December 2, 2020

308 - Walk-and-Talk Therapy

The Ins and Outs of Moving Your Practice Outside

Are you exhausted from practicing over a flat screen? Do you have a client who refuses teletherapy and only wants to meet in person, or a client who’s antsy and needs to move around? How about a teenager who’s uncomfortable with direct eye contact? Incorporating walking therapy into your practice can offer access to therapy for those clients who have been difficult to reach in a traditional office space. Learn how to incorporate movement and nature into an effective therapy session. You’ll explore: 

  • What clinical issues and clients are best suited for walk-and-talk therapy  
  • What to do when a client becomes openly emotional while walking through a park, and how to handle confidentiality in this setting  
  • Specific practices to make walking therapy effective 
  • Tips for handling an emergency or inclement weather 

Jennifer Udler, LCSW-C, is the founder and owner of a therapy practice that incorporates walking with therapy. She works with a variety of clients including those with issues related to anxiety, depression, ADHD, self-harm, LGBTQ, trauma, divorce, adolescence, suicidality, grief, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse.  

Note: This workshop is available as self-study credit.


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