She initially began using walk and talk therapy with teenagers

Walk and Talk Therapy

moncler outlet Work is a walk in the park for Clay Cockrell. Instead of seeing patients in a traditional office setting, the Manhattan based licensed clinical monlcer down jackets social worker practices therapy that combines exercise with psychotherapy mostly in Central Park and Battery Park. moncler outlet

cheap moncler jackets sale “It’s very similar to traditional psychotherapy,” he tells WebMD, “except you are walking while you are talking about issues. I have found that bringing a little bit of movement enriches the counseling session. Now located in Toronto, Hays continues to explore the mind body connection in her consulting practice, The Performing Edge, and is past president of the American Psychological Association’s division of exercise and sport psychology. cheap moncler jackets sale

moncler outlet uk Hays says she first encountered the concept of movement and therapy in the early 1980s reading such books as Thaddeus Kostrubala’s The Joy of Running. The hypothesis is that rhythmic exercise, such as walking, moncler outlet store can be conducive to the process of self discovery. moncler outlet uk

Hays cites three key reasons for combining exercise and therapy:

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It spurs cheap moncler jackets creative, deeper ways of thinking often released by mood improving physical activity.

“Some patients may become anxious when confronting something difficult in a traditional seated, face to face interaction,” she says. “Walking in parallel with visual distractions may allow for easier engagement.”

: Tapping Into Nature’s Healing Power

moncler factory outlet Cathy Brooks Fincher, aBrentwood, Tenn. based licensed clinical social worker with 20 cheap moncler coats years of experience, has also found this to be true. An avid runner and athlete, she has observed that patients at all levels of fitness can benefit from fresh air and exercise when it comes to processing their feelings. She initially began using walk and talk therapy with teenagers who were having a hard time opening up. moncler factory outlet

cheap moncler “When I took them into an adjacent park, I found that patients were much more relaxed and the sessions were much more productive,” she tells WebMD. “Patients have verified that looking forward rather than directly at a therapist can help them open up.” cheap moncler

Brooks Fincher also praises the “healing power of nature.” She says many patients consider the association of being outdoors with recreation and vacation, two very positive things that most people want to experience more.

“We have a beautiful setting in which to moncler mens jackets do this, a public park with a paved path that runs along moncler outlet sale a small river,” she says. “There are turtles, deer, birds, and a horse farm; restrooms and water fountains are nice assets. Clients who try walk and talk often have very dramatic shifts in their thinking about relationships in their lives.”

Licensed clinical social worker Carlton Kendrick, EdM, who is based in Cambridge, Mass., agrees. He got his start using exercise and therapy when working with institutionalized and incarcerated patients in the early 1970s.

moncler sale “When I got people walking on the grounds, listening to cows mooing and birds singing, having to avoid a rock in the road, engaged in a multi sensory experience, the result was the patients were much more talkative and relaxed.” moncler sale

Walk and Talk Breakthroughs

Movement propels people forward literally and figuratively.

“Something changes when people warm to this [therapy],” Kendrick says. “They come in their body armor their suits and when they change their clothing and when they see me in my sweats and sneakers, they loosen up. The literal and metaphorical ability for moncler sale outlet them to move, to experience freedom and a lessened sense of confrontation, of ‘being under the microscope,’ that they may predictably feel in my or anyone’s office setting.

“The comfort of a patient establishing his or her own rhythm is secure,” he continues. “And it’s a subtle bond we are in sync, we are on an adventure together. Being in nature takes [the session] out of my power base and into the streets and hills. It’s much more of an equal turf and moncler sale provides more parity.”

cheap moncler coats Hays agrees. “At any point in psychotherapy where a patient is at buy moncler jackets something of an impasse or if a patient is alienated, those are situations I would be likely to offer this as a way through whatever is going on. A cheap moncler patient might be able to view a situation with more clarity, more insight, and make connections which she otherwise might not be able to because of the biochemical effects of being active.” cheap moncler coats

moncler jacket sale Debbie, one of Cockrell’s patients, says she tried standard therapy in moncler outlet the past but praises the benefits of walk and talk. moncler jacket sale

moncler outlet sale “In my experience,” she tells WebMD, “taking four walls out of the equation helped me open up and feel more comfortable. He plans the route perfectly; all I have to do is follow his lead, which allows me to get lost in my thoughts and emotions and really work it out without thinking of the ticking clock,” says Debbie who asked that only her first name be used. “It allows me to open up more than I would have sitting in a room staring at someone. Also since my blood is pumping, I’m more open to new ideas, my brain is working in a moncler outlet online different way.” moncler outlet sale

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Brooks Fincher says that depressed patients often “turn a corner” when using this practice.

cheap moncler jackets Additionally, anxious or grief stricken patients are also well served by walk and talk psychotherapy. “Because grief can be so totally consuming and feel so heavy, having the counterpoint of being outdoors and accomplishing something positive for one’s health can provide a sense of aliveness.” cheap moncler jackets

She also says that relationship conflicts are where “light bulbs really go on in terms of having a different perspective. In an outdoor setting, [patients] are more receptive to feedback from the therapist.”

moncler outlet store Kendrick agrees. “Clients who are feeling trapped in a relationship or a job, or who are pretending to be somebody they are not will feel a sense of freedom” with walk and talk therapy.” Hays adds that domestic abuse patients may also benefit by “being able to frame things more positively.” moncler outlet store.

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