The A Treatment Center
Offices in Pasadena, CA & Newport Beach / Corona Del Mar, CA
Walk and Talk Therapy!
Kate Hays PhD, author of Working It Out: Using Exercise in Psychotherapy, Hays cites three key reasons for combining exercise and therapy:
It encourages a patient to be more physically active for mental and physical reasons.
It helps a patient get “unstuck” when confronting difficult issues.
It spurs 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.”
- Adjusting to a new baby
- Body Image
- Eating Disorders
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Walk and Talk Therapy sessions are conducted outdoors while walking around the Huntington Library in San Marino, or along the Corona Del Mar Beach and waterfront.
We always have offices available for more privacy, rainy or lazy days.
Walk and Talk Therapy can help treat;
Teens / Adults
Frequently Asked Questions
What IS Walk and Talk Therapy?
W&TT combines traditional talk therapy with the physical exercise of walking.
While walking and getting the benefit of physical exercises, the client receives mental health therapy, a powerful two-in-one treatment. The simple act of walking while talking out life’s issues stimulates new thought processes and allows for new neuronal firings to take place and healing begin.
How does Walk and Talk Therapy work?
First, you will meet with me for an initial evaluation to determine if Walk and Talk Therapy is right for you. After the initial session, the following sessions may be held while walking around the Huntington Library, in San Marino, The Rose Bowl in Pasadena or the Corona Del Mar coast line.
What to wear?
You should come dressed in comfortable clothing and wear tennis shoes or other walking shoes.
What about the weather?
In the case of rain or inclement weather, or even just low energy, sessions can be held in the office. Phone sessions are also an option.
Who can participate in Walk and Talk Therapy?
As long as there are no medical conditions preventing it, Walk and Talk Therapy, is acceptable for almost everyone. Its also helpful for Even mothers with infants as the baby often stays occupied looking around as one walks with a stroller allowing the mother the ability to focus more fully on her session. Of course, you should always consult with a physician before starting any form of exercise. Anyone under the age of 18 years requires parental consent to participate in therapy.
This is not a cardio workout!
The emphasis in Walk and Talk Therapy is on the therapy, and the walking is a secondary benefit. We walk at your pace. You should not expect an extremely strenuous workout or any sort of personal training.
What if I see someone I know?
Many people exercise by walking with friends. Two people walking and talking usually doesn’t attract much attention. It’s not likely that anyone will know that you’re engaged in a therapy session unless you tell them. You can wave and just keep walking.
What about confidentiality?
If you have particular concerns or issues that simply feel too private or if an outdoor session doesn’t feel right, please schedule an in-office appointment. We can always make a change of plans based on your comfort level.
What if I don’t like it?
If you feel at any time that W&TT doesn’t work for you, we can always go back to the office. The most important thing is that you, the client, feels safe, comfortable, and supported
- Mild or moderate depression
- Career/workplace or school issues
- Relationship problems
- Family issues
- Life transitions
- Loss and Grief
According to the Mayo Clinic, walking regularly in a brisk manner can help;
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Prevent or manage heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
- Strengthen bones and muscles
- Improve mood
- Help with balance and coordination.
A 45 minute walk may increase endorphins (the feel good hormone). It activates all 5 sense and helps with Anxiety and Depression. Being in nature helps one be more meditative and grounded. More oxygen means more stimulation in the brain. Walking helps regulate breathing. Deep breathing helps with many conditions including but not limited to better focus and reduced stress and anxiety.
The visual stimulation of a change in scenery allows the brain to adjust to new stimuli and can help with cognition and memory.
For those in CDM, being near the water, helps get positive Ions from the beach air into your lungs.