Simply, a combination of counselling, walking and being outside connecting to nature and the elements.
In the same way that physical health is not isolated from mental health, mental health is not isolated from physical. If we embody this wisdom, this means counselling on the move, walking rather than being sat down. This has the benefit of less eye contact, making it easier to be open. It has the benefit of releasing trapped emotions into wide open. We are also blessed to have the Jurassic Coastline on our door step where we can walk alongside the seaside.
“When we are walking, every step we take is a step of completion, of fulfilment and a step towards self-realisation” – Satish Kumar, Earth Pilgrim
Over time we have become less active in society with car dependence, online living and vast urbanisation. As a consequence we have become less connected to nature and the elements with damaging effects to our health both physically and mentally. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the UK, whilst depression and anxiety are our two most common mental health issues. Physical activity is essential in staying healthy, preventing dis-ease both physically and mentally, and reducing symptoms of dis-ease.
Through our disconnect to our planet, as a species, we have damaged and polluted the very being that supports all life here, including our own. Many therapists recognise the state of our outer world is a direct reflection to our inner world. Nature can help us heal, and we can heal nature.
Walking helps us stay in the present. Looking forward makes it easier to be more open. Nature becomes a facilitator of therapy.
EARTHING: We invented footwear to help prevent injuries understandably. With non-conductive materials on our feet, and some of us living without outdoor spaces, we then disconnected from the electromagnetic waves of the Earth which are vital to restoring our balance. Just as little as 20 mins of barefoot to the planet can help to restore our balance. We can incorporate this into our walk and talk if you wish. If you have any medical conditions, such as diabetes you may need to check with the GP, and an alternative may be to rest your feet on garden grass whilst sat down.
BEACH CLEAN: If you feel inspired to give something back to nature during your therapy time, we could agree to do a beach clean whilst we walk and talk. Depending on our location, some cafes such as Quiddles on Portland offer a free drink for such an activity.
McKinney, Bridget L., “Therapist’s Perceptions of Walk and Talk Therapy: A Grounded Study” (2011). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 1375. https://scholarworks.uno.edu/td/1375