Walk and Talk: now the weather is a little better for getting outdoors, we can resume Walk and Talk.
The majority of us spend our workdays indoors, often with limited opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Engaging in a leisurely walk while conversing provides an excellent way to unwind and express your thoughts. The sessions are flexible, with the option to divide your time between a 30-minute walking and talking session and a 30-minute session at the DIPAC office.
This experience isn’t intended to be a strenuous activity; rather, it involves a gentle stroll around the Barton suburb suitable for individuals of all fitness levels. Research indicates that spending time outdoors naturally boosts energy and fosters a more positive outlook.
Let’s have a conversation in the open air.
You might be eligible for private health rebates. NDIS participants are also welcome.
Walk & Talk: Walk and talk therapy, often referred to as outdoor therapy or ecotherapy, integrates traditional talk therapy with outdoor physical activity, primarily walking. Rather than being confined to a conventional therapy room, the therapist and client hold sessions while walking in a natural setting, such as the scenic Barton suburb.
The advantages of walk and talk therapy encompass:
Physical well-being: Combining physical activity with therapy yields positive effects on physical health, including improved cardiovascular fitness, heightened energy levels, and decreased stress.
Mental and emotional well-being: Being amidst nature and engaging in physical movement can have a constructive impact on mental and emotional health. It aids in diminishing anxiety, depression, and stress, while fostering relaxation, an improved mood, and mental clarity.
Enhanced self-reflection: Walking in a natural environment sets a tranquil and contemplative ambiance, facilitating introspection about one’s thoughts and feelings. This contributes to greater self-awareness and personal development.
Heightened creativity: Exposure to natural elements outdoors can stimulate creativity and problem-solving skills. The change in surroundings and sensory input can trigger novel perspectives and fresh insights.
Therapeutic alliance: The casual and comfortable environment of walk and talk therapy fosters collaboration and equality between the therapist and client. Walking side by side, as opposed to facing each other in a conventional office, creates an informal and relaxing atmosphere that enhances the therapeutic alliance.
Connection with nature: Spending time outdoors has proven mental health benefits, including stress reduction, mood improvement, and increased feelings of connectedness and well-being. Walk and talk therapy enables individuals to directly experience these advantages, establishing a deeper connection with the natural world.
It’s important to acknowledge that walk and talk therapy might not suit everyone or all therapeutic needs. Physical limitations might prevent certain individuals from participating, while others may prefer the privacy and structure of a conventional therapy setting.
Counseling Therapy sessions last 60 minutes, while Walk and Talk Therapy offers flexibility. You can opt for a full 60-minute walk or split the session into a 30-minute therapy office session and a 30-minute outdoor segment.
Our walk can be a leisurely stroll or a brisker pace, depending on your preference.
Please note: Weather conditions permitting.