Beach Walk Therapy
Beach Walk Therapy
I offer this unique and very effective approach as an option. Many of my clients prefer to take their sessions out of the office and into the outdoors. Living in Southern California affords us this wonderful opportunity as we are blessed with optimal weather. Many people work in an office all day and the last thing they want to do is sit inside for a therapy session. Movement propels us forward-literally and figuratively. Somehow the simple act of walking while talking about life’s issues creates and environment of change and possibility – of forward movement. Through the rhythm of walking and talking there is a snyc between mind and body.
Walk and Talk sessions are conducted exactly the same way with respect to processing challenges and concerns, discussing relationship worries, working through recovery, parenting challenges, addressing goals and formulating solutions – the only difference is our session is conducted while walking. I conduct my Walk and Talk Sessions from my Huntington Beach office which is located within walking distance to the Bolsa Chica Wetlands and the beautiful California beaches.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How is this different from traditional therapy in your office?
The only difference is that we conduct the session outdoors while walking together at a comfortable and moderate pace. Outside of that, and wearing a comfortable pair of walking shoes, nothing else changes. Many clients share that the act of moving as we walk side by side helps to process areas of their life that they feel “stuck.” They have also shared that sitting face to face in a confined space makes them feel like being under a microscope. By walking shoulder to shoulder and moving forward creates a better connection with the therapy and feeling of partnership.
Q: What about bad weather?
It is always the client’s choice to make the ‘weather call.’ The office is always an option and I respect your choice in this.
Q: Is this a cardio workout or personal training?
No. The client sets the pace. The focus is on your processing, and not on exercise-although getting the blood moving connects the brain, and clients share that burning a few calories is an added benefit that they enjoy!
Q: Can I switch back to the office if I find I don’t enjoy this? Or can we alternate from week to week?
Absolutely! It is completely your choice to take the session outdoors for a Walk and Talk session, or to remain inside the office if that’s what you prefer. I completely respect your choice and honor what feels best to you.
Q: Where is the walking location? Where do we meet?
We can meet at my Huntington Beach office as we normally do for a session, or we can meet at a designated spot near the office such as the beach or the Wetlands. There is also nice tree lined streets near the office with very little traffic to offer privacy and comfort.
Q: How long is the Walk and Talk session?
The session is the same – 50 minutes. The first 40 minutes are conducted walking and talking and the last 10 minutes in the office finishing up.
Q: Is there an additional cost for Walk and Talk therapy?
There is no additional cost – the fee you pay for your session is the same fee for Walk and Talk therapy.
Q: What about my confidentiality?
This is not a concern for the clients who currently participate in Walk and Talk therapy- they simply sign a consent form and out the door we go! If by chance we happen to run into someone you know, then I will follow your lead and will never compromise your confidentiality. It is up to you to acknowledge me as your therapist or coach if you choose to do so- the choice is completely up to you.
Q: What if you see someone you know?
My focus and support is on you and the session continues without interruption. Inside or outside the office, I will always maintain your confidentiality and will not acknowledge you to anyone as my client without your signed permission. The general public is used to seeing people walking together every day – it is a part of our normal routine. We are simply two people walking and talking; there is nothing overt that states that this is a therapy session