WALK AND TALK THERAPY
merging nature, therapy and movement
You’re ready to transform. To move through pain, fears and limiting beliefs. To take a step forward.
So, why do it sitting down?
Here’s the thing: therapy has been taking place on couches inside small rooms since, oh, about 1880. Meanwhile, scientists have been uncovering the incredible power of nature and exercise to improve mental health and wellbeing. We say, it’s time to open the door to change.
Find a walk and talk therapist in your area and learn to…
What is walk and talk therapy?
Picture this: Instead of rushing to your therapist’s office and waiting nervously for your appointment to start, you head to a nearby park. Standing beneath the trees, you take a deep breath of fresh air and feel a sense of calm wash over your body.
Before long, your therapist arrives and greets you with a friendly wave. As you begin to walk side by side, you chat easily; there’s no awkwardness, weird pauses or uncomfortable note-taking action. You feel safe and supported and your problems seem figureoutable.
By the time you part ways, you haven’t just talked, you’ve also spent an hour gently moving your body and absorbing nature. You’re feeling positive and looking forward to your next session.
Inspired? Join the walk and talk movement.
IT ALL STARTED WITH A CHEEKY PUP CALLED DION.
Yep! That doggo on the left has helped change 3,651 lives (and counting).
Our founder, former psychologist Maz Miller, used to bring Dion to the office. Maz loved that office. It had huge windows with mountain views, and paintings of the beach on the walls. Scented candles perfumed the air and nature sounds drifted softly out of the speakers.
But, something was missing...
One day, in a moment of stagnation with a client, Maz suggested they take Dion for a walk. This client had been struggling to incorporate exercise into her lifestyle, so Maz figured, why not just do it right now?
Therapy took on a completely different shape during their walk. The beautiful scenery, the fresh air, Dion, the movement: it all worked to motivate and inspire both Maz and her client. As the session ended, Maz could tell that this was exactly what was missing from her practice.
She went on to trial walk and talk therapy with other clients and the results were unbelievable. People were literally walking their way through problems, improving their health and getting more out of every session.
So, Maz (and Dion!) started a movement. After seeing firsthand how powerful outdoor therapy can be, Maz launched walkandtalktherapy.com to share its benefits and connect people with their local walk and talk therapists.
To experience the power of therapy in flow for yourself, search our directory to find a walk and talk practitioner in your area.
So, you have some questions...
We get it – taking therapy outdoors seems like a big step. But, it’s actually safer, easier and more effective than you might think. Take a stroll through our FAQs to learn more.
Is it private?
It certainly is. When choosing your walking therapist ensure you are comfortable with their selected walking route to protect your privacy and confidentiality.
Is it ethical?
Walk and talk therapy is ethical and based on traditional concepts of your therapist’s chosen therapy style – the only difference is, it’s done in the outdoors! This way of therapy has been used in many practices, especially when a therapist is client-focused and introducing movement and nature as part of tailoring the sessions to their client’s needs.
Do I have to be fit?
Nope, no need to be fit, actually a lot of people access this style of therapy when starting their health and fitness journey. The session is all yours and that includes how fast and far you’ll be walking.
What if it’s raining?
Walking therapists should always have a wet weather plan. Ask your therapist to discuss theirs with you.
What if we run into someone I know?
Your walking therapist will run through this exact question and plan some ways of addressing it prior to your session. Often, a simple wave hello is all you need.
Can my child come with me?
This completely depends on your walking therapist, child’s age and purpose of the session. It’s best to address this question directly with your chosen walking therapist.
Who is not suited to walk and talk therapy?
Walk and talk therapy isn’t suited to people who simply feel more comfortable in an indoor space; tend to run when confronted with challenging emotions; and those who find the outdoors overwhelming due to trauma-related events.
What people say
"I'd never heard about walking therapy until I came across this service and I wish more people were aware of how beneficial it can be for people who would get more out of sessions if they were up and moving in nature."
"The walking is so much better than sitting still in a room as it allows me to think more clearly and talk through what is going through my mind more effectively."
"Promote and expand the awesome offering you have to help more people, especially those for which sitting in a room really isn't the best way!"