Q: Are you still taking clients during COVID 19? Yes. In addition to walking and talking outside, I also offer tele-health. If you wish to walk outside…
We walk outside in beautiful neighborhoods or on area trails. I have received my two vaccines, but would still wear a mask if that made you feel more comfortable. I have one client with whom I walk about 10 feet apart (I lead) with earbuds in – so we are having a phone conversation but still walking outside at a significant distance. Walking outside is acceptable per CDC and Orange County guidelines and helps body and mind maintain physical and mental health. I will work with you in any way that feels comfortable and safe for you.
What happens if there is bad weather?If we get rained out or it is just too hot (or cold), we can meet in my office. It is always the client’s choice to make the ‘weather call.’ The office is always an option and I respect your choice. If you prefer to walk outside, I’ll say, “Let’s go!”
Q: Is this a workout in addition to therapy?
No. The focus is fully on mental health. However, the simple act of walking (with or without therapy) is healthy for the body – and mind. Research shows it improves muscle tone, strengthens bones, improves circulation and obviously it burns calories. It helps regulate blood sugar which is especially healthful for people with diabetes. Mentally, it has been shown to help alleviate stress, improve mood and calm anxiety. You will set the pace and brisk or very slow – whatever works for you is the perfect pace. Sitting to rest or pause and reflect is part of the journey too.
Q: I am overweight – what if I can’t do it?
Size truly does not matter. We can go slowly. Very slowly. The point is just to move, to breathe and to take the first step. And then another. The rest will work itself out. People of all shapes and sizes can and do walk (or roll – persons in wheelchairs are welcome). If you have special needs or concerns, we can talk about them. Just email me and let’s schedule a time to talk. But after many years of walking with people of all ages and sizes, I am confident (even if you’re not) that you can do this.
Absolutely. It is your choice to Walk & Talk outdoors or to meet in my office (pictured here) if that is what you prefer. I always respect your choice.
Q: Where do we walk? Where do we meet?
Depending on where you live and your preferences, we’ll meet at one of several scouted walk locations in Winter Park, Maitland or Baldwin Park. Most locations have restroom facilities. Or, we’ll meet at my Winter Park office if that is what you prefer. We then walk along tree-lined streets with birds, lakes and even peacocks!
Q: How long is the Walk & Talk session?
You can choose one hour (full 60-minute session); or an hour and a half (full 90 minutes). Some walks offer places to sit, rest and look at the lake or trees. These moments to rest and drink in nature are also important and therapeutic.
Q: What about privacy, confidentiality or running into someone one of us knows?
Many friends walk and talk. Begin to notice how many people you see out walking and talking. Who would know that we weren’t friend if they see us out for a walk? If by chance we run into someone you know, I will follow your lead. A quick hello or a wave may do the trick but it’s always up to you to acknowledge me. If we see someone I know, I’ll just give them a quick “hi” and keep moving. Everyone understands the universal language of “I’m in an important conversation – I can’t stop to talk now.” If they ever do attempt to interrupt, I’ll just say, “I’ll give you a call” and keep walking. I would never disclose our relationship – it is confidential.
Q: What should I wear or bring?
Wear clothes and shoes that are comfortable for walking. Shorts, tennis shoes – whatever makes you comfortable – that’s all that matters. You can also carry a water bottle if you like.
Q: Do I need a release from my doctor to participate?
If you have any medical condition(s) or any concern about participating, you should check with your doctor. However, most people are able to walk and talk at a slow pace with little or no problem. (You will need to sign a general release – see forms.)
If you haven’t been walking much recently, we’ll take it slowly, go a short distance at first and build the time and distance slowly. You always set the pace – and always reserve the option to meet in my office.
Q: What can I expect on my walk and talk? How or does this differ from in-office therapy?
It’s essentially the same thing – we are just walking and talking (as the name suggests). We’ll do this outside in beautiful settings in Winter Park, Maitland or around the Baldwin Park Lake Loop. We will meet at a trailhead or in a park – most with restroom facilities. We can discuss locations to meet when we schedule your session.
Q: Are counseling/coaching and Walk/Talk rates the same?
Yes. The rates are the same as for an in-office therapy session or for walk and talk:
60 – minute session – Full Hour: $110
90-minute session – 1.5 hours: $150
Phone calls will be billed at the same rate as individual psychotherapy for calls longer than 15 minutes (pro-rated). The duration and frequency of sessions that are best for you will be discussed during the initial appointment. Cash, Venmo or Check accepted for payment at the time of service.
Q: Do you accept insurance?
No, but the majority of my clients receive some form of reimbursement from their insurance. I’ll provide all the necessary paperwork for you to be reimbursed by your insurance provider. I’ll also provide a Q&A – questions to ask your insurance provider to determine your coverage. I have a helpful form to guide you through important questions to ask. Click here to view.
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
I’ll always do my best to work with you. I understand emergencies arise. However, please respect my time and call 24-hours in advance, if possible, to reschedule an appointment. After one no-show/no call, a deposit for future sessions may be required.