- Joseanne Spiteri
We now offer Walk and Talk Therapy!
Updated: Sep 13, 2022
Walk and Talk Therapy is exactly what it sounds like-combining the benefits of outdoor walking with therapy. It's talk therapy, without the 4 walls and sitting part. You can expect the same service you would receive over videoconference or being in person in my office, with the added benefits of nature, movement and a change of scenery.
I feel that especially during this Covid pandemic, many of us are sitting much more than usual and rarely leaving the house. Combining therapy with walking is a safe way to meet with me in person while experiencing the benefits of movement simultaneously. We will be wearing masks throughout the walk.
What about Confidentiality?
Yes, there is a chance that we will run into someone either of us know. We will create a plan regarding how you would like to respond during our first walk and talk session. You decide whether you'd like to introduce me and what that will look like. You can refer to me as a friend. If we meet someone I know, I will greet them and continue walking with you. Don't worry-I will not stop and introduce you. To avoid being overheard, I may ask that we pause for a moment, or step off the trail momentarily.
Of course, information shared during Walk and Talk Therapy is completely confidential and I am bound ethically and legally to treat it as such.
Where do we meet and walk?
We will meet outside my office at 126 Main Street South in Georgetown on the front porch. I try to select routes close to the office where we will minimize contact with other walkers. Please note that routes change based on time of day. You determine the walking pace and we can take breaks and sit on benches anytime.
What are the benefits?
You may know that exercise is helpful for combatting many mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Did you know that combining walking with therapy has unique benefits? These include:
Calms the nervous system simply by being in a natural environment
Boosts mood by being exposed to natural light, fresh air and moving the body
If you have anxiety, the eye contact that often comes with traditional therapeutic environment is minimized while walking. You may feel more relaxed and more comfortable sharing difficult or sensitive topics.
Here's a great article with more info: https://www.webmd.com/balance/features/walk-and-talk-therapy#1
Can I brink my dog?
Yes, please feel free to bring your dog along, as long as you feel it will not interfere with the therapeutic focus of the session.
What if I change my mind?
There's absolutely no commitment to continue with Walk and Talk Therapy if it does not work for you. We can move the session to my office or to videoconferencing if there is inclement weather or for any other reason. You choose what works best for you!