From Jill Hamilton Buss, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Life can be difficult, throw us curves, take turns we didn’t see coming. If we’re not careful, the curve or challenge (and our response) can evolve into a negative pattern. Things like:
- Anger, substance use, over-eating, chronic stress, anxiety or depression
My goal is to create a safe, nonjudgemental place for you to get support, learn new ways of coping or find ways to make needed changes. To begin to heal and feel better.
My approach is holistic – meaning that we’ll talk about your overall well-being. Mental and physical health are inextricably linked. When one is out of balance, often the other is not far behind.
Chronic stress can and does impact physical health. Likewise, taking better care of our whole selves improves recovery from…everything.
One strategy I offer is “walking and talking”. About twelve years ago, a client who was dealing with extreme anxiety and relationship challenges could barely sit still during our weekly session.
Instinctively I said, “Would you like to go for a walk?” Without hesitation, she said, “YES!“We walked, talked, got fresh air, and she got a fresh perspective, endorphins and was better able to think, untangle her nerves and problem-solve.
With that, my “walk and talk therapy” journey began. Offering all of the benefits of traditional therapy, Walk and Talk Therapy/Coaching propels people forward – literally and figuratively.
This is just one option. I also offer traditional counseling (which most clients still choose). But, if the idea of walking while talking appeals to you or to your teen, it always remains an option.
Clients of Walk and Talk therapy all over the country (I’m not the only one) have said that the simple act of walking while doing therapy creates an environment of possibility and change. While not being a “workout”, the process can provide physical as well as emotional benefits.