Owing to Covid-19, I currently offer ‘walk-and-talk’ therapy around the beautiful Edge. Many of my clients prefer to walk with me in nature and find it easier to talk side-by-side, rather than inside a consulting room.
Being in nature and outdoor exercise is well-known to be beneficial for mental health, so outdoor talking therapy can be especially helpful if you’re struggling psychologically, especially with anxiety or excess stress.
Many of my clients, like me, also love being outdoors and keeping themselves fit, so it is an ideal way to get some exercise, reduce your stress levels and feel more calm, while working on your psychological health.
How does ‘walk and talk’ counselling in Alderley Edge work?
My clients and I usually grab a coffee and then follow one of the quieter paths. I know them all, so you don’t need to worry about navigating. The exact format can be adapted to suit you and sessions usually last around an hour. You’re welcome to bring your dog if they won’t distract you too much from talking. If you don’t have a dog, but enjoy their company, I can bring mine (a big, friendly giant). Sometimes though, it’s nice to walk without a dog and just concentrate on you for an hour, especially if you have a busy life. Walk and talk counselling also can work really for young people.
Please note, walking and talking therapy is not the best setting for discussing very traumatic or upsetting events. If you would prefer a more traditional counselling setting, you can come to my warm and welcoming consulting rooms just up the road in Wilmslow, or in the centre of Manchester. I also offer online therapy sessions you can do from the comfort of your own home if you prefer.
Where do we meet?
If you’re driving, there are many places in Alderley Edge you can park. There is a pay-and-display National Trust car park next to the Edge, or you can park in the village.