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Since joining my son at his private practice at McNulty Counseling and Wellness, it’s been amazing to try alternative approaches to traditional therapy. I’ve always been fascinated by the healing power of nature. Moving your body and being in nature is great for your physical and mental health. Therapy in motion, also known as walk and talk therapy, was traditionally found in larger cities. I was impressed by the benefits of combining exercise with therapy. Two healthy things that are good for you! Therapy in motion is becoming extremely popular and our location in downtown St. Petersburg is perfect for a walk and talk therapy and my clients truly enjoy the benefits of walking around downtown along beautiful waters of Tampa Bay! They report that they feel more energized, less stressed, and really enjoy being outside of the traditional office setting.
Clients who elect to do therapy in motion have found a greater sense of emotional awareness that heightens during movement. When walking with a therapist, clients have reported that they are able to think differently and become more inspired to make the changes that they need to in their lives. This is especially true for clients who are looking to get in shape or have hectic work schedules in which health becomes less of a priority.
From a psychological perspective, you will receive the same treatment you would as if you were experiencing a normal indoor session. The biggest difference is when we walk and talk, you will be activating different regions of your brains by adding movement. Through this process, clients have reported the ability to be more open with their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
Walk & Talk counseling exposes clients to the outdoors which can drastically shift awareness to a new set of emotions that they weren’t able to experience while being inside. Studies show that being active and outside has a profound positive impact on physical, emotional, and mental health. Therapy in motion creates an environment of change and possibility while enriching an already powerful counseling session.
Research has consistently shown that physical activity can enhance the mental and physical health of clients and that walking releases endorphins which lead to elevated mood and sense of well-being. My clients can also choose to set the pace of the session from a meditative, relaxing session of walking, to a more active and fast-paced, solution-focused and action-oriented session.
If you are ready to take therapy “off the couch” and experience the benefits of being outdoors, why not try therapy in motion? It truly is a unique approach to traditional therapy. Carolyn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders, grief/trauma, divorce/separation, parent/child relationships, depression, gender identity, self-injurious behaviors. Carolyn is also a court-appointed Guardian Ad Litem for the dependency court system for Pinellas County. She also serves as a member of the County Crisis team. She has over 25 years of experience with children, adolescents, college students, women, men, and families. Call today for a free consultation 727-344-9867!