suggest that walking in nature helps us think and feel better so for me it's the ideal way to boost your mental health.
"We're all just walking each other home" - Ram Dass
Are Walk & Talk sessions happening during COVID-19?
Yes! Walking outside together is a very safe way to have therapy as we'll be surrounded by fresh air. I will have hand sanitiser available if needed and we'll be avoiding other people anyhow.
What if we are overheard?
Though we will aim to walk in quiet places, as we will be out in public we may be heard by passers by. If others come within earshot we can simply wait until they pass by so please be mindful of your surroundings. Remember that we – and others – will be walking so will only be in close proximity for a few seconds.
What happens if we meet people we know?
It is unlikely but possible that either of us will see someone familiar during our session. We will discuss before our first session how you would like to manage this, usually a simply wave/nod to the other person does the trick.
What happens if I get upset?
It’s absolutely fine if you feel tearful during a Walk & Talk session. It’s a good idea to have some tissues in your pocket – I usually carry them too. It’s very unlikely anyone will notice this and we can always find a quiet spot to sit together until you’re ready to keep walking.
Will there be toilet facilities?
This will depend on location but in most parks there aren’t toilets available so I would go before you come out for your session.
Do I need to bring/wear anything in particular?
You may want to bring water/a drink with you and some tissues. Wear whatever will be comfortable and appropriate for the weather – layers are usually a good idea and sun cream if it's a sunny day.