hiking path walk and talk in woodsA new kind of psychotherapy is becoming popular; now you can have a positive experience by using movement to heal the mind, body and spirit. This new Walk and Talk psychotherapy has taken off in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago; and now Ann Arbor, Michigan.

To find out more about this new type of therapy we interviewed Emily Gerharter, A2 Walk & Talk Therapy with Emily.  Emily is a Clinical Social Worker who specializes in substance abuse counseling.

Q: What are the benefits of Walk and Talk Therapy?

A:  Researchers from the University of Michigan and Edge Hill University in England evaluated 1,991 participants in England’s Walking for Health program, which hosts nearly 3,000 walks per week for more than 70,000 regular participants. They found that the nature walks were associated with significantly less depression, in addition to mitigating the negative effects of stressful life events and perceived stress. 

The benefits of Walk and Talk Therapy as an alternative form of therapy has been shown to reduce anxiety, ADHD, depression, insomnia, substance abuse, stress, and many other mental health issues. 

Q:  How do I know I would benefit from this type of counseling?

A: If you are uncomfortable in an office setting, having to look at someone directly, you might benefit more from a relaxed environment where you walk and talk.  Also, if you find that movement helps reduce your anxiety, a hike with a psychotherapist might be just what you need to feel comfortable.

Or if you just want the double benefits of therapy and exercise, Walk and Talk Therapy might be for you!

Q: How will my privacy and confidentially be maintained in a public setting? Won’t we be overheard?

A: Not if you use common sense rules — keep your voice down if others are around. Walk in an area or at a time of day that doesn’t have many others around.

Q: Why did you choose to offer this kind of therapy?

A:  I love the outdoors. I’m open-minded, non-judgmental, supportive, positive, and compassionate.  Walking and talking is a great way to have a positive, therapeutic experience. Life is full of challenges and struggles; everyone goes through times in their life when they need some support. In my experience, traditional talk therapy in an office setting isn’t right for everyone.

Q: Why offer Walk and Talk Therapy in Ann Arbor, MI?

A: We have many wonderful parks surrounding Ann Arbor, so many hiking trails to choose from so it never is boring. Also, Ann Arbor has a thriving alternative health care community and I know people here are open to trying new things. Let’s Get Outdoors and Explore!

About Emily Gerharter, A2 Walk & Talk Therapy with Emily

Emily is a Clinical Social Worker experienced with one-on-one counseling specializing in Substance Use Disorder and/or Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders, Talk Therapy, Problem-Solving Therapy, Woman Empowerment, Behavioral Activation, Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction Therapy, and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). She offers referrals to community resources. Contact Emily.

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