Do you feel stuck at your desk or in your life?
Are you often bored and easily irritable?
Do you feel stressed and fidgety?
Moving our bodies is one way to help move our minds – just as, in turn, our emotions and thoughts can impact our physical wellbeing. Movement helps to 'unstuck' when confronting the inner conflicts and difficult issues.
Exercise is a natural aspect of being human. It allows us to resolve, to work out, our worries, concerns. Doing so as a shared activity, alongside a qualified counsellor, can also become an active path towards resolution of relational conflicts.
Walking alongside a client – is in my view a very strong metaphor to what therapy ultimately is. We do walk alongside, as Irvin Yalom puts it - as 'fellow travellers'.
Walking therapy can be highly energizing and empowering for everybody, but is particularly beneficial in dealing with such issues as anxiety, depression, overweight, self-esteem and body-image related problems.
I am inspired by the experience of a New York based counsellor and friend Clay Cockrell who has been 'taking therapy off the couch' for a decade.