Walking the talking: Exploring how we include walking in our therapeutic practice
Explore and investigate how walking with your clients can be incorporated into your therapeutic practice, as well as the potential benefits.
Talking therapy in the 21st century is increasingly becoming more embodied; interventions are now used to help clients step out of the chair and into movement and the open, fresh physicality of their lives. Yet this is not so new. Freud would walk with his clients around the Ring Strasse in Vienna, literally walking the talking. Clay Cockrell, the founder of walk and talk therapy in New York, sees around 40 clients a week in Central Park.
Since 2017, I have incorporated mindful walking (I have delivered over 50 workshops and three, five-day retreats in mindfulness and am a UK-registered mindfulness trainer and supervisor) into my therapeutic practice, at times offering mindful walking, at times delivering therapy and supervision whilst walking. The feedback has been entirely positive.
In this six-hour experiential CPD, we will be exploring how we might do just that - go for a walk with our clients and investigate how we might develop this further in the context of our therapeutic practice, with reference to therapy, mindfulness, neuroscience, and current embodied thinking.
This workshop will explore;
- the issue of just sitting and our somewhat sedentary culture
- the benefits of walking, physiological, psychological, neurological, and psychospiritual
- the three domains of walking - pre-personal, personal, and transpersonal
- the practicalities - how long is a good walk? Might it just be built into a session?
- professional issues around walking - ethics, limits, and good shoes
- urban or rural?
- the philosophers of walk - Whitman, Nietzsche, Rimbaud, Thoreau
- 'Walk with Me', a film by Thich Nhat Hanh
- the poetry of walking
- walking and talking
- breathing and walking
- walking sticks
- mindful walking
- forest bathing
- the fork in the road - embodied dilemmas
- walking with a higher power
- compassionate walking
- sense walking
- the walk less travelled - resilience walking
- walking with loss, anger, and jealousy
- post-walk reflections
- case studies
- supervision and walking
...and yes, we will be doing some walking around Jesmond, so bring good shoes, water, and a coat!
About Valerie Adlparvar
Graeme has been a therapist since 1998. Originally trained in the person centred approach he then continued his training with Relate in Rugby using psychodynamic and behavioural approaches to counsel couples in their relationships. In 2004 he completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Couple Therapy with the University of Manchester.