Wilderness Therapy Retreats

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About Walk & Talk Therapy

What Is Walk & Talk Therapy?

Walk & Talk therapy is a mindfulness-based therapy. Walking in nature while talking can make it easier for clients to relax, breathe deeply and release physical tension while processing experiences in a different way. As the name describes, clients talk with Tami while walking outdoors rather than sitting in an office. Walking side by side rather than sitting face to face enables some clients to feel more comfortable when sharing in the therapy process. Walk & Talk sessions require an initial intake counseling session conducted in office online.

If you love nature and sit inside all day, there’s an alternative to sitting inside for an hour therapy session. Being in nature has many therapeutic benefits and acts as a co-therapist when you add in nature based therapy. Whether it’s walking and talking in nature or sitting on a park bench you are being supported by nature and a caring counselor.

A Positive Activity

 We know through research that healthy endorphins, the happy hormones, are created by your body when you perform some level of exercise.

When we combine this activity (walking) with nature (being outside) clients often find it easier to reach a deeper meditative state and greater insights.

Reduces Anxiety

Movement (especially in Nature) can help with decreasing any anxiety a person may be feeling during a therapy session. Often times, A client may feel more at ease and relaxed after engaging in gently walking while simultaneously processing their thoughts, emotions, and experiences.

Reduces Intrusive Thoughts

Think of intrusive thoughts as the unwanted thoughts that may cause significant distress and anxiety for you. Often, these intrusive thoughts can include persistent self-doubt, difficulty making decisions  or other worries and questions that do not have a definite answer.

Oftentimes, individuals who do well with Walk & Talk therapy enjoy being in nature. Some others find it difficult to sit still while trying to process emotions in a traditional therapy session. Even others seek Walk & Talk therapy because they don’t like the sometimes awkward format of being stared at by a therapist sitting across from them. Similarly, they may come from a job in which they sit at a desk all day.

FAQ's About Walk & Talk Therapy

Here are a few of the most common questions we get about our Wilderness Therapy Retreats.

What Are The Benefits?

The benefits of being in nature are abundant! There is a growing amount of research showing that being in nature reduces stress, anxiety and depression. It’s no surprise that 20 minutes walking in nature your stress hormone cortisol levels drop by 12.4% but did you know that 20 minutes sitting and gazing in nature lowers the stress hormones even more by 13.4%.

 

• Lower cortisol levels decrease the risk of anxiety, depression, heart disease, weight gain, and memory and concentration impairment.

• 7% decrease in sympathetic activity (fight or flight), a 1.4% decrease in blood pressure, and a 5.8% decrease in heart rate.

• Time in nature improves our mental performance and creativity 50% percent better on creative problem-solving tasks after three days of wilderness backpacking. Researcher David Strayer

• Time in forests seems to significantly improve mood in countless studies replicated in a variety of culture

• Improved Short Term Memory – 20% better after a walk around an arboretum vs a city street – similar study on depressed individual boosted working memory.

 

We hope you get outside and connect with nature even if walk and talk therapy isn’t for you.

Who is Wilderness Therapy Retreats, LLC (WTR)?

Here at WTR we all love nature and have a passion for sharing the benefits of reconnecting individuals with nature through numerous experiences. Our guides have a combination of experts in the field including Wilderness Therapists who are also licensed professional counselors, our Fly fishing, hiking, yoga and meditation guides are experienced and trained in their field. We are also trained in wilderness first aide.

Where Does Walk & Talk Therapy Happen?

In addition to traditional in office therapy we also conduct sessions in local parks and on trails in places like Cedar Ridge Preserve. (Arlington, Mansfield & Cedar Hill).

If you have an other favorite park or outdoor setting, please let us know!

Is This Exercise?

Not really. While there is some movement, it is never more than you’re comfortable with. We often stop & sit along park benches and conduct sessions from there.

What About Inclement Weather?

We always keep an eye on the weather and will make alternate arrangements with you if the weather is not conducive to a good session.

Are You Ready To Begin The Process?

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Client’s utilizing Walk & Talk Therapy sessions report feeling happier, motivated, renewed, invigorated, more positive and less anxious following their sessions. Contact Tami to set up a meeting to see if Walk & Talk Therapy is right for you.

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