Carolyn Knaggs BACP ACCRED Walk&Talk Outdoor Therapy available NOW
*To address social distancing I am now offering Walk & Talk Outdoor Therapy* Simply put, Walk & Talk therapy is counselling whilst walking (or sitting) outdoors. Some clients find it more comfortable walking side by side with a counsellor anyway, rather than sitting face to face in an enclosed room. It is conducted in the same way as counselling in a room, and the focus is still on exploring relationships and issues together, to hopefully discover a resolution or opportunity for change.
The aim of all sessions (however they are conducted) is to work towards an understanding of the challenges you face and the changes you wish to make. During sessions, you will be the focus of our attentions and I will value you without judgement, as a unique person, an equal. Having been in counselling myself, I have an understanding of the process. It can be a daunting prospect, and I will support you in that journey. I have listed many specialities and whilst I do have experience of working with them, I believe there is more to you than a "diagnosis" or an "issue" so the focus is on you the whole person, and whatever you choose to bring.
I have made some changes in the counselling room (chairs 2mtrs+ apart and sanitize between clients) so am now also offering face-to-face sessions in the room.
What is Walk and Talk Therapy?
Routes may either start at the counselling room, or we may arrange to meet at another location. Sessions will last 1 hour from start of a route to the finish. On some routes there will be opportunities to sit, and you may choose that only part of the session consists of walking. I stick to a selection of routes in the same areas, as I have specifically risk-assessed them. If you have a particular location you would like to walk in, after a prior discussion, I will endeavour to accommodate your wishes. There are opportunities for less restricted movements and chances to engage with mindfulness, however this will be your choice, and not a requirement. The walking aspect will also serve as physical exercise, which is proven to benefit both mental and physical health.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need any special equipment? No. It is however, very important that you wear suitable clothing for walking outside in different weather conditions, e.g. suitable footwear, coat, hat, sunscreen, scarf etc. Also consider bringing some water, or a flask if you prefer.
Do I need to be fit? The pace for the walks is set by you. I will be mindful of when we need to return to the start. Different routes may have challenges (e.g. styles or hills) and so it is important to discuss any concerns with me prior to walking, we will set aside time to do that prior to sessions. If you have any concerns, it is recommended that you seek the advice of a medical professional before starting any new exercise activity.
What if the weather is bad? If the weather is likely to make a walk unsafe or sufficiently uncomfortable, the session can either be conducted online, or in the counselling room where we walk from, or with enough notice, rescheduled or cancelled. It is important we have shared our contact details beforehand so this contact can be made if necessary.
What if I decide it isn't right for me? As with all therapy, if you feel that this type of therapy is not right for you, we can explore different options. One of the challenges of working outdoors is that we cannot completely control this environment. What happens if we accidentally bump into a friend, or we come across a lost dog/child for example? Whilst unexpected incidents can help us learn about our responses to challenges in our lives, we will discuss and agree beforehand what we will say or do, should anything unexpected happen.
Are Walk and Talk sessions more expensive? Not usually, if you are happy with walking from the counselling room, or one of the routes I choose, then they are the same price as all my others. £40 per 1 hour session, payable either at the beginning or end of the session. Rates can be discussed for routes further away from central Scarborough.
If therapy outdoors is not for you I am also now offering face-to-face sessions. The counselling room I use allows for a distance of 2+ metres between us, has good ventilation and contact points are sanitised inbetween all clients.
I have worked in various settings with enduring diagnosed mental health conditions, abuse, trauma, domestic violence and have done a large amount of work with students and the various issues they bring (study related and otherwise.) I am also qualified in CBT and have used this technique to much success, especially with social anxiety.
Training, qualifications & experience
Years in Practice: 7
Enhanced DBS certificate
Membership: British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy - BACP Accredited Member
Subject: Theory and Practice of Counselling - BA Degree - University of Hull Grade: First Class with Honours
Subject: Counselling Skills- FdA Degree - University of Hull Grade: Distinction
Subject: Mental Health First Aid Qualified (Mental Health England)
Subject: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trained (ASIST)
Subject: ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) Level 1 APT (Association for Psychological Therapies)
Subject: How to do Counselling online: A Corona Virus Primer (Open University)
Subject: Outdoor Therapy Training (Counselling in Northumberland)
Subject: Trans Awareness (Gendered Intelligence)
Subject: Counselling for Depression (Brunswick Centre)
Subject: Responding to Modern Slavery (Hope for Justice)
Subject: Applying theories of Grief to Practice (BACP)
Subject: What is, and why do people self-harm? (BACP)
Subject: Safeguarding (N Yorks Safeguarding Board)
Subject: Sexual Violence Awareness (AEGIS)
Subject: Abuse: PTSD and Dissociation (Inner Child Potential)
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Walk & Talk Outdoor Therapy
Creative Therapy Techniques using objects and stones
Sessions available now
One day, or Day one...........You decide.
The first step can be a hard one to take and bearing that in mind, I can offer you a free, no obligation 30 minute chat on the phone. This can give you an idea if it feels right for you to talk with me, and if it feels OK, we could think about the next step. Or send an email, text or message through the Facebook page, Scarborough Counselling UK. I look forward to hearing from you.