Every Saturday morning, my mother and I had a tradition. We'd drive up to Yonkers, go shopping and have lunch together. Looking back it's not the things we bought, or where we ate that I remember, it was the conversations during the drive.
What does this have to do with walking? I promise you I'm getting there!
I fondly remember my mom and I having the most amazing conversations on the drive to Yonkers. I remember how effortless it was to tell her my "deepest, darkest, secrets". Things that I could not bring my teenage self to tell her face-to-face. Somehow being in the car always made these conversations seem so effortless. In part because my mom was and still is an empathetic and active listener but also in part because I didnt have to make eye contact, and was too distracted by my surroundings to stop my thoughts from coming out of my mouth.
Recently I thought to myself, How can I recreate this in a therapuetic enviornment? and then it dawned on me. Let's take a walk. (Told you I would get there).
As I've said on my website, I take an integrative approach to therapy. One size doesn't fit all, so why should one modality? But let's take it a step further. I thought why be confined by the walls of the office? Let's take a walk! In my experience, taking a walk can ease the mind and facilitate a natural flow of conversation. I have found that the change in enviornment partnered with an activity as effortless as taking a walk can lead to great therapeutic conversation.
So Let's take a walk and see where it will lead?
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